There is a technical side to photography which goes hand in hand with the artistic. Vision without the "know-how" results in a photo that does not fulfill its' potential. With that in mind, I've included a bit of information on my equipment and techniques. Lenses, tripods and cameras are tools that can do great things if used with skill.
I now shoot with two Canon bodies: the 1Ds Mark III and the new 5D Mark IV. These are both professional camera bodies built for use and abuse. They both have:
1) enough pixels to allow enlargement beyond 24 x 36 inches;
2) full frame for greater wide-angle shots;
3) strong build for use in all conditions;
4) an RGB histogram allows for accurate exposure in all color channels.
The build is phenomenal but not indestructible. I’ve taken these expensive tools, sealed them in a waterproof backpack and thrown it in the ocean to swim ashore. It’s my traveling companion in the dry desert. Nothing is better than having a quality product deliver the goods! The 5D has some new "bells and whistles" with GPS, WiFi, high ISO, remote control and more. It's a fun gadget!
I’ve shot with Canon SLR cameras since I got one for a High School graduation present from my father. My first digital camera was a Canon 20d. I also use the Canon PowerShot G11 occasionally. I call it my "Disneyland camera" because I can take it to the park easily and use for family shots.
I wish I had every lens in the photo on the left. Wouldn't that be heavy to carry around?!!! Instead, I have about 12 lenses, each with its' own strengths and weaknesses. These are listed to the right.
* Denotes my favorite lenses. It's all too easy to fall prey to the disease of "lens-envy" and want every lens available. There's a trade-off between what I need a lens to do and how big of kit I want to haul around. This is my current lineup of lenses and has served me well for years.
16-35 mm/2.8L II
24-105mm/4 L IS
17mm/4.0 L tilt shift
24mm/3.5 L tilt-shift
35mm/1.4 L *
85mm/1.2 L II*
135mm/2.0 L *
300mm/2.8 L IS *
For landscape photography, I primarily shoot with the 17mm/4.0 L tilt-shift, 16-35mm/2.8 L and 24mm/3.5 tilt-shift lenses. These are all for wide-angle photography. I also find telephoto shots to be strong with the 300mm/2.8 L IS and 70-200mm/4 L. The 70-200mm/4 L is light and small enough to pack around.
For people shots, the the highly-coveted 85mm/1.2 L wins hands down. It’s awesome. The 35mm/1.4 L and 300mm/2.8 L IS also get stunning results. The bokeh with these fast prime lenses makes everything in the background just turn to butter (a really nice blur effect). The 50mm/1.4 is compact, fun but not as quick to focus as the others. The 135mm/2 L allows one to shoot from a distance but get intimate shots..
Macro shots are best with the 100mm/2.8 macro or the 90mm/2.8 tilt-shift. The 24-105/4 L also has a macro feature. That makes it a great all-around lens.
Casual shots at home are best done with the 35mm/1.4 L or 50mm/1.4.
Wildlife shots are fabulous with the 300mm/2.8 L IS. I often add the 1.4x teleconverter. The 2x teleconverter is also helpful, but I lose some sharpness with it so I only use it when shooting very small and distant objects.
Gitzo Traveler Tripod + Markins Q10 ballhead (my "small" tripod)
Gitzo Series 3 Systematic Tripod + Markins Q20 ballhead (my "big" tripod)
Lee filter system and filters
Pearstone Timer Remote
Alien Bee 800 W strobe flash with medium octabox
Toyota 4x4 and a full tank of gas