|Message from Eric Cote
Hello everyone and thanks for passing by ;)
About me, as a photographer ;
Been in digital SLR photography since the days of the 300D (Digital Rebel) in 2003, my goal back then was to become a photographer. This is a goal/dream dating back to my youth. But I never felt I had talent to create photos I would be proud of. Back in the 80's I did some F1 photography, being amateur, loved the experience. Then it seems photography as a hobby kept dorment in me for many years until Canon produced the the 300D. Which was at the time the first DSLR camera being affordable. I made the jump, started with the kit lens. My photos were horrible when I acquired the camera. So one of my goal was to understand more about proper exposure, depth of field. I never took lesson, apart a photography course back to grade 12 (in 1982), this was more about how to devellop photos in a dark room than anything else.
So here goes in 2003 with the DRebel, I shot from day one in manual exposure, and never switched back since then. After the initial flowers and plants close-up with the kit lens (maybe my interest in macro appeared at that point). Bought few lens, then got a first zoom. A Canon 100-300 USM, not too bad of a lens, but it lacked sharpness, resolution and was pleagued with Chromatic Aberration. My interest in bird photography became real, and have grown me. Then I had to get a much better lens, at an affordable price. The Sigma 50-500mm became mine in early spring 2004. And I became a regular visitor of local ponds and preserve situated on the Ottawa river. Then I went crazy, bought a super wide angle zoom (Sigma 12-24 HSM) and bought a real gem for macro, the Sigma 105. My first real macro experience started in later 2004 summer. I was doing both type of photography (bird and macros) intensively.
Parallel to this in spring 2004, my thirst for photography was quite pronounced, I bought the Sigma 12-24 HSM and went for another level (not better I agree), going after composition and understanding light. The later part of the last sentence is very difficult to achieve. Composition is equally hard, and these task requires what I never thought was part of me ; artistical talent. I sincerally believe that kind of talent was not within my own limitation. I still believe I have a long way to go in that domain. But I'm making progress ! Understanding light is so abstract to me, that I had to take tons of photos to grasp a faint part of the idea. Doing all 3 type of photography (bird, macros and wide angle 'nature photography') at the same time helped me a lot I believe. My initial goal to become a photographer, doing these 3 types helped me quite a bit.
So here I am, in 2008 now still doing what I love the most. The passion for photography is still growing on me. With now a house to take care (quite in terrible shape when we acquired it), I still find time to do some macros. And when we have time for a day or 2, we go in a reserve (Papineau-Labelle) which is near where I live for canoe/camping. The reserve might be near, but it covers quite a bit of land, lakes and forrestry. We can easily travel hours on forrest roads just to get to a lake, or a river.
Hope you enjoy visiting all my galleries ! And I'm always please to see new comments being written ;)