I picked up a camera about 7 years ago and fell in love with it. I started out using a Kodak Easy Share. I started off taking pictures of anything and everything.
My next camera was a small point and shoot by Canon. I weighed the options between Canon and Nikon and went with the Canon and I have not been disappointed.
Finally, in November 2008, I used my very hard-earned summer school teaching money to purchase my first dSLR. I went with the Canon XSi. I have carried this around ever since. I have invested heavily in some good glass along the way, including the 50mm f/1.4 which is what I use for the majority of my food pics.
I have my equipment listed below. I have my gallery links and sample pictures below.
Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR
Canon Food and Portrait lens (my GO-TO lens!)
Sigma wide-angle-Landscape lens
Kata Camera Bag
Check out my first few pictures on my gallery
While in between cameras, I was introduced to Flickr. I quickly found some interesting groups to get ideas and ways to express my creativity or lack thereof. I found the most influential group to date..the 365. This group had one rule: Take one picture each day with some part of your body in it. Use yourself as the subject and try every possible technique, lighting, lens, post-editing, etc. It did not matter how good or bad the shots turned out, all that mattered was that you had fun and tried to learn how to use your camera. So, I did it.
365 days—That was a lot of pictures. I learned a lot, though. One thing I notice when I go back to look at the whole stream is I’m drawn to black and white. I love the shadows, the contrast, and the many colors of black/white.
I also learned not to be ashamed of my face. Or my shape and size.
I learned that dedication to a year long project leads to dedication in other areas. Commitment takes heart and determination. So does life.
Here is the link to the whole stream Journey to the Unknown-365 Days of Me
I was also fortunate to live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the 2008 OlympicTriathlon Trials, all of these are on my Sports gallery.
No gallery is complete without my buddy, Frankie.
My last year of shooting included another Olympic Triathlon trials
A trip to Colorado. We have now gone on 4 trips out west.
It is now 2013 and my Canon is still going strong!
I have my own photography site so my family does not have to wade through Facebook looking for pictures. Right now it is IN PROGRESS so ignore the mess