Among my interests are photography, travel, and field (audio) recording. Those are the topics that will predominate here.
I started doing serious photography (where you frame, focus, and adjust for exposure on purpose) when I was a freshman in high school. I used the school’s 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 press camera, shooting sports with that camera and a big strobe — and a very heavy high-voltage battery pack. I have a degree in “Journalism (Photojournalism)” from San Jose State University.
After a career in the U.S. Coast Guard I am now a consultant in the Washington, DC area.
Cameras: For travel photography I like to use a Fujifilm X-Pro1 or (recently) the X-T1. I’ve pretty much built out a good kit of lenses for the Fujifilm X-Cameras as Fuji releases them…Currently Fuji 10-24mm, 14mm, 23mm, 35mm, 18-55mm, 56mm, 60mm, and 55-200mm. I also use a Fujifilm X100s and Fujifilm X20. For several years I used either a Leica M8 or Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera, but I recently sold the M9…It just didn’t offer the versatility of the X-Pro1. I have a variety of Leica, Zeiss, and Voigtlander M-mount lenses ranging from 12mm to 90mm and will keep most of them.
For sports photography and general assignment projects I have a pair of Nikon D300 bodies and lenses ranging from a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 up to a Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 zoom. I’m patiently waiting (along with thousands of other D300/D300s users) for a modern replacement for the D300.
I use a Brinno TLC200 for time-lapse movies.
My two most recent film camera purchases were a Hasselblad X-Pan with the 45mm lens (panoramic camera) and a Graflex Century Graphic (up to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 roll film “press” type camera — the same model I learned on in high school). The Graflex is certainly old school, and I hope that the X-Pan will be a more versatile panoramic camera than my Horizon 202 (swing lens). (I’m still keeping one Leica M6 in the cabinet.)
I use PictureCode Photo Ninja and Adobe Camera Raw for RAW conversion. Most photo editing is done in Photoshop CS6. Within PhotoShop I use Silver Efex Pro2 (B&W conversion), Sharpener Pro 3, and sometimes Color Efex Pro 4 from Nik Software. For noise reduction I use PictureCode’s Noise Ninja for routine situations and Imagenomic’s Noiseware for more difficult situations. The stitching application inside Photoshop CS6 appears to work very well for panoramics and may replace specialty applications.
Audio: I use a modified Edirol R-44 four-channel digital recorder and an Edirol R-09HR for field and inside recording. My favorite mic is the stereo Sony ECM-MS957 which I supplement with an Audio-Technica AT897 short shotgun mic. Editing is done with Sony Sound Forge.