I have been a photography enthusiast for over 50 years starting out with a Kodak Instamatic 126 camera with an accessory wide angle and telephoto lens. Much of my photography back then was of hiking trips I took with friends and fellow students from the University of Portland where I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Upon graduating I purchased a nice little camera for hiking and backpacking. It was an Olympus Pen FT Half frame 35MM SLR with accessories like a couple of nice lenses, case and a flash. This was a great little camera and I took lots of slides with it but it became limiting after a while since I wanted to do more close up and wide angle work and was unable to get the lenses I needed for that. Also, the half frame image size was limiting for larger prints.
My next camera was a Minolta X-700 35MM SLR. With this camera I was much less limited and eventually accumulated a good assortment of lenses and accessories that allowed me to explore many more aspects of photography. The Minolta was and still is a great camera and if it wasn’t for the eventual development of the digital technology, I would probably still be using that camera.
But digital cameras have finally come to the point where they produce very fine images and allow a great deal of versatility and allow the freedom to really experiment and grow in photography.
My first digital camera was an Olympus C-700 Ultra Zoom and I used it to capture many nice images but it did not replace the film SLR. It was only 2 megapixels so was not adequate to make very large prints. 8x10 was pretty much the limit.
The next digital camera I got was the Olympus SP-500. This really became kind of a bridge camera for me since it was 6 megapixels and had the ability to shoot in the RAW format so I was able to get my feet wet in processing RAW files. It still didn’t have the fast response and the ability to use some really nice lenses available to an SLR.
Finally, the E-System DSLRs came out from Olympus and after doing a lot of research I decided on the Olympus E-510 10 megapixel digital SLR. The E-510 was the camera in which Olympus pioneered the in body image stabilization system. It uses a Four Thirds sensor which gives it a crop factor of 2:1 when compared to a full frame 35mm sensor. This camera had the features that were best suited for the type of photography I liked to do and the kit lenses that came with it were quite good quality. I have added a longer telephoto and an ultra-wide angle lens to cover the full range of what I had with the old Minolta system and then some. I eventually added another E-510 body and numerous lenses to round out the system.
The last Olympus Four Thirds DSLR I purchased was the E-30. This was a 12 megapixel body and was more of a semi-pro body. It is still a nice camera and I use It as a backup to my latest body.
My most recent camera is the Olympus OMD EM1 MkII. Kind of a mouth full, huh? This is the latest flagship model mirrorless interchangeable lens camera from Olympus. The thing that won me over with this model is that with a simple adapter I can use all the lenses I had with the Four Thirds DSLRs. The sensor is the same size but now advanced to 20 megapixels. This camera works really well with my older high grade lenses since it had a very advanced hybrid autofocus system. I have yet to learn and take advantage of all the features of this camera.
I find the digital camera with the resolution now available and the photo editing software on the computer to be a great tool to really capture the images I want and to allow me to grow in my photography.
The images I have posted here are mostly taken right here in NW Oregon. I find that if I really open my eyes and look around me I can find or see images that really show both the natural and man-made world around me right here in the community.
My favorite images are those of the natural world. Plants, animals and mini landscapes taken with close- up photo gear. I have also recently been seeing a lot of nice patterns and shapes and forms in architecture and the reflections and juxtapositions that arise.
Along with the images I have here and which are available for purchase, I am trying to include a little about where and when they were taken and a little description about the subject.
My web site is at www.jwhaidephoto.com
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-W-Haide-Photography/176869675683650
A few of my favorite User's Forum or Photography sites are:
Photo Camel http://photocamel.com dpreview http://www.dpreview.com
I hope you enjoy looking at my images as much as I have finding and making them.
Your comments are always welcome.