jay

Location:

Muskegon, MI

Member since:

January 21, 2013

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What camera system do you use?

Nikon 5100, Nikon D70s, Pentax *ist d

How would you describe your skill level (Novice, Advanced Beginner, Competent, Proficient, Expert) ?

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.

What is your favorite photographic subject to shoot?

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.

Introduction

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.


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