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Photography has always been a hobby and passion for me since childhood. I can remember as a teenager borrowing my grandmother's 35mm SLR and driving out the Mojave Desert to get photos of the first landing of the Space Shuttle. I did not end up anywhere near close enough to get good shuttle pictures so I turned the camera on the crowd and started taking people pix. To this day I still enjoy taking candid photos of people. A few years after the Mojave trip I purchased a Canon A1 35mm SLR and I was hooked. I got on the digital bandwagon early, my first digital camera was a Sony Mavica (FD-71 I think), a very low resolution camera that stored photos on a 3.5 inch floppy disk .. Wow! that was Hi-Tech. Since then I've owned many point and shoot digitals and eventually moved up to my first Digital SLR, an Olympus E-20. Then in 2002 I came full circle and went back to Canon... I bought the EOS 10D. Since then I replaced the 10D with a 20D and also bought a 30D, eventually sold the 20D and now I have two 40D's and the EOS 1D Mark III.
Here is my current equipment list: :
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon EOS 40D digital SLR
- Canon 600mm f/4L Super Telephoto Lens
- Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens
- Canon 24mm-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom lens
- Canon 100mm-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM zoom telephoto lens with Image Stabilization
- Canon TC-80N3 remote controller/timer
- Canon Speedlite 550EX II E-TTL Flash on an off-camera mount
- Canon Speedlite 580EX E-TTL Flash on an off-camera mount
- Stationary studio lights and softboxes
- Various filters, Reflectors, Etc
- All image editing is done on a Quad Processor MacPro and a CoreDuo (Intel) MacBookPro using Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS4. I also have a 20" Intel iMac in my podcast studio.
My main photography obsessions are planes and trains, I'm not a typical plane/train spotter in that I do not keep a log of what I see, record serial numbers, worry about where they are going or where they came from ... I'm more worried about getting a good photo. I enjoy photographing outdoor scenes and capturing people doing everyday things, participating in sports and just generally living their lives. I also use photography as a means of documenting and preserving the memories of my travels.
My other interests and hobbies include radio controlled model aircraft, model making of any kind, traveling the world and of course computers (apples).
The photos I post to flickr are not necessarily my best or my favorites ... some are, but others are just snapshots. While I have some pretty high-end photo equipment I'm not scared to post pictures I've snapped with my point-and-shoot or even the crappy camera in my iPhone. I don't think every photo needs to be a masterpiece, I just enjoy taking and sharing photos.
I came to Flickr for the community aspect of the site, I love meeting new people and seeing their photos. I like to comment on their work and I like to get comments on my work so please feel free to leave comments on my photos if you like.
Please note that all images on my Flickr site are registered copyrighted by me. Please do not take my images for commercial use. If you have a need for one of my images please contact me.
I am over 21 years old.
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Allen is one wonderful guy to be around, has some of the most action shots of planes I ever seen!
Wonderful photography. Captures moments I only dream about. Take the time and look. It's a journey well worth it.
Had the pleasure of meeting Allen last year and has been a great friend. Allen is probably one the best photographers and most all around intelligent individuals you will ever meet. Allen has a great passion for aviation will a great eye for military aviation.
Allen has some great pictures always adding new one's from planes, trains, automobiles, and anything else! Thanks for adding me as a contact!
Allen is a great guy with an amazing eye for detail. We both share a love for Jets and other gadgets. Allen is also kind enough to provide the photography world with a great podcast from which I have enjoyed so much. Thanks and keep the great work Allen! Pete
Thanks for adding me as a contact, for your great work, and for sharing your vast knowledge with the community!
Allen comes up with some of the most exciting and original shots on flickr. Although I am huge into aviation shots I love to see the varied subject matter and techniques Allen displays on a daily basis. Keep up the great work!
Allen had been on my contact list for some time - his HDR work is particularly inspiring - I was very surprised to hear him featured on the Digital Photography Show podcast some months ago - I then discovered he had started producing a podcast of his own - I'm a regular listener and would recommend his photostream and … Read more
Allen had been on my contact list for some time - his HDR work is particularly inspiring - I was very surprised to hear him featured on the Digital Photography Show podcast some months ago - I then discovered he had started producing a podcast of his own - I'm a regular listener and would recommend his photostream and podcast to any enthusiastic photographer. One down side - he's a Canon shooter - ah well ;-)Read less
Allen is not only a great photographer, but also a great person. Skilled at many things, he is quite dedicated and is always there to help and offer advice. He is the type of person who has and will continue to go far in life.
Allen is a wonderful photographer but also a generous person. He paid my Flickr Pro Account and he didn't even want that i get to know his name. But he is also a great Photographer who told me a lot over the last year. I learned many things just because of him. Continue to take stunning picture my photofriend