Taken by Virginia Ann Holman
Welcome to what I consider my best photos. As an amateur in both photography and blogging, I have created this site that combines two passions -- technology and photography. I hope this site will give me the chance to improve both. I hope you enjoy the photos and be sure to comment on shots you like and offer suggestion on how I can improve the shot.

In 2000, I began developing a family web site as an extension of my work in IT. In 2004 I bought a point-and-shoot Canon digital camera and began looking for ways to showcase photography on the web site. But the project was about the web not the photos.

In 2006, I decided concentrate on my photography and purchased a Canon SLR. Since then I have studied ways to improve on both composition and my technique. The web sites I develop as a hobby now support my photography. I created this site myself and host the site at home.

I have been experimenting with Geo Tagging so many of the photos have a link to use Google Earth to fly you to the location of the spot the picture was taken. This site, Flickr, and our home site all support RSS feeds which makes receiving updates when they are posted pretty easy.

All of my photos are on my personal site along with several portfolios of various family trips and specific location shots. the scrapbook has photos going way back - plus quite a bit of family info that's far more than you care to know about. www.calandva.com.

In 2008, I began using Flickr and joined the photographic social network. It has been fun and a lot of work - commenting and reviewing great photos from all over the world. If you are a photographer you should be on Flickr - it helps to see how others view a scene and compose their pictures. Also at Flicker


Taken by Jim Accordino
My equipment:

Canon 7D
Canon 30D

EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM


ACD See is photo software I use to review photos and organize them - pretty good value package and not hard to use.

For editing I have several programs: DxDO is a great program for taking a RAW (or JPG) file and can read the camera and lens you used to apply adjustments specific to the camera/lens - like distortion, vignetting, softness and aberrations. I also use Photoshop Elements for touch up and make editing changes to photos. photo editing.

I use Photomatix to capture high contrast photos and render HDR photos. HDR can be complex but they have tutorials on the site to help. You need to be careful not to over do it - it is easy to make your photos have a bit of an unrealistic look. So play with the settings on "Tone Mapping" to achieve the desired effect. I have a setting file I use and can email to you if you like.

I have a backpack - a Tenba Shootout Large I really like it as I can get all my stuff into one pack.

For a tripod I use: Gitzo GT2541L Series 2 Mountaineer Not sure they make it any more - it has been good even with my 100-400mm lens.

I use a ball head from Really Right Stuff the Medium Head I would also suggest an "L" bracket for your camera - they are specific to the camera model. It is expensive but after 4 heads this is the best I have used.

To record my location I use Garmen Oregon GPS and Geo Setter to match the GPS track to the photos - it is pretty easy to sync up - taking various time zones into account. It allows me to record where I go and allow me to tag the photo with the location taken.

This book is great - Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera after reading I use Manual 90 percent of the time thanks to Bryan Peterson.
Taken by Mark W. Hutchison
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