Hi all. I am a 60 year old living in Charleston. Been in the heat transfer system manufacturing business for 25 plus years. Now an owner of Arctic Chiller Group, I continue a long history of product and system photography from small items the size of a chair to systems the size of a bus and nature. As with life and Spirit, I love things expansive and things very small for the beauty they reveal, both in creation and in expression. My 20 year old daughter is now creating beautiful photography and will start formal learning at the Art Institute soon. She has the great gift of seeing beauty with feeling and expression that shows in her photos.
For 11 years in the studio and the field I relied on my trusty 4x5 view camera, sturdy tripod, two nice lenses and four 1500 watt stobe heads with umbrellas and soft boxes. And always shot 100 ISO Fuji transparencies for ultra sharpness and color saturation when PMT scanning. I experimented with early generation digitals, but found they could not compare with sheet film in sharpness and detail, and still cannot.
I recently did a complete digital system upgrade to Canon 5D Mark 2 and five marvelous L-Series lenses, 14mm 2.8, 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, 100mm 2.8 Macro and 70-200 2.8. Fiber 5-section tripod with Really Right Stuff head and pano gear, extension tube, doubler for the telephoto, filters, 580EX and 600EX flashes and ring flash for the 100mm, and oh yeah, a strong back to lug that glass to where beauty calls.
The small format gear is not the ultra sharpness of the 4x5 film, but capable of producing professional results and much easier to work with. Now I travel around the world for business and am constantly developing ever deeper photographic and composition skills, and great patience for airlines security and small overhead bins.
Seek, find and create beauty everywhere and experience it's essence and presence. It is impossible if you try, but inevitable if you just simply are.