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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.

My equipment

Canon Rebel Xsi DSLR

Canon Digital Rebel XSI 12MP Digital SLR Camera

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR

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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Lens

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS

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Canon Food and Portrait lens (my GO-TO lens!)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens

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Sigma wide-angle-Landscape lens

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Kata Camera Bag

Kata KT DL-DR-467 Digital Rucksack for DSLR Cameras and Accessories

Kata KT DL-DR-467 Digital Rucksack for DSLR Cameras and Accessories

Canon 430 EX II Speedlight Flash

Check out my first few pictures on my gallery

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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.

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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, bikeall of these are on my Sports gallery.     282114477_wtri1(2)282124057_wtrirun3282150655_wtribike9 copy

No gallery is complete without my buddy, Frankie.

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My last year of shooting included another Olympic Triathlon trials

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A trip to Colorado. We have now gone on 4 trips out west.

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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 Smile

Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox

Monday 4th of October 2010

I love that camera. Oh yeah, I have that camera. Lol. Don't drop it. Costs $200 to repair LCD. :( Love my 50mm.

Frankie is sooooo cute!

Teri [a foodie stays fit]

Tuesday 16th of March 2010

gorgeous pictures! I have a Nikon D40 but have no idea how to use it to its ability. You're inspiring to start learning!