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I shoot with Nikon D810's, and generally only use 3 lenses: a Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 and a Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens. I don't use filters of any kind in the field, except a UV filter, which I keep on the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm lenses. I have two D810 bodies, and at the beginning of a day of shooting, I set them up with the lenses I expect to use most during the day's shooting. This keeps me from having to change lenses all the time, and keeps me from exposing the sensors in the cameras to pollen, dust, bugs and such.
90% of the time, I shoot on a tripod to get the sharpest images possible. I have a Really Right Stuff TVC-3X tripod and BH-55 Ball Head. This combination is rock solid.
I shoot anywhere and everywhere. I genuinely enjoy the travel that my work involves. I love the people, the different landscapes and the overall variety that the travel gives my life. I travel coast to coast, all over the USA mostly, but I have also shot golf courses is China, and hope to return soon.
I do. When I'm not shooting golf courses, my go-to subject matter is landscapes. My wife and I had a home in Utah for awhile a few years ago, and I was fortunate enough to develop a wonderful relationship with Utah State Parks. While we were there I shot images of 23 of Utah's 43 state parks. We also will sometimes travel specifically to do landscape shooting. Last August, we spent 3 weeks in Maine, which is an amazing place. But anywhere I travel, my eyes are always open, looking for landscape shots. I plan to include my fine art landscape photography here in my eStore at some point in the future.
I'm not one of those photographers who can say, "My dad gave me my first Brownie Instamatic when I was 6." I've done many things in my life, and only shot my first "professional" images in 2006. I was hooked very quickly, though, and I shoot obsessively. I'm totally a digital photographer. I have spent much of my life involved in music and recording, transitioning from analog recording to digital during those years. That experience with digital recording helped greatly as I've developed my digital photography skills. Wth photography, I found my creative sweet spot. This work makes me smile all the time!
The great thing about the Nikon D810 is it's high resolution. It has a 36 megapixel sensor and the images it captures are about 24" X 16", native size. Assuming that with today's software, enlargements of up to 500% can be done with no noticeable image degradation, you can see that very large images are not a problem. Image enlargement is almost never an issue with my giant panoramas, since many of them are 2 feet X up to 8 feet wide and larger. Usually, prints of these giant panoramas are actually reductions, so the detail is insane.
I love it all. I love the shooting. I love being outdoors, especially at sunrise. The travel is great. I visit some pretty amazing places and meet some wonderful people. But I enjoy the studio work just as much. I wake up every day with a huge smile on my face, knowing I'm one of the most fortunate folks on the planet. I get to do work that I love. Every day.
I don't. My golf course work is all done for hire, and I provide digital images to my clients for use in their marketing communications programs. I shoot for a few different golf management companies, several golf course architects recommend me to their clients, and word of mouth has been very good for me in the golf industry. So I haven't needed to do art shows with my photography.
I know the art show gig very well, though. I spent years, earlier in my life, making a living at art shows... first doing leather products, back in the '70's and then with furniture in the 80's. It was a great lifestyle in many ways, but I no longer feel the need. I'm excited about this eStore, though, and the opportunity it gives me to show and sell my work directly to the folks who will be hanging it on their walls.
While I'm not actively seeking one man shows or gallery shows, I'm always open to new ways to share my work with people who may have an interest.
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