FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: mjfoto
The photo above is perhaps the most challenging of all macro shots I've taken to date. Not that it's super technical, but because it was super windy when I composed it. I had to create a makeshift barrier made of foam boards to accomplish this shot.
Star Trails -- Chasing Perseid
This photo was taken at Lake Ann, near Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker in the Cascades. It took a lot of effort to be able to take this photo -- all the effort certainly gives this more meaning (to me).
1: How long have you been involved in photography?
I bought my first point-and-shoot camera roughly 5 years ago and have slowly progressed since. I've always been interested in photography, but I haven't had much time to devote to it until very recently.
2: Equipment you use?
I have a few in my arsenal. For those of you who have checked my stream and looked through the EXIF info, you should already know. I have two Nikon DSLR bodies (D700 and D300s) and a few decent Nikkor lenses including a telephoto zoom (70-200mm f/2.8G VR), macro (105mm f/2.8G VR), standard (50mm f/1.4G), and a standard zoom lens (24-85mm f/2.8-4). Looking to get a wide angle zoom lens and a film camera in the very near future.
3: Mac or PC?
Mac and PC (Windows and Linux/Unix). I run Linux for my file server/RAID array. I first tried OSX on a PC hardware and learned the ins-and-outs of the OS and its file system before I bought my first Mac. I also run Windows and a few Windows centric application.
There is no point on being a (Mac) fan boy! Every OS has its strengths and weaknesses.
4: What inspires you?
There are plenty of things that inspire me and I can't possibly write all of them, but I can list a few:
Family and Friends
Flickr -- I take a lot of inspiration from other people's work. They certainly help me grow.
5: Preferred subject matter?
Anything under the sun. I love to travel and photography came along handy. I prefer to take photos that are technically challenging. For example: bees in flight, tiny droplets, landscape with dynamic lighting. Shooting photos that are technically hard engages me and helps me focus. I also like to shoot candid moments.
6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
The Northern Lights, a bullet in flight (I've already caught spent shells in flight), and a bald eagle swooping in to catch a salmon. I've plenty of ideas and just haven't executed them yet.
7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
I check with my kid brother who is also into photography.
8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I don't have any technical training related to photography -- I'm self taught. Books and online articles have helped me a lot. Flickr has been an instrumental tool. EXIF info -- I love checking EXIF info -- on photos I've looked through has given me a good guideline for shooting different scenarios.
9: Plans for the future?
I plan to do more hikes to take landscape photos. I also plan to delve into high-speed photography and studio-type portraits including lighting.
10: In one word, describe your photography.