My first Nikonians blog post (clever title, eh?)

I am so excited to have my very own blog on Nikonians. I am going to start out by giving a brief biographical sketch of myself, and in future posts, I will talk about my photographic equipment; my processes; my workflow (ha! that makes it sound like I actually have one!); and my likes, dislikes, pet peeves, and passions in photography.

My name is Melinda and I live in North Carolina with my three children (aged 10, 5, and 4). My first full-time job is as a Web editor and publisher for IBM. My second full-time job is running a house and family. And finally, my interests are photography, tennis, cooking for friends and family, and spending time with my friends.

I have been a photographer since I was in middle school or thereabouts. I have used a million different point-and-shoot cameras over the years, finally moving to an SLR about 10 years ago when my first child was born and I became disgusted with shutter lag. My first "real" camera, the SLR, was a Nikon N65, and I was sold on it as soon as I got it. Well, not quite as soon as, I should say. The body came with a third-party lens, and it wasn't the best quality. As soon as I upgraded to an all-glass Nikkor lens (28-105 mm), I could see the difference in my photography.

Then the digital age hit. My next camera was a Nikon D50. I currently own a Nikon D300, and I just bought the D300 a baby sister, the Coolpix P6000. I have dived in head-first with this hobby of mine, and I have spent a lot of money (not to mention time and effort) on it. But I am improving, and I love it.

I started out my "serious" phase of photography 10 or so years ago focusing mainly on shots of people (specifically my children), but my main areas of interest are still-life things and wildlife. I'm not as good with portraits as I'd like to be, so that's another area I need to practice on.

Well, that's all for now. More later.