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My name is Michael. I am an amateur photographer in my 40’s. I am an outdoor enthusiast that has combined the love of birding with photography and expanded off of it occasionally. Most of my subject matter is nature oriented: birds, bees, trees and flowers with sunsets, rainbows, and with rocky towers thrown in. But don’t be surprised if I throw in something else that is not nature oriented occasionally. If it catches my eye, I’ll put it in and try to give you some background on the photo’s subject matter!
I primarily work out of a handful of locations in my area: My home in Binghamton in Central New York State in which I get a lot of images from;The wooded hill just south of my home; The Susquehanna River banks between Binghamton and Johnson City. Another good place for me is the Little Choconut site #2 water shed off Airport Road, north of JC and the area I grew up in as a child. The last regular routine place I go for a good majority of my images is a family owned farm property near the Binghamton Regional Airport. I’ll simply call it “The Farm”, 40 acres of land. It has 3 small fields, a couple of ponds, an overgrown orchard with shrubs and a small wooded area. (Added in August of 2013)
Some thing about my blogging habits: I try to make three or four posts a day, some time more but not to often. I follow my followers primarily through the reader. I browse through such topics as Birds, Nature, Landscapes and Photography. If I find something I really like, I will camp out for a while going deep into that blog’s archives. I usually go through my new followers on the weekends. The last thing is that I ask that you “NOT” nominate me for any awards. I will accept them graciously, but I will not post them! (Added in August of 2013)
This blog was actually my wife’s idea at the time. She was my biggest supporter of my pictures taking and everything. At first she wanted me to take pictures of roses and other flowers for her blog and her postings. She finally convinced me to share my photos and things that are usually only seen by my immediate family members. Very seldom did I show them out side of my home.
I started out taking pictures with a disc camera and eventually moved up to a 35 mm Cannon Rebel camera in the mid 80’s that I used for many years. It is a good camera body, light weight and easy to use, but I did move up to the 35 mm Cannon Elan7E or EOS 30 model next. It is a good, large, camera body full of a lot of good features that allow you to enjoy picture-taking and special effects to your work. I still use this camera occasionally. Now, I moved up to the Cannon digital 18 mega pixels camera body, my first digital camera. So far, I am enjoying my experience with it, and most of the photos that you will see in this blog are from this camera. It has the basic lens 18-55 mm, 28-90 mm and I also use the 75-300 mm lens. I do have a 2x converter, but I rarely use it, because you sacrifice F stops and need outstanding conditions to get the best results out of it… a really sunny day. The real good thing about this digital camera body is that I can use the 35 mm lenses with it, with other brands you cannot swap digital with 35mm lenses.
Well, I sincerely hope you enjoy my photos!