I am a semi-professional photographer focusing on landscapes / nature / wildlife. You can read a bit more about me here.
This blog is long overdue in being created. I’ve been writing at my personal blog for over 10 years. Over there, I write about all things technology and occasionally share some photos that I take, but I really wanted to find a place on the web to talk about photography as much as I wanted to – so Semi Pro Photo was born.
My Photography Journey
When I first started out, I loved getting out with long glass and chasing birds and wildlife. If I had some free time, I was out at local areas known for birds trying to get shots of new / interesting birds. I found that taking photos of Cardinals, Herons and Geese gets old quick but I still did it because I enjoyed the process of making a photograph.
My wife and I started traveling a bit to see some National Parks and my interest quickly moved more toward sweeping landscapes versus birds, but I still love chasing birds and animals when I can. That said, the majority of my gear today is focused on landscape photography and I recently transitioned to the world of Sony mirrorless cameras.
Its funny…my first camera was a Konica Minolta 5D, which was my wife’s first digital camera and then become a hand-me-down to me when she bought the Sony a700 when it was first released in 2007. I took that Konica Minolta to my first trip to Yosemite and fell in love with taking photographs. Fairly soon afterwards, my wife and I both moved over to Canon. We had the original 5D (which is still a classic camera) and along the way I picked up a 7D, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV,5D Mark II, 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III (which my wife still shoots with) and a Canon 5DSr (which was my most recent landscape camera).
With the release of the Sony a7r ii, I really started looking at the mirrorless world as a way to downsize my camera gear a bit as well as get into some really cool ‘tech’. I really like what Sony was doing in their mirrorless lineup. I was also impressed with what I was seeing in the E-mount lens lineup with the release of the release of the Sony 100-400 GM, Sony 16-35 2.8 and Sony 24-70 2.8. Along with the Sony a7r iiii, I felt like the Sony mirrorless world had the glass that I need for 90% of the photography that I do.
I’ve come full circle. Konica Minolta (Sony) to Canon and now back to Sony. In late 2017, I finally decided to pull the trigger and sold off my Canon gear to purchase a Sony setup. My current gear list is below – I’ll add to it / change it up as time goes by.
- Sony a7r iii
- Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G
- Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
- Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
- Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM
The one thing that Sony is missing for me is really long glass. The 100-400 works great but I would love to see a 500 to 600 mm lens in FE mount come out soon. I know the 400 2.8 FE is coming out in 2018 and that might work well for me for birding / wildlife but that 500mm range is pretty sweet for wildlife and birds (with 1.4x and/or 2.0x extenders).
What to Expect from this site
I’ll be posting blogs, videos and maybe even a podcast at some point in the future. I’ll be doing reviews of gear that I use. If people want to send me free gear to review (hint hint hint ;)) I’ll provide honest reviews of that gear as well. My plan for this site is to share my love of photography with others as well as hopefully helping some folks out there who are wanting to learn more about the field and hoping to get into this as a hobby or as a profession.
Thanks for stopping by – and look for more from me soon.