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member since 6/19/2005

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I got started in photography when I puchased an Olympus C-750 UZ. I have always loved photography and wondered if I could shoot photos the quality of ones that I have seen in books or magazines. I devoured books on the subject and I quickly maxed out the capabilities of the C-750.

My gift to myself after coming home from Iraq was a brand new Canon EOS 20D. I spent countless hours researching the differences and pros and cons of the 20D and the Nikon D70. In the end I went with the 20D overall because it was newer, the 8.2 MP would allow me much more latitude to crop images, and the general consensus seemed to be that the 20D had better image quality. I am not disappointed with my choice.

I will be exiting the USAF towards the end of 2006. My wife is currently in the USAF and will be for some time so I will be the stay at home dad / photographer. I'm hoping to break into the world of freelance photography. I would like to be able to pay for my photography hobby and possibly have some money to put away. I am interested in shooting weddings, portraits, senior pictures, etc; however, I worry that since we'll be moving a lot, I won't have the requisite customer base.

Obviously I'm interested in photography. I'm also very interested in computers and music. Digital photography suits me very well since it means I get to tinker with the images in photoshop. I've learned quite a lot about photoshop in this past year or so, I'm looking forward to more. I'm also interested in hiking and biking and would love to incorporate photography in that realm too.

I have a Canon 20D with a kit 17-85mm f/4.0-5.6 IS lens. The lens isn't all that bad actually and if I need to have a better lens I just go and rent one from a store in Seattle.

My wife is a USAF C-17 pilot and I am a former KC-135 navigator and current Air Mobility Liaison Officer assigned to Ft. Lewis Army base. We don't have kids just yet but we have two of the cutest cats on the planet Sierra and Stevens. Oh and I just got a Toyota Prius and I love it.

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