Hello everyone. My name is Derek. I am a Canadian living in Beijing. Lots of people back home want pictures so I finally got around to making an online gallery for them and thought I'd just keep adding to it. I even think I want to start taking a better quality of pictures - I've just used poor quality P&S digitals so far. But unfortunately, this is Beijing where the air is thick with pollution and picture taking weather is as dismal as the air is sometimes yellow. So for the last couple weeks I haven't felt too motivated to take pics on the few hours I have outside of working. But I have a vacation coming up and I'm hoping to find a way to take nice pictures even under a smog painted sky. Or maybe showing the pollution will be the point of the pictures. So anyways, that is what got me starting to visit this forum and I'm sure I'll get lots of great tips from it as I'm a totally newbie (like what does DSLR actually stand for?) Have a great day !