My interest in photography goes way back to a 35mm camera and black and white film. Had a homemade darkroom of sorts and I was hooked on picture taking and processing my own pictures. Also, took a lot of color slides back then. Kinda lost my original enthusiam for photography, then digital cameras came along. That's when I realized I had my darkroom back, my computer, and the old excitement returned. Decided to setup a web site with a photoblog. The photoblog software is pixelpost and can be downloaded from Pixelpost.org. It's been fun setting up this website, been up and running since February 2007. The software I mostly use besides pixelpost is Dreamweaver CS5, Lightroom 2.x, Adobe PhotoShop CS5 and Photomatix Pro 3. Love computers and photography so I think I've found a match here. Now digital photography has re-energized my interest in photography and in maintaining my website and photoblog. Just like everyone else, wish I had more time to devote to the things I really love doing. That's life, you have to take it one day at a time and smell the roses when you can.
Lately, I've been bracketing my exposures and using Photmatix Pro by HDRSoft to create High Dynamic Range or HDR images. I am really impressed with the results. Now whenever I go out hiking and shooting landscape pictures it's hard for me not to attempt bracketing and then using Photomatix Pro. It does make for a longer workflow but the results more than compenstate for it. I'm convinced HDRI are the way of the future and new techniques and technology will soon make this a lot easier. Hopefully, that won't take the fun out of it. Had someone leave a comment on my web site and tell me I'm more of a digital artist than a photographer. However, with HDRI you really need to be both. Like I said before computers and photography are my idea of a fun time, so HDRI is just a natural way for me to go.
Nikon D300 with a Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. I made the switch from Canon to Nikon. I love my Canon cameras and I would have stayed with them. However, I was looking for a new camera and the specs on the Nikon D300 had it over the Canon EOS 40D. Popular Photography magazine picked the Nikon D300 as the Camera of the Year 2007. The design and specifications were just to irresistible and I made the switch to Nikon. Maybe in 3 years or so when I look to replace the D300 I'll switch back or who knows. If you're interested in a list of all my camera equipment that I use go to my main web page at Sirius2 Photography and click on the About link.
Other equipment includes a the Nikon SB900 Speedlite Flash, a Tamron 18 - 270 mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens, Sigma APO 120-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS (Optical Stabization) HSM lens, Nikon AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED Lens and a Nodal Ninja 5 Panoramic Tripod Head.
Have to mention I also made the switch from the bug prone Windows operating system and purchased a MacBook Pro. Really glad I did, so far it's been a lot of fun learning and playing with the Mac OS X Snow Leopard.