I've been participating in the art of photography for over 20 years, as an advanced amateur, and semi-professional.

I learned on an old Nikkormat that belonged to my father. It was a fully manual camera, though it did have an internal light meter. In high school, I learned how to properly shoot, and develop black and white film, and make prints of a variety of sizes, developing them by hand.

When I wasn't in class, I was in the darkroom, or out shooting photographs. I carried this love into college, where we had a drastically more modern darkroom, though still only black and white, which was fine with me, as I love black and white!

As technology advanced, so too did my equipment. I eventually had a fully automatic camera, auto film load, advance, rewind, focus, etc, with a much more sophisticated light meter. This managed to keep me interested in film long enough, but eventually even I, the most ardent of anti-digital photographers, discovered the ease, the fun, and indeed, the quality of the newer digital cameras. That I had recently taken a job which had me in front of a computer all day helped a great deal as well.

My first digital camera was a small Canon point and shoot model, which I got bored of literally within 2 months. I moved up to a more sophisticated point and shoot model, which managed to keep me interested for 2 years.

About this time, Canon and Nikon had begun introducing more affordable high end digital cameras. I got a Canon 300D camera, which is a great entry level camera, and it lasted me another 2 years, till I decided that I needed something more robust, and faster. I had shot over 40,000 images with the 300D, including 4 weddings, untold number of shows of local bands and musicians, car shows, portraits, year book photos, and hundreds upon hundreds of hot air balloon photos.

I love Vermont scenes, I love nature, but mostly I love shooting photos of people. Close second to that would be cars and hot air balloons, and pretty much anything that I can get in my viewfinder. =)