Hello, my name is Benjamin Le and I reside in San Diego, California.
Photography is a hobby for me... maybe an obsession! Recently,
I was able to afford several digital cameras and lenses. Maybe
not afford since I'm still paying for them right now.
I've always wanted to be an artist when I was little. I can still remember
winning first place for drawing a shooting star in second grade somewhere in
Houston, Texas. It was a very simple drawing but it started my career of
being a part time artist. Soon my interests grew beyond drawing... I come
to enjoy pottery and craft making, sculpting, painting and astronomy. Why
astronomy you say? It is because I like to draw planets and stars... and
also learn about them. A few years ago, I can name all the known moons in
the solar system for each of the planets!
Now, I work in the software engineering field. It does not allow much for
creativity but in my free time, I can be creative with web pages. With a
digital camera in hand, I can be quite dangerous. How dangerous am I? On a
one zoo excursion, I managed to take over one thousand pictures! Everyone is
camera shy around me. If not, please write me! :-)
In the past, I've cycled through several cheap 110 film cameras. Our family
then upgraded to an "expensive" Canon Autofocus fixed lens 35mm. Anything
more than for a camera was expensive then. My life hasn't changed yet
due to this camera. I think we still have film in it from 8 year ago!
Not until I won an Epson PhotoPC 650 1 Megapixel digital camera did my life
changed... not sure if it is for the better or for the worst. Never have I
been able to take pictures of just about anything I want to. It was an
instant hit for me. I began taking pictures everyday.
Taking pictures was just a fun activity for me in my Epson days. It wasn't until
I picked up the Olympus Camedia 2100 Uz (Ultra Zoom) camera did my photography
skills really took off. This is due mostly to research online and being
in a very helpful and friendly Olympus C-2100 Yahoo! discussion group.
I've sinced upgraded to a Canon 10D and then recently the Canon 5D Digital SLR
with several lenses. I think my parents fainted when they heard the price I
paid for both cameras and lenses. I had to forgo replacing my aging car to
upgrade to the Canon 5D. The camera days are over... at least for me.
The Canon 5D camera, like the others I have in the past, is an extension of myself.
You are seeing what I'm seeing. If the picture is of a cold shower, I might
be freezing on the other end! The Canons allow me to have more controls
over how I take pictures as the Olympus has in the past in a more limited
Some people may disagree with this statement: "You don't need a good camera
to take great pictures" You don't? I didn't think so at first too until I
saw the soul of a photographer through pictures taken with a cheap plastic
camera. Composition, lighting and framing all comes together to make a
normal picture great. This is what a professional photographer excels at
doing. This is what I'm striving to learn.
Due to my full time work schedule and numerous volunteer activities, I have less
and less time for photography. I took on commercial works for half
a year and in that half year, I've learned quite a bit. Unfortunately,
because it is work related and most of my time is spent post processing, my
enjoyment of photography vanished. I stopped doing commercial work a few years
ago and hope to fully go back to enjoying this hobby once again. Now where did
I misplace all my time?