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Tom Pickering

I'm a 60-something, born-again, computer geek, photographer, musician and one-time sword fight choreographer. I own a web development business, Picks Pix & Web, that incorporates photography. I live & work at photography with my wife Carolyn and our kitty, Casmir (though the work ethic of the kitty is questionable at best). Our children are grown and raising families of their own, which of course means grandkids for us to love and spoil.

I've been capturing images, still & movie/video, for over 50 years now. I entered a dark room for the first time at age 13 and have been fascinated with the art of photography ever since. My first cameras were Kodak's - a Brownie and an 8mm movie camera. At the dawn of the digital photography age, I switched to digital and never looked back at film.

Today, I am strictly a Nikon shooter, currently using a D5000 and a D50 for all my captures, though I have been known to snap pics with my Android phone in a pinch. For lenses, I use a Sigma 18-200mm, Tamron 60mm Macro, Tokina 100-400mm, Tamron 200-500mm, Nikkor 50mm 1.8. I like to photograph people, places & things - I guess that means everything - with a special interest in nature, architecture, candid portraits & the odd. Most recently I have begun leveraging my Photoshop skills in creating digital art compositions.

I use Lightroom (6) for the vast majority of my post processing, jumping into CS6, Nik Collection, Topaz Plugins, and others when needed. Though I aim for everything right in the camera, I find the camera and lenses cannot be as faithful to an image as my eye remembers, so will likely always apply post processing to some extent to all my images.

You can see some of our photo artistry at Mas & Mrs P

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