John O'Berry [JohnOBerry]
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Born in Washington DC in 1965. Lived in Maryland all my life.
For me, photography started as a bridge my father built to span the gap that was between us.
My father enjoyed taking pictures of everything and read a lot about photography. He would wake us up early some weekend and click.. click.. click.. my sister and I were not always enthusiastic subjects. None the less he would snap away.
As I got older I started to grow apart from my father as most teenagers do. His work and my coming of age left little time and common ground to share.
He gave me my first camera when I was about 15 or so, an old manual Konica with several different lenses. I would go out and shoot, he'd get the film developed and we would talk about the photos. I never really got proficient with that camera.
Ten years later he bought me the first camera I ever really loved, My Canon Rebel 35mm and things started to take shape.
For me the ease of the Auto-focus, auto settings, SLR was a better base to learn from. In a matter of months I was off the auto-settings and shooting with the manual settings. (Wonder how I would fair with that old Konica today?)
For the last 17 years most all of my shooting has been film. I have owned several P&S digicams and used an Olympus E-10 at work fairly often.
About 5 years ago I started to manipulate images in Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop and other programs.
This year I decided I was ready to step in to the world of the Digital SLR. I bought a used Canon Digital Rebel and am learning that I have a lot to learn here in the 21 century.
So, as my father built a span through the camera to connect with me, I will build a span to connect and learn from you.
If you have gotten this far through my rambling I will ask you one favor, please take some time to look over my work and leave a comment or two. Good or bad we can only learn from the eye of the outside observer.