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||--- Me ----
I'm an Advertising Professional having been TV commercial Producer/Director, Creative Director and Account Director as well as Advertising and Product Manager for two of our largest vehicle manufacturers. So I've been working with and buying images for over 20yrs and now I'm about to get my own back by stepping over to the other side of the camera :)
--- Voting & Commenting ---
It's clear isn't it that the most important facet of DPC (aside from winning a ribbon) is the skill and information sharing. Comments on submissions seem to be the lifeblood for every photogs work and so I have made a committment. I will comment on every single vote I make. Because of how long this takes, I will vote on at least 20% for every challenge and after that is done, I will spend what time is left on Critique Club reviews.
--- My Camera ---
In looking for my first serious digital, my style of photography came into play as well. I love street candid, structures, light and dark, hard contrasts of everyday objects making them look like something completely different. In other words I wanted long glass, serious zoom capability and the ability to use it in low light.
Only one camera came close, the prosumer Panasonic FZ20. Sure its only 5 megapix but it has what I believe is the most remarkable lens currently available anywhere on anything. It's a lens which makes redundant a dSLR's need for multiple lens changes. It is a 12x Optical Zoom 36-432mm f2.8 Aspherical Leica lens. This extreme zoom is achieved by a lens which only extends about 35mm out from the camera. But wait, there's more. It's f2.8 for its *entire* zoom range right out to 432mm! I have added to that a teleconverter and at the cost of half a stop, I have 650mm at my fingertips. All at about an 1/8th of the cost of kitting out with a dSLR. As a bonus, Panasonic's image stabilisation is regarded as one of the better ones.
What am I missing in my choice? A wider aperture range (only have f2.8 - f8), I would like a longer exposure time than 8 secs and maybe the ability to print bigger than A3 but that's all.
--- Getting Published ---
I have been published in D-Photo, New Zealand's largest photographic magazine's September 2006 issue in a full page feature called "D-Showcase". It's as a result of this image (theme "Photographing A Child") that I submitted through my local photographic society
After this was published I went on to become the VP of the Wellington Photographic Society and to struggle with what to do next. Getting that full page feature spread was like finally reaching the summitand having nothing left to strive for. That's just totally dumb of course, so it's been nearly a year of almost no photography because not reaching those heights continuously was de-motivating - yeah I know - get over it!
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