So lets hear it. What did you start shooting and why. How did it lead you to where you are now? Here's me: I've been serious (getting paid) about photography for less than 5 years. I kinda got drug into it when I started writing part time about motorsports. Turned out I had media access to all kinds of events, and I took advantage of everything from offroad trucks (CORR) to the Red Bull Air Races. All my photography was done with a Sony DSC H5 point and shoot. Had a Zeiss lens so it took great pictures, just didn't lend itself to motorsports photography. Well over a year ago I landed two gigs covering ATVs/offroading and motocross/freestyle motocross as a columnist, feature writer, blogger and photog. With two great paying gigs I was able to buy a DSLR, a 7D. I've had it for just over a year now and just bought my first L last month. All paid for by the New York Times Co. and MX Affiliate Magazine. :thumbup: In the last year I've found myself shooting things I never considered before and I am making a deliberate effort to expand in a professional capacity to different types of shooting. I'm getting some concert stuff published next month and may be doing some contract shooting for a few motocross riders. Lately I've tried shooting birds and I gotta tell you, it's much harder than I thought. Motorsports is easy in that it's usually on a track and you kind of know where they're going. It's difficult in that the lighting is always different from indoors to outdoors, some events are shows with pyrotechnics and smoke, some events are at night. Birds are way more unpredictable that motorsports and those small little bastards are real hard to track in flight. It's a whole new type of shooting but I'm enjoying it and have managed at least a few decent shots. Can't see it making me any money but it will damn sure help me be a better photog! :mrgreen: I'm also moving towards some different types of Action Sports like surfing, extreme skateboarding and stuff.