I'd be curious to see how many people who started using Flickr in 2004 or earlier are still using it regularly. I still love it, although my engagement has waxed and waned a few times. Faves of Mine is a good place to get a sense of what I like to take pictures of. Other projects I've been focusing on include: ice, industrial, orchards, grasses, childhood, trees and abstracts. I've had a couple of small solo gallery shows and participated in some group shows as well, but I've gotten more pleasure out of self-publishing, selling and giving away Blurb books. Okanagan Orchards has been most popular, and our local library stocks several of them.

 

I tend to use older gear, always a few steps behind. I've used Canon PowerShots as "family cameras", enjoying their macro settings and video, and an old Minolta X-700 film SLR with some excellent classic lenses. Also a Canon Elan body that I run film through sometimes. But my primary setup is a workhorse Canon 7D (replaced an even older 40D, and a 30D before that) with these lenses, none of which are cutting-edge, but tend to get the job done:

 

Canon 10-22mm

Canon 50mm f/1.4 (sadly died, replaced with the f/1.8)

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro (also died, replaced with the newer USM version)

Sigma 120-400mm

 

If you're interested in buying prints or using images, please email jhiebert@gmail.com. I have non-commercial Creative Commons licensing on most of my photos, and love seeing them used in creative, nonprofit ways. It's great when people ask permission, and even better when they offer to pay (for commercial uses).

 

Notes on my flickr preferences:

-- if you have nothing to share and start faving my photos, I'll probably block you...Flickr is not a one-way street

-- no comment/group badges, please...I consider them intrusive and usually delete them

-- watermarks turn photos into ads, so I don't fave them, and generally won't follow people who watermark all their photos

-- I'm not interested in "gaming" flickr, and prefer real contact with a small number of like-minded people

 

I also run a few Flickr groups you might want to check out:

-- I Love the Okanagan, a regional site devoted to the landscape of my home valley

-- Ultimate Ice, a small group of ice-photography enthusiasts who really geek out on ice. It's a bit exclusive to keep it focused and the quality of the pool is fantastic.

-- The Backyard Rink reflects my love of skating outdoors, and although I didn't do a rink in the backyard this year, I hope to again at some point.

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