I started taking pics of my kids using a Pentax Zoom 90-WR 35mm film camera. But after a few years and several hundreds of dollars in film and prints (20 rolls on average/3 times a year), I decided to make the move to digital. I purchased a Konika-Minolta Dimage Z5. A great camera and I learned a lot. But after a couple of years, I wasn't getting as many nice pics as I wanted. I felt that I had reached a point where I needed to upgrade my camera. Especially since I was concentrating on sports pics. My next purchase was a Nikon D50 DSLR with a Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 lens and a Nikon SB-600 flash. With a lot of practice and a few thousand pics later, I felt I was approaching what I wanted for results. After further research on sports photography, I decided that it was time to invest in a faster lens. I started with a Nikon 50mm f/.8. This lens is great in low-light action situations but I really wanted to zoom into the action more. So, more research. I now have an assortment of lenses to fit a variety of situations. They include a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 (indoor sports, general shooting), a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 (outdoor sports on cloudy or low-light days, some indoor sports) and a Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 (outdoor daytime sports, nature).

Update February, 2010... I took a big step and upgraded my principle camera body in June of 2009 to a Nikon D700 including the MB-10 battery pack. Having used it now for some six months, I can say that I am pleased with the results! I still have the Nikon D50 and use it as a back-up camera body or when I want to run with more than one lens at an event. Most of the 2009/2010 CCHS sports galleries have been taken with the D700 as well as some EAA Airventure pics.

I have discovered that the more pics I take... the more there is to learn! I enjoy talking with other photographers and comparing notes, especially other Nikon users. That is why I started my website, as a way to share my pics with other parents and photographers.

If you have questions regarding my equipment or the camera settings for a specific pic, feel free to contact me.

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