Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon 100-400mm L
Canon EOS 50D w/Canon 28-135mm
Photography has long been an interest, but the cost of film and processing was a significant deterrent. The digital age has changed that. In 2009, I took the leap to good DSLR equipment.
Photography is now integral to my bird watching, and has transformed my bird watching. I take time to wait ... and watch ... and hopefully capture images of birds (and other subjects) that are interesting, informative, crisp, and perhaps even artistic.
A professional photographer recently told me that 90% of a good photograph came from the time spent in the darkroom. Now of course, that time is spent on the computer. I have no interest is learning the complexities of photo editing & altering programs (such as Photoshop). But I regularly make minor adjustments: cropping to improve composition, or make a "small" subject "larger" and some adjustments in exposure, contrast, fill light, white balance, color, or sharpness.
I shoot everything in jpeg because it is faster and files are smaller than camera raw. When processing photos, I dump the bad shots, and make a few adjustments to the keepers.
To reduce upload time to blogger, I reduce the size to 800 pixel width.
Photos on this blog: Since December, 2011, photo are taken with the Canon EOS 7D. Prior to that, I used a Canon EOS 50D. To provide illustrations for my monthly newspaper column, I sometimes go into my archives. (Most of these were taken with a Sony DSC-H5 or Sony DSC-HX1; distant subjects were digiscoped with Leica Televid 70.) On rare occasions, I use a photograph or illustration which to the best of my knowledge is in the public domain.
Cropping, adjustments, and resizing is done with ACDSee Photo Pro 3. Some adjustments are made with Photoshop Elements 10.0