My Gear

In case you are interested in my gear (as opposed to my images) here is the obligatory list:

Camera and Lenses

  • Canon 40D (hardly the latest, but still makes great images)
  • Canon Digital Rebel 300D (I converted this to infrared and it is fun to use)
  • Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (a great “walk-around” lens, sharp and not expensive)
  • Canon 50 f1.8 (one of the sharpest and least expensive lenses you will ever use)
  • Canon 100 f2.8 Macro (fantastic lens for close-up and macro photography)
  • Canon 28-135 IS (an ancient lens but still works for me is certain situations)
  • Canon 70-200L f4 IS (great image quality, one of Canon’s best pro L lenses)
  • Canon 300L f4 IS (my go-to lens for birds and butterflies – a great L lens)
  • Canon 1.4 extender (specifically designed for “L” lenses so it works well)
  • Canon G12 (a fun but serious compact camera that takes fine images)
  • Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II (super camera for travel and general purpose; very light, small and easy to use – wonderful image stabilization system to go with wonderful images)
  • Olympus 12-40 f4.0 PRO lens (outstanding equivalent to 24mm-80mm)
  • Olympus 17 f1.8 lens (very small and lightweight equivalent to 34mm)
  • Olympus 40-150 lens (unbelievably small and light for a telephoto lens equivalent to 80mm-300mm)


  • Canon 430EXII Speedlight (lightweight and useful for fill light situations)
  • Canon MC-1 flash cord (for off camera flash)
  • Hoodman Loupe (I could not live without this little darling)
  • OpTech camera strap (comfortable)
  • Wacom Intuos 4 Medium tablet (the best tablet out there)
  • Feisol Carbon Fiber tripod (lightweight and great for nature)
  • Benro Carbon Fiber travel tripod (very lightweight, small and fits neatly in a suitcase)
  • Induro monopod (great for the road)
  • Amvona ball-head (a heavy sucker but it works well)
  • Canon remote trigger (for shake-free images)

Computer Hardware

  • MacBook Pro 15″ (ancient by today’s standards but still does the job)
  • Sylvania 19″ external monitor (“decent” and cheap but needs upgrading soon:)
  • Apple wireless keyboard (fabulously convenient)
  • Airport wireless hub (the newest version is reliable and unobtrusive)
  • iPod Touch (the third gen – I still love it for music and podcasts)
  • iPad 2 (what can I say – another great iDevice)
  • iPhone 4S (always with me)
  • Western Digital MyBook hard drives (4 drives, 2 terabytes each), Segate hard drive for Mac Time Machine (external hard drives for backup)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad (heavy as a (b1g) rock but I only use it for my college teaching)


  • Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5)
  • Adobe CC for Photographers (Photoshop and Lightroom)
  • Topaz Suite (especially Topaz Adjust)
  • OnOne Software Suite plug-ins for LR
  • Nik plug-in Suite (indispensable plugins for LR and PS)
  • Apple Aperture 3 & Adobe Lightroom 4 (I only use LR now – it is best)
  • Corel Painter 11 (fab for creative work)


  • Canon Pixma Pro9000 13×19 printer  (a terrific color printer for wide prints)
  • Fine art and photo papers from Red River and Canon (love the papers from RR)