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Old 11-08-2011   #11
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My story is so crazy ,no one would ever believe me . so in a nut shell, at 8 yrs old, my tails and stores ,about what i saw ,were confronted with"Prove it ". My dad," A birder" and hobbiest photog ,gave me a Argus 3 ,and a light meter . then he explained aperture and shutter speed. Off I went. we lived in Miami .the beach , the keys , the glades, all at my back door.One month each summer ,I was sent to a farm in s.central mo. This continued till I was 17. I still have boxes of photos,some from the early 60s.always animals ,and flowers, but Never people .
Problem was I had no idea about comp ,or even art in general . I was a happy snapper,through every hobby, hunting ,fishing ,Scuba ,drag racing, just snapping away loving every minute of it. All film. Then 4 years ago, I found out about forums.
People on the forums were rude and hateful ,but had information I craved .so i lurked .
I bought a gap camera "Z740 " but planned to stay with film...didn't happen .
3 years ago I bought a D90 . My Dad was pleased I had refueled my passion for photography .He influenced me to photograph Birds...after all, "If you can photograph Birds , You can photograph anything ! " He passed away 2yrs ago .
My goal is to be printed,I have a long way to go,to get my quality up to that point,But I will get there. I take a one mile hike through the woods every day ,and spend every spare weekend going some where to photo birds/ducks ,and or wildlife.
BTW. This forum is not rude or hatefull,and that is why I no longer lurk.
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Hey guys - Gatornole (I graduated from Florida, wife from FSU). My passion for photography started about 10 years ago when as a nature lover seeing God's beautiful creation, especially His birds. I started photographing birds - Florida is a great place for these beauties. I started with a Canon XTI and kit lens and have advanced to my current Canon 7D, 100x400is, 5.6 and my new 70x200is, 2.8 mark 11. I got it on a Thurs afternoon in May and was going to try it out on Friday at my favorite haunts. Needed to check something out on my roof eaves and fell off the ladder breaking 3 bones in my right wrist. After surgery and months of rehab - probably have taken 50 clicks - getting stronger and really should be back in action by spring of next year. This lens is incredible from what I've seen so far.
I experimented with art fairs - but regular pictures of birds really don't do well in these formats---I printed them from my printer at home, framed and matted - Got alot of nice comments but just didn't sell. That's when I started producing digital art. Birds, floral and some landscaping. My art really started selling which enabled me to upgrade printers and purchase antique frames and restock without using my capital. So my real passion has morphed into digital art which makes me look at all aspects of picture taking - however, birds will always be my first target when I'm out. PhotoCamel has been an awesome experience with the nicest photographers giving great and informational CC. Look forward to posting more shots again!
Couple examples of my work......Sorry pictures are a little big.....Thanks Steve
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Nice artwork, Steve.
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Old 11-09-2011   #14
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WOW Steve ,Very Impressive !! Oh ,and again.....GO Noles ! lol
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Nice work Steve,
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Hi Guys,
There doesn't seem to be too many ladies appearing here, so I will dive in.
My name is Merrilyn - always hated it, so Lyn it is.
I have only been interested in photography for the last few years, but it started through being a keen gardener and rose enthusiast, and noticing the birds in my garden.
I got serious about taking closeups of the roses and moved on to thinking about getting closer to birds.
Hence an upgrade to an Olympus E-520 and a 70-300 (equivalent 600mm)
This put me right up close to the birds and I was hooked!
I am still bumbling along, but enjoying it so much, and appreciate the encouragement given in the bird forum.
I am 68 years young, been married for 47 years to a great fellow, we have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.
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Hey guys - Gatornole (I graduated from Florida, wife from FSU). My passion for photography started about 10 years ago when as a nature lover seeing God's beautiful creation, especially His birds. I started photographing birds - Florida is a great place for these beauties. I started with a Canon XTI and kit lens and have advanced to my current Canon 7D, 100x400is, 5.6 and my new 70x200is, 2.8 mark 11. I got it on a Thurs afternoon in May and was going to try it out on Friday at my favorite haunts. Needed to check something out on my roof eaves and fell off the ladder breaking 3 bones in my right wrist. After surgery and months of rehab - probably have taken 50 clicks - getting stronger and really should be back in action by spring of next year. This lens is incredible from what I've seen so far.
I experimented with art fairs - but regular pictures of birds really don't do well in these formats---I printed them from my printer at home, framed and matted - Got alot of nice comments but just didn't sell. That's when I started producing digital art. Birds, floral and some landscaping. My art really started selling which enabled me to upgrade printers and purchase antique frames and restock without using my capital. So my real passion has morphed into digital art which makes me look at all aspects of picture taking - however, birds will always be my first target when I'm out. PhotoCamel has been an awesome experience with the nicest photographers giving great and informational CC. Look forward to posting more shots again!
Couple examples of my work......Sorry pictures are a little big.....Thanks Steve

