I am a 70 year old solo practicing physician (Internal Medicine)in the town of Del Rio, Texas on the Rio Grande and Mexican
Border and close to Lake Amistad. Married to France for 44 years and two sons one Phd and the other an MBA. With a life long interest in photography I first used Canon SLR 35 mm film, Minolta 35mm film and others in 1970's. I have also used Olympus Infinity Zoom AF 330 film and Nikonus V film for underwater and surface shots. My first introduction to digital was Agfa CL50 and I am now shooting using a Canon EOS 20D 8.2MP and a Canon EOS 5D full frame with 17-85 F4-5.6 USM IS autofocus zoom lens, a Canon EF 75-300 mm F4-5.6 IS USM lens, Canon EF L 24-105 IS USM autofocus lens, 180 Sigma Macro and Sigma 50mm F/1.4 lens. I just purchased the new Canon EOS 1D Mark IV PRO Camera. I use Singh-ray Vari ND filter, graduated ND filter, CP and other filters. I also have a Lensbaby2, extention tubes, 2X teleconvertor as well as two 580EX speedlite, Flashpoint spot and various filters. I use Photoshop Elements 3. and recently aquired a MacBooKPro with Aperture 1.5 editor. I have lived in Georgia, Virginia, Texas and 3 years in Japan. I love traveling and have visited Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Italy, France, Spain Equador, Amazon Rain Forest, Galapagos Isles, Australia, BVI, Caribbean Islands, and much of USA. I am self taught but recently read available through BetterPhoto, Brenda Tharp, Brian Peterson, Kerry Dagger and DVD by Jim Miotke along with a host of others. I have been a BP member since 09/29/2004. I love photographing my family, pets, outdoors, nature, scenery, animals, people, fashion, still life, portraits and architecture but I tend to shoot anything that catches my eye. I love to "capture the moment and emotion". I also enjoy sailing, hiking, RV camping, Jeeping and Off Road Adventures, Rockcrawling, travel and most outdooor activities. I have had a one man showing in Nov 05 and was featured artist at Lee Bunch Studio and Gallery in August 2006, featured artist at our First annual Monarch festival on October 14, 2006 and featured artist at Casa Del La Cultura in November 06 all in Del Rio. My most recent major adventure (Nov 06) was spending 10 days treking the polar ice of Hudson Bay with expert photographers (including Robet Taylor) capturing the Polar Bears and other wildlife and scenes . I have really enjoyed the learning and friendship of BP and hope you enjoy my posting and feel free to make critique or comments as my learning process never ends. I have produced nine Photographic books and my website is emile-abbott-photography.com. I hope you will visit and leave a comment.