Got started in photography when I was just a young whipper snapper back in 1974. I was in the Air Force and got an assignment to Guam. I re-enlisted while I was there and used some of the bonus to buy my first 35mm film camera, a Pentax Spotmatic II. I was hooked. I took a correspondence course from the School of Modern Photography and attended several workshops and seminars. One of the most memorable was the seminar I attended with Ansel Adams. For the next 5 or 6 years, I dabbled in landscape, portrait and wedding photography. Spent a while as a freelancer during my 17 month stay in Avon Park, Florida. In 1982, after I returned from Turkey, I kinda lost interest in doing anything meaningful with my photography. Then in 2004, I had a friend of mine get my interest up, and I bought a Pentax *ist D and a Sigma 28-80mm and a 70-300mm. My love for photograpy was kindled again. I have since sold the Pentax and bought a Canon 20D, a Canon 75-300mm IS and a Sigma 50-500mm. Currently I have a Canon 7D, Canon 1D Mark IIN, Canon 500mm f/4, Canon 300mm f/4, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon 35mm f/2, Sigma 12-24mm and Sigma 180mm macro. All of my free time is spent taking bird and landscape photos. I am re-learning the stuff I learned 25 years ago.