I’m a retired newspaper editor/reporter who continues to write and edit columns, stories and Web news on a freelance (and very part-time) basis. Former work experience includes public relations director at an advertising agency and university administrator and articles published in more than 20 national magazines. Photography is a hobby, which works hand-in-lens with another hobby, travel. My husband Jack, also an amateur photographer is a semi-retired educator (33 years teaching English at a public high school who supervises student teachers for a local university). We’ve been married for 50 years (as of 2012) and live in northeastern Ohio. Photographically, I have a special interest in state and national parks and nature preserves (I consider these to be high on the list of our country’s national treasures) and macro work.
As for cameras, I have several (accumulated over the years) that I use regularly – almost all Canon, starting with the EOS Digital Rebel XTi handed down to me when my husband upgraded to the XSi. Admittedly, my XTi is reserved almost exclusively to macro photography, and I keep it outfitted with a Canon EF100 f/2.8 macro lens just for such purposes. My “main” camera is a Canon PowerShot G10 (also a hand-me-down when my husband got his G12 a few years back). In my purse is a compact Canon PowerShot SD4500, which goes with me everywhere and has taken its share of up close and personal grocery-store fruits and vegetables, craft store fabrics and more. Not long ago I found a great deal on a Kodak EasyShare Z1520 and in particular love its macro and super macro modes.