Yes it's still stupid cold here. I've been into photography for probably my entire life, though all of that has been just P&S cameras aside from a short run with a Nikon Pronea 6i. I finally decided to turn a casual obsesison into a serious hobby so I picked up a Nikon D50 and I'm here to learn as much as I can. My interest in photography has always been about trying to preserve the moment when I see something beautiful or interesting in the world. I'm really looking to move beyond saving a picture of something I've seen and more into capturing the feeling at that time, if that makes sense. A typical photo for me would be something like this (taken at the Mt St. Helens blast zone): Anyway, glad I found this forum and I look forward to learning as much as I can.