Washington, DCUSA 20001
December 16, 2012
I am an experienced amateur photographer. I also teach "Make Best Use of Your Digital Camera" at the College of Southern Maryland. Anyone interested in a field trip?
I specialize on photos of waterfalls, covered bridges, lighhouses and murals on the walls of buildings. I do landscape photography take photos of interesting architecture. Adding night photography...including DC at night and stars in the sky. I have some great shots of a full moon taken with my 900mm lens and 900mm lens with the 2X extenter. While I lived in Germany in the 1980, I did quite a number of nude (women) photo studies. Unfortunately, all were destroyed, along with my entire collection of European travel photos, in 1986. It was easy, there in the 1980's to get interested models through the local free advertising newspaper (Stuttgarter Wochenblatt).
Experienced amateur. Presentation of my long prints (up to 40+ inches) of the Kingsland, GA city murals to the Mayor was written up in the local newspaper. I am developing a display of all the covered bridges in West Virginia for the Hampshire County (WV) Library system. I am planning a photo book of various subjects in West Virginia. During 2012, I have taken three all-day courses (one in New York City) offered by the National Geographic organization. These, with some repetition, have enhanced my skills as a photographer and teacher.
I have been shooting 35mm since I was 14. Then it was my dad's simple Kodak. I started with simple digital cameras in about 2000 and have continually upgraded. My last two cameras (within two years) were Sony alpha SLR 580, Sony alpha SLT 55 and finally the Sony alpha SLT77. On it, I use a Tamron 18-270mm (f3.5-6.3) zoom lens. After many months of research, I chose the Sony alpha series. I find the Sony alpha series the best value of any camera made today. I also have external flash units for general use and for macro. I have a 2X extender, a wide-angle add-on lens and a separate 900mm mirror lens. I have both a wireless remote and a wired remote that lets me do very long (Bulb) exposures. It has a time-lapse feature that I have not yet learned how to use.
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Being from Bruges myself and living in the DC area, I know that fares to Europe have doubled in the last couple of years. Prices can vary quite a bit depending on which airport you use (Amsterdam, Paris, etc. could all be cheaper at some point in the year); it can sometimes even be cheaper to buy two tickets, one to somewhere in Europe, and another one from there to where you want to be rather than one ticket. Check Istanbul in particular in that respect!!