I have been photographing since my college days at Campbell University where I was enticed into the world of photography by a friend, and then had the pleasure of being "taught the ropes" by Todd Scarborough. It was his constant critique that improved both my shooting technique and my darkroom skills.
My current gear are a Nikon D-700 and a D-7000 along with a plethora of lenses, and always tote an Olympus point-and-shoot digital camera attached to my hip. My D-7000 is mostly used for video work but it doubles as a second camera also.
My first serious camera was a Canon EF back in the early 80s. I also have had a Minolta Maxxum, Nikon FM, Nikon F4, and Nikon Point and Shoot in my film days. My first DSLR (which was recently retired after almost 10 years of use) was a D-100. I have had and maintained a private full color and B&W lab on and off for much of that time.
Photography and painting are my "sanity breaks" that save me from my day-to-day software development existence! I recently created a group in Facebook called "Painting as a Second Language" for anyone who is interested in painting as an outlet for the day-to-day pressures. Please look it up and join if you think it will meet your needs.
Recently, I have also started shooting HD and learning video editing with the Adobe CS5 suite. My cameras are a Nikon D-7000 and a Panasonic TM-700 which both shoot 1080p. My video work can be seen on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/claforet.
I live in, and photograph mostly around, North Carolina. I love traveling so there are many shots from states around us, out West, and other places. My daughter has been bitten by the photography bug too. She has spent time in a B&W lab and loves the excitement generated by just the smell of the chemicals. Maybe one day she will take over where I leave off....
Also, if you like reading about and discussing the creative process, come over and join me on my blog at Chris' Creative Musings. I discuss several subjects including photography, painting, software development, and occasionally have some rant or theological insight. It is a real hodge-podge but one can easily navigate by subject over there. I also maintain a video site at Vimeo.
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<IXOUS>< -- need I say more? I photograph by the grace of, and to the glory of, God.