Steve, I really enjoyed your story and art (as well as the other stories here). I have went to several art fairs locally and found that nothing sells very well and I threw that idea out the window. Even in downtown Chicago there were photographers I thought were fantastic! (example Gold Coast art festival)

I just have a really really dumb question... so here goes - do you have any theories why a landscape or bird pic thats drawn has more appeal than a pic that has a lot of better qualities?


Thanks for sharing and best of luck with your recovery!
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Thank you Kevin, Clyde, Steve, and Lyn.. Your stories are appreciated!.. I'm sure everyone else feels the same. K's to you all!
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Thank you Kevin, Clyde, Steve, and Lyn.. Your stories are appreciated!.. I'm sure everyone else feels the same. K's to you all!
I agree, Bill - it's really cool to put a bit of background info / life experiences, behind some of the people who are posting those fabulous images here on the Camel.
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Hi everybody. My name is Eric and I've been into photography since I was 10 (back in 1970). My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic that I got from a cereal company for a couple of bucks and some box tops. I used allowance money to buy film, and eventually got a paper route. I shot photos of just about everything, landscapes at the local parks, little league games, and was the official family photographer on our vacations. In 1980 I joined the Navy and bought a Canon AE-1 to take with me overseas (I served on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and did a Pacific tour). While in Hong Kong, I bought a Canon A-1 and a couple of prime lenses, and later that year, while back in Hong Kong, bought an F1-N. A few years later I took a black and white developing course in college and bought an old, beat-up Omega D2 enlarger and all the needed darkroom equipment. After that I shot mostly black and white, but, eventually, due to time restraints of career and family, it ended up sitting in the closet collecting dust. I still took a lot of snapshots on vacations and the like, but wasn't really into photography like I once was.

Then, last Christmas, my wife bought me a telescope. For a while I just looked thru it, then I started taking photos by holding my Sony point-and-shoot up to the eyepiece, then I started researching DSLRs. Canon seemed to be the camera of choice for astrophotography, so I bought a T1i. Next thing I know, I'm back to taking my camera everywhere and wondering why I stayed out of the hobby for so long. Living on the Mississippi gulf coast, the beach is the logical place to go on a photo expedition. And there are always birds on the beach. So now I'm a bird photographer. I also do astrophotography, still lifes, landscapes, concerts, and just about everything else, but birds and wildlife are my main interests. The plan now is to upgrade to a 7D and a Canon 500mm f/4 after my car is paid off and I have a little extra money each month. For Christmas this year my wife is getting me a solid tripod to replace my $20 Walmart special (an Induro AT313 and GHB2 gimbal head, which should arrive by UPS tomorrow (yee-ha!!!)). Have I mentioned how awesomely amazing my wife is?

I've been hanging around this site for a few months now, and like everybody else, I come to PhotoCamel because it's a friendly place (kudos to the mods for keeping out the riff-raff) and there's always something interesting to read and great photos to look at. Everybody here is really supportive of everybody else and there seems to be a genuine desire by most to see everybody else grow their skill levels and become better photographers. My hat is off to all of you.


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