The #1 thing about me? I love to learn new topics, to expand knowledge and share learning with others.
My favorite hobby and artistic outlet is photography. I was first exposed to it in middle school. I started with a Polaroid Big Swinger 3000 Land Camera
and it progressed from there. Spent time in a real dark room with B&W film and kept working at the hobby through college. I've kept at it off/on as life progressed, but the last few years I've really tried to concentrate on improving my skills.
I am a strong believer in the digital darkroom. I'm a fan of Photoshop, Lightroom, and many of the various other tools that fill a need (Photomatix, Zerene, Nik, etc) . Having worked in a real dark room and learned about techniques that people like Ansel Adams used, I don't look down upon anyone who uses the digital tools at their disposal to create stunning images. But no matter what tool you use, the old adage remains true: You can't polish a turd.
I have a full-time technical job during the week, but I wish I could be out with the camera more often and spend less time sitting behind a computer. Although, I am lucky that I get to work with technology and problem solving on a regular basis. I have an interest in the sciences, especially biology, astronomy, and physics. I also have an interest in philosophy and sociology. I stay involved in things related to engineering and software and try to keep up with technology fairly regularly (including topics like computers, mobile devices, operating systems, home audio/video, etc).
My love of photography and technology are on equal footing.
I think spending time in self-analysis, being honest with yourself to determine your strengths and weaknesses, is one of the most valuable things we can do. We are all different, which is a great thing! The more we learn about ourselves, the better friends and citizens we can all become.