|Message from John Stevenson
As soon as I saw the $15 Nikon Nuvis E10 at my local drugstore when I was eight I knew I had to get it. Sure, my weekly allowance was a dime times my age (taking ďdonít spend it all in one placeĒ to a whole new level), but I had a goal. A few months later I was the proud owner of my first, of many, Nikons. My equipment certainly has evolved Ė my style, too Ė but not my passion. Iím in love with the art today just as I was over a decade ago; capturing the best possible photograph I can still drives me.
My photography has two distinct approaches: the photographs that I plan and those where I suspect I just get lucky. Sometimes I visualize every dimension of an image in my head Ė composition, lens, aperture, shutter speed, film, lighting, processing, post-processing Ė months or even years before actually capturing it. But then, many of my best photographs werenít taken like that at all. So much of photography is just going out and finding something completely surprising, and capturing life the way it really is: unexpected and constantly changing. Knowledge of your equipment and the art of composition are beneficial but not essential.
Today, when I go out shooting, I try to find compositions that I can turn into arresting images. Sometimes Iíll set out with a goal in mind; sometimes I wonít. After years of capturing still life, nature, and water images, Iím trying to take my work in a new direction: to photographs of us, the people in this astounding world.
Whatís the best way to get better at photography? Shoot. Relentlessly. Iíve taken over 40,000 photographs in the past four years alone, and I still have so much to learn. Thank you for looking at my work, I hope you enjoy it.
I am currently a mechanical engineer, working in Fort Worth, Texas.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get this far with their generous support.
John Stevenson (Jestev)
Nikon N70, N6006, Nuvis E10; D300, D50 | Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX, Tokina 12-24mm 124 f/4 AT-X AF Pro DX, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF, Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D AF, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-S, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX, Nikkor 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-n Macro, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D AF, Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D AF
Tamron 1.4x Teleconverter
Minolta XG-7 | Minolta 50mm f/1.7 MD Rokkor-X, Minolta 100-200mm f/5.6 MD Zoom Rokkor-X, Minolta 35mm f/1.8 MD W.Rokkor-X
Canon S1 IS, SD850IS
Ricoh Shotmaster Zoom
SanDisk Extreme IV 4GB CF (3x)
SanDisk Extreme III 2GB SD (2x), Patriot Memory EP Plus 2GB SD (1x), PQI 1 GB CF (1x)
Gary Fong Lightsphere II P2, C2, and Chromedome
Sekonic L-208, Kodak Gray Cards
Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400 AW
Lowepro Nova 3 AW
Lowepro Rezo 15
Think Tank Urban Disguise 40
Tenba P262 Medium Photo Backpack
Cokin Z-PRO System
Nikon ML-3 (returned)