January 21, 2013
Nikon 5100, Nikon D70s, Pentax *ist d
I don't think I could ever consider myself an expert, there is always something new to learn, but I definately know my way around my cameras and generally get the shot I came to get. The auto setting is for storage only, for when that bear jumps out in front of the car and the person I am with grabs the camera to get the shot while I am driving. Software too, I am always learning new ways to push the boundaries, but consider myself proficient in Photoshop CS6, Perfect Photo Suite 7, Photomatix Pro, and Nik's Complete Collection.
I am totally open to anything, but tend to focus on landscapes. I spend much of my free time trying to get away from the hustle and bustle so I shoot wherever I land. It it tends to be the smaller details that catch my eye; a cozy tree trunk by the bend in a river, a lonely stone on a desolate shore, two leaves that landed together on a log to form the shape of a heart... One thing I avoid is changing what I encounter to stage a shot. For me it is about interpreting what I see. The manipulation of that scene comes through my choice of framing and my post capture processing.
I learned very early in life that to capture and interpret a moment of time inside a camera was pure magic and tons of fun. A large part of my craft is spent in post capture processing, behind the computer as much as behind the lens.