Ron C.


Washington, DC

Member since:

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?

What kinds of subjects do you like to shoot?

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).

How would you describe your level of expertise?

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.

What kind of camera are you shooting with?

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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What Ron C. is saying about this Meetup Group

I like the way it keeps me informed as to what is going on where and when. My apology goes out to all those I met and did not get their names. I could not check "Good to see you" by your names. The "slight" was not intentional.

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  • Dee E

    Ron -- thanks for coordinating today. It was a fun day.

    Jul 19, 2014 6:22 PM
  • Vince B.

    DVM is District, Maryland, Virginia
    DMV is Dept of Motor Vehicles

    Jan 30, 2014 5:03 PM
  • David W.

    Hi Ron, I hope you had a good holiday. I am not sure if I'll be able to make the meetup on Saturday or not yet. Hope to know by Friday. Dave

    Dec 25, 2013 11:14 PM
  • Richard (Rick) D.

    I am good. I was referring to my phone because that was the method I used to RSVP. Somehow another comment was created with the letter I. No idea how that happened. Be safe and I'll see you in a few weeks. Thanks, Rick

    Nov 03, 2013 6:48 PM
  • Richard (Rick) D.

    Hi Ron, I must have unknowingly hit a key on my phone or something wired like that, had no idea I had a hanging post. Looking forward to meeting you. Cheers, Rick

    Nov 02, 2013 2:43 PM
  • David W.

    Ron, In response to your question: “What type of intervalometer have you been using in your past time-lapse photos?” I use my Nikon's internal intervalometer for my SLR. If I end up also using my my Canon point and shoot, I use CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit) with an intervalometer script. Occasionally I use my iPhone with an app - but its not as good in low light.

    Oct 28, 2013 8:27 AM
  • Christopher H.

    Yes. Realistically Spruce Peak WV, and the surrounding area will soon be getting snows (if they haven't already). It's doubtful it gets plowed, right? My personal test range for star-lapse shooting gets snow laden as well, but does stay semi open thru winter (IF the road is passible). It, though very high (ELEV 3,500), it is not as dark as WV. But it's half the distance. However, it gets cold as all up there. This could present a problem for some. Any thoughts?

    Oct 27, 2013 9:50 PM
  • Christopher H.

    Welcome to the group Ron. I'm looking forward to the shoot on saturday. Hopefully there will be some great information shared, and it won't be to cold or breezy. Oh, and yes, there is plenty of ambient light, so a light is not needed to get around, but just to dig in your bag and such. See you there!

    Oct 27, 2013 3:50 PM
  • Melony A. P.

    i use NIKs HDR program. right now Onone has a deal w/photomatics I may look into.

    Jun 18, 2013 9:44 PM
  • Melony A. P.

    Hi Ron- thanks for reaching out. I do use HDR, but I am not a member of a group that uses it. I have heard there is a meet-up group in Alexandria that is about HDR, but I have not yet had time to pursue it. I think you can search the meet-ups and locate it.

    Jun 18, 2013 7:47 PM
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