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The first ‘real’ camera that I had in my hands was my future father-in-law’s Zeiss Ikon. Soon after, my spouse-to-be Ellen got a 35mm film camera and let me use it. That’s when I was bitten by the photography bug. It wasn’t long before I had my own collection of camera gear and began to experiment. Ever since, I have been fascinated with photographic technology and the evolution of both hardware and software. I first became interested in birds during a trip to Costa Rica. Since then, birds have been my favorite subjects. I still consider myself an aspiring photographer, constantly in training, because there’s always more to learn. I hope that by sharing images in my ‘Opt Outdoors Gallery’, others might be encouraged to Opt Outdoors whenever possible, to seek out and experience natural wonders starting in their own back yard.