2012 - Taken by Larry Dees while we were on what's left of Sand Island near Dauphin Island, AL.


    Some basic info about me: I’m 65 years old - going on 25, now retired, and focusing all my time to photography. I spent my entire career in the Defense Industry as a Systems Engineer developing large-scale defense solutions. Initially focusing on IBM mainframe computer systems as a programmer and then moved into defining configurations such as the IBM 360 and 370, as well as developing the data centers to support them. In 1980 I switched from computers to Defense Systems Engineering focusing on the F/A-18, F-15, T-45TS, including a 10 year stint at NASA on the International Space Station.

    I consider myself an advanced pro/am photographer simply due to the fact that I have over 45 years experience behind the camera. I bought my first camera (a Kodak Brownie) in 1960 when I was 10 years old and I took pictures of everything that crossed my path. In 1970 I purchased a Minolta Hi-matic E Rangefinder my first year in Germany and before long I got the bug and moved I stepped up to my first SLR buying the Minolta SRT-101 and before I knew it, I had 7 of them and about 6 lenses. I couple years later I decided to move up another notch and bought my first Nikon F. By 1980 I had a complete collection of Nikon F gear that I used for over 30 years. I've also used some medium-format camera's such as the Mamiya Sekor C220, C330, Bronica S2A, Hasselblad 500CM - but as a nature photographer I realized that I didn't like carrying all the weight around. Today, I shot only digital as I finally parted with all of my film cameras.

    The equipment I use today:

    - Nikon D7100 with MB Grip & Kirk L-bracket
    - Nikon D90 with MB-80 Grip & Kirk L-bracket
    - Nikon F100
    - Nikon 5700
    - Canon S100 for travel

    - Samyang 8mm Fisheye
    - Tokina 11-16mm
    - Nikkor 16-85mm
    - Nikkor 24-120mm
    - Tokina 100mm Pro Micro
    - Sigma 150-500mm
    - Nikon WC-E80 Wide Angle

    Light Meter
    - Gossen Lunasix Pro Meter that I've had for over 40 years

    - Polarizer
    - Variable ND

    - Nikon SB-400

    - Manfrotto 190CX Pro 4
    - Giottos MH-1000 Ball Head and MH-658 Arca-Swiss Plate
    - Leitz Transit Tripod with Fluid Pan Head
    - Monopod with Fotopro FPH-52P Head Arca-Swiss Plate

    - Tamrac Messenger
    - Everest Canvas Messenger
    - LowePro Orion AW
    - LowePro Pro Roller X200

    - Epson Stylus Photo R2000
    - Epson V600 Pro Scanner

    Computer & Software
    - Dell XPS Desktop
    - Dell Inspiron Laptop
    - Amazon Kindle Fire
    - Amazon Kindle WiFi 3G
    - Adobe Photoshop CS6
    - Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
    - On! Perfect Effects Suite 9
    - NIK Software Suite
    - Nikon View NX2
    - Nikon Transfer

    - Several different photo vests
    - A variety of old military surplus belts & harness
    - TomTom GPS Unit