Mostly a photoblog


This blog is evolving to be a photo blog, and will also have content about me and my family.  The odd technology bits may find their way in here on occasion, as well.  Much of the early content was imported from a Windows Live Spaces blog.

I’m strictly an amateur, but hoping to get keep getting better.  I usually shoot with Nikon D80 and either a 50mm f/1.4 or 35mm f/2 prime lens, but I’m dreaming of a full frame camera like the D700 D800 to get wider shots, better low light/high ISO performance, and less noise in shots of lots of small objects, like leaves on trees.

Comments, feedback, and constructive criticism appreciated!  :)


38 responses

  1. Thanks for the like on my blog, some wonderful photography here, I must explore!

    March 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  2. My pleasure, and thank you! I look forward to seeing what you do next!

    March 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  3. I really enjoyed your photos and wish you everything nice in life! I want to give your excellent blog an award. If you don’t mind, you can check it out here:

    March 20, 2012 at 12:10 am

  4. Wow! What an honor – I’m very humbled that you’ve chosen my little blog for an award! Thank you!

    March 20, 2012 at 7:00 am

  5. What a lovely family … they look happy and I bet they encourage your work … nice to have positives in our lives … very nice photos.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    • Thanks Deb!

      March 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  6. I also dream of the D700 (drool)
    I LOVE that you post your settings!! I find that it helps me to better understand how to shoot in different situations, so thank you!
    Also thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I am going to follow you since I don’t come across many blogs that post settings and I like what I’ve seen so far :) so I hope you don’t mind. I look forward to seeing more from you here!

    April 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    • Thanks so much for your kind comment (and thanks for the follow)!

      Time to start drooling for the D800. :)

      April 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  7. Hi John! Thanks for commenting on my blog and for the likes and the follow! I really appreciate it!

    April 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  8. Thanks for the like on my blog-post. and you’ve got great photos! d700 or d800 now is still a dream … maybe someday for me. I’m thinking of investing in primes instead, but we’ll see.

    April 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • I guess I need to update this to D800 now… But, who knows? Perhaps there will now be enough D700s coming into the market I could afford a used one in good shape? Would still be a huge improvement over my D80! :)

      April 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  9. Thanks again for another like on my blog! Feel free to reblog one of my posts!

    April 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  10. John, I nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you should decide to accept here is the post to read what to do. Even though I just stumbled upon your blog I already love it, and have learned things I didn’t know before, so thank you.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    • Wow – thank you, that is so humbling! I’m very honored for the nomination!

      April 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog. I like the photos of the Grand Canyon.

    April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    • My pleasure! And thank you!

      April 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  12. nice photos, you have a beautiful family

    April 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    • thank you for the kind comment! (And for visiting! )

      April 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  13. Robyn G

    John, I’m so glad you popped by my blog today… I love your work!! :D

    April 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    • It’s my pleasure, Robyn! And thank you!

      April 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  14. What do you think about a macro lens, for example, a Micro Nikkor 40mm or 85 mm for small objects?

    April 24, 2012 at 2:06 am

    • I think I would like one! :) Wish I had a recommendation to give, but I primarily shoot with my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 for close up shots on small objects. With a DX sensor, the 1.5 conversion factor turns the lens intoa 75mm equivalent and the focusing range is pretty close. Even so, I would love to get a “real” macro lens.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      • One other thing – the one I’d like is the Nikkor 60mm. (I hope to have a full frame camera someday. :) )

        April 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  15. There is a review with a fourth possibility as well: The 105mm micro Nikkor is a FX lens, too. But the 40 mm micro Nikkor for DX is really cheap!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:10 am

    • Thanks for the link – I’ll check that out! I’ll probably take a look at Tokina, Sigma, and Tamron options, as well, before I make a decision. Ideally, i’d like to get a good macro lens that could also do double duty as either a normal or portrait lens.

      Thanks again for the link. And i’m curious to hear what you end up with. :)

      April 26, 2012 at 5:54 am

  16. Thanks for visiting (and following) my blog. It’s greatly appreciated.

    I noted your salivating over the D700. That’s my primary camera right now, but it will be relegated to backup status if I decide to take the plunge on the D800E. Just note that, if you’re using any DX lenses with your D80, they will become essentially superfluous if you move to FX.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

  17. a wonderful family shot!

    April 28, 2012 at 1:18 am

  18. The photos you have on this blog are superb!

    April 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    • Thank you! And thanks for visiting!

      April 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  19. John, thank you for stopping by my blog today and liking the post. I look forward to following your blog and traveling through your pictorial journey.

    Take care,


    August 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    • Likewise!

      August 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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  21. adrianduque89

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    August 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  22. Thanks for stopping by once again and liking my post Mimicking.

    August 31, 2012 at 7:14 am

  23. You have some beautiful photowork. Much success ahead. (Thanks for the like on my blog. It’s appreciated.)

    September 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • Thanks David! :) And thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your comment!

      September 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

  24. Natasha

    Hi! I was wondering if I could contact you somehow to ask permission to use one of your pictures (for personal project). Thanks!

    March 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    • Hi Natasha, Sorry – I literally just saw this post from 3 years ago. I know your project is likely long done, but can you share which photo you wanted to use (and how)? Depending on the circumstances, I am open to it! :)

      Please contact me via my page or via my email: Thanks!

      April 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm

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