I'm new to this forum and to OD.com as well, so please let me take a moment and introduce myself. I've been "into" photography for over 20 years now, but it's just been the last few that I've started taking it seriously and I am currently in the process of turning this into a business. My main interest is animals and wildlife...I am a -major- cirtter person. Unfortunatly, since I live in Northern Ohio, there aren't many opportunities for me to actually shoot "in the wild", so many of my shots are captured at local zoo's and nature centers, etc.. I do animal care volunteer work for one local nature center and my wife and I also do occasional volunteer work for Erie Shores Humane Society as well. 70+ pieces of my work are currently on display at Frech Creek Nature Center in the Lorain County MetroParks (in Sheffield Village, Ohio).
Since my main interest is animals, my photographic methods and techniques are rather unsofisticated (as is my spelling!). I like shooting critter protraits, I try to use a limited DOF, and I try to capture a little of each animals natural character. I'm also a rather advanced Photoshop user, so what I lack as a photographer, I generally make up for as a graphic artist
Most of my photo's are shot with a Sony H-1, although I still use my Olympus C-4000 for landscapes and macro work. I'm hoping to upgrade to a DSLR within the next couple of months or so with the hopes of selling some of my work commercially.
I'm going to try to post few examples of my recent work for your enjoyment and review...if for some reason they don't come up, please just follow the link. Honest and fair critiques and suggestions are always welcome!
This little guy (gal?) is one of the Eastern Screech Owl's I help care for at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center where I do animal care volunteer work. Except for an 8x10 crop and a slight levels adjustment, this image is pretty much "as is" right off the camera. Image was shot in aperature priority mode at f/3.5.
This is one of the coyotes that's on display at French Creek Nature Center's Great Smoky Mountain's exibit. This image was shot in natural lighting, thru a (dirty) polarized window...I'm still doing clean up on this one. I've already cloned out the bars of the cage (very tedious), made some tone adjustments, etc., but I think I'm going to try and sharpen it just a tad more before I print it.
This was a bonus shot. I got this one at French Creek while I was shooting the coyotes and foxes. This little guy just sort of wandered up to the window and posed for a few shots while I was taking a break from the coyotes. This one was also shot thru dirty polarized glass (hence why the image is a tad soft).
Alright, thats it for now!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,