I first became interested in photography in my teen years. I had many friends that were extremely interested in photography at that time. My first camera was a Pentax K 1000. I used that body for many years until my interest waned, then I lost it during a home burglary. A short while later I bought the first generation Canon Rebel film body. I used it mainly for snapshots; my interest never really caught fire again. Then the digital revolution came. I bought a point and shoot, discovered the digital darkroom and my interest soared. Canon introduced the digital Rebel and I bought one, I was hooked!
I have always had a strong interest in the natural world. I took to hiking in my early teens and have never stopped. I moved from Connecticut to the Pacific Northwest to pursue my hobbies in the natural world. Digital photography and my interest in nature collided in a big way in the mid 2000’s. I bought a Canon 300 f4 L IS after a cheaper zoom wasn’t quite cutting it. Now I had the bug big time. I carried that combo with me every time I went out hoping I could get some good birds photos. Eventually the Rebel wasn’t good enough anymore so I bought a 5d and a 17-40 f4 L. Now I had a body for landscapes and florals. Now I was photographing like mad. I joined Fredmiranda.com, started posting pictures and looking in awe at the work of others. I learned a great deal from the photographers there from comments they made to the posts of mine and others. The equipment purchases picked up pace with longer glass, better bodies and such. Suddenly I was spending just about all of my free time photographing nature, mostly birds. I absolutely love it! Every chance I get I’m either out walking in the woods, fields, wetlands in search of opportunities. One of my favorite ways of shooting is to head out in my kayak. It makes for a fabulous platform to photograph from. The angles are naturally low.
Professionally I have worn a lot of hats. Currently I am an ASP.NET developer, creating and maintaining web applications. I’m married to a woman that shares my love for nature so I am blessed in that area. I am currently living in Seattle Washington. From there I have a vast selection of habitats to shoot in. I love to travel in search of new and different places to photograph. Photography has become a way of life for me and I love it.