I have been in photography for many years. Fortunately most of those early images, i.e. Junior High School, have long since been lost. My friends and family tell me this is a good thing. Fortunately, again depending on perspective, a number of images from the early 1970’s were found in June 2012. All have now been digitized, all are Kodak B&W film and hand processed and printed. I won’t torture you with them here, but they are available on request.
I also have a number of digitized family images dating back to the 1950's and a small number of much older images from family collections dating back into the early days of photography. I have only placed a very small number of images on this website; nowhere near the more than 100,000 images in the database. If you don’t see what you are looking for, let me know and I will dig through the database to see what may be available.
Everything else is mostly since I converted to digital format in 1999 and as time passes the imaging continues to improve proportionally along with the camera bag weight. Most images from 1999 to 2003 are with a Olympus Camedia (~1.3 Mp) then in 2003 I began using a Canon PowerShot S50 adding additional third party add-on lenses in 2005. I still use this camera for IR photography. In November 2005, I upgraded to a Canon XTi which was unfortunately shanghaied in Shanghai in 2009. My images from the 2009 China trip were with a Nikon CoolPix P90 (can you read some level of frustration with a left brain person using this product). Immediately upon returning from China in November 2009, I replaced my Canon with a T1i. In January 2013, I purchased a Canon T4i body and a 40mm f2.8 STM lens. The upgrade has in-camera HDR which works well for static images but computer processing with PhotoMatrix Pro or HDR Efex Pro do an incredible job removing ghosting artifacts. The new body also has a “Hand held night scene,” setting which takes 5 images and in camera combines them for very impressive low light static images.
I have also been concerned about dirt and dust exposure during lens changes in the field and wanted to minimize changing as much as possible. I still use all of the lenses in my bag, just not as frequently. In July 2014, after much consideration, I decided to replace my Canon 18-200 super-zoom lens with a Tamron 16-300 lens as my all around work lens. My old shanghaied Canon 24-135 lens produced better quality images across its zoom range; however, I was willing to accept a bit of trade off for the wider range of the Canon 18-200. The Tamron lens just extends the zoom range a bit further and has similar image quality as the 18-200.
Website image protection is an interesting issue and over the years a number of strategies have been developed. Historically, I was in the "disable the right-click," camp but I have been persuaded that this approach is contrary to well designed web sites. I have developed a compromise approach to the issue:
- Website images are of medium resolution – purchased versions are of much higher resolution.
- Have a prominent watermark – also minimized on purchased images.
- Private galleries have the social networking and, with rare exception, the download button disabled.
- Right-click is turned on.
Currently (05/2016) I use a Canon T6i body with a Tamron 16-300 IS lens for most subjects. Additional bag contents include a Sigma 120-400 IS lens (this thing weighs 6#’s), a Canon SpeedLite 430EX II flash, a Tokina 12-24 Wide angle IS lens, a Canon 18-55 lens with a Raynox Fish-eye conversion lens (Yes, low tech but incredible images with its 180+ degree field of view and over 3#’s incidentally) and the usual collection of filters, mono-pod, etc. All told nearly 25#’s.
For many of my outings, I also carry water and other minor essentials. I frequently manage 7-12 day trips with a carry-on bag only … Now the justification for the Bowflex and the desktop computer with 3 27” 4K monitors and all the processing power and memory I can find... Currently a 6 core Intel processor with 64GB ram, the OS is on an SSD and data are stored on an HDD with an Intel SSD buffer. Backup is critical, for that I use both, a Drobo NAS which has sufficient redundancy to tolerate 2 simultaneous HDD failures and not loose data and Carbonite cloud backup.