Hey ya'll, My name is John Cowan, and I have been shooting for nearly 10 years. I got into this at, I believe, the most exiting time in photographic history. The year was 2000, and the exciting part was the coming of the digital revolution. I started out shooting color print film, and soon move to B&W. I stuck with that for nearly a year before a wise old photog advised me to try shooting slides. This was the best advice I had even gotten for photography. Slides were, and I believe, still are the best way to learn proper exposure, and the importance thereof. In 2003 I made the jump to digital with a Minolta DiMage 7i. At the time it was one of the best cameras around for the wary film user looking to try out the digi thing. I really opened up a whole new world for me, especially in the realm of editing. Something I could not do on my own before digital; not without a scanner or a pair of scissors and a big print At this point in time I am shooting with a Canon EOS 30D, 70-200 f/4L USM, 50mm f/1.8, and a Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4 EX HSM. I also use a Sunpak flash gun and a set of Kenko Canon AF macro extension tubes. I am a former moderator of the galleries, and 2 forums on photographyreviw.com, though I left a year ago due to time constraints. My main subjects of interest are nature, animals/wildlife, and people. I have had several aquariums over the years, and I use them as miniature studios for fish photography. Here are some examples of my recent work Poorly rendered HDR, I am just getting into this myself... Panorama made from 5 combined images... And, of course, the man himself... Thanks!