My journey with photography:
I’ve always been fascinated with photography, though it took many years before I started to take my enthusiasm seriously. Growing up I had a cheap film camera that I used to take snapshots with, I knew that I enjoyed making images that looked ‘cool’ but I didn’t really explore photography at that time.
I eventually bought a digital point and shot camera when I started graduate school in 2004. I tried to get a portable model that also had some more advanced controls, which led me to one of canon’s power shot models (A510 to be exact). At the time this was a significant expense and I intended to carry the camera with me whenever possible. I definitely spent more time exploring artistic compositions with this camera. I believe the instant feedback and zero-cost per shot were hugely important to my development as a photographer. I took a lot of very bad photographs with that camera, but I learned a lot too.
My brother, who is also an avid photographer, was upgrading to the Canon 5D mark II in December of 2008 and very generously sold me his old Canon Rebel XT for next to nothing. This was my first experience with an SLR camera and I loved the huge improvement in image quality it provided, as well as the creative options allowed by the two lenes I had; the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens; and the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM telephoto zoom lens. I began reading more about photography, leaning about depth of field, shutter speeds, and all the other basic knowledge one needs to make creative photos.
One thing I quickly realized is that photo opportunities are everywhere, and developing a good eye means taking a lot of photos and seeing what works and what doesn’t. This means having your camera on your person at all times! It’s only on very rare occasions that I’m not carrying my camera with me, and at those times I feel very awkward because I will see shots and not be able to capture them.
In March of 2010 I upgraded to the new Canon 7D camera, and perhaps more importantly bought some new glass. In particular the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM which replaced the 18-55mm kit lens as my general purpose lens. Despite the increase in weight I continue to carry my camera with me at all times, it’s a small inconvenience that is easily made up for by those shots I would never have taken otherwise.
I’m originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. I left in 2000 to attend Bishop’s University in Lennoxville Quebec, where I obtained an honors Physics degree and a Minor in Mathematics. I then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue a Masters degree in Physics at UBC, which I completed in 2007. I’m currently working towards a PhD in Astronomy at UBC.