I trace my interest in photography back to 1998 when I bought my first digital camera, a whopping 1 megapixel Hewlett-Packard Photosmart C20 point and shoot with a 4MB Compact Flash card. This camera was bought so I could capture a trip to Toronto, Canada. A few years later in 2001 I upgraded to a 3 megapixel Kodak DC4800 point and shoot along with two add-on lenses (wide angle and 2x zoom). While not a true detachable lens camera, it would foreshadow my future camera purchases. Admittedly these early years were more about vacation/tourist photography rather than looking at it as a form of art.
In early 2009 a friend of mine bought his first DSLR camera. That purchase, and my aging 3 megapixel point and shoot, got me looking to upgrade as well. Within a month I had my first DSLR, a Nikon D40 along with the kit lens, a Nikkor 18-55mm. Only a few months later by May of 2009, I added the Nikkor 55-200 VR and the, then just released, Nikkor 35mm prime. This was all in time for a vacation in Corolla, North Carolina (Outer Banks).
In the years since, I’ve driven all around Lancaster and Chester counties as well as taken trips to New York City, Washington D.C., and Charleston, South Carolina (twice), capturing thousands of photos. I also added a new camera body, the Nikon D7000 (since replaced by the D7100), and five new lenses, the Nikkor 10-24mm wide angle zoom, the very excellent Nikkor 18-300mm, and the Nikkor 85mm Micro, and two FX lenses (for my DX camera body), the Nikkor Pro 24mm f/1.4 prime, and the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 prime. You can learn more about my camera gear by reading my obligatory camera gear blog post. This marks the time period when I fully embraced photography as artwork and not just as a way to capture and document vacations and trips.
So the most recent chapter in my photography venture is this website, launched February 2014. I march forward through 2014 and beyond with a great array of photography gear, a website to showcase my work, and plenty of motivation to further increase my ability to capture the beauty just beyond the lens. I look forward to adding to my collection of art photography on this website as well as coming up with new features and pages that I hope people will find interesting.