Marty Paige, Cleveland Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement I am a lover of nature. I have enjoyed photography for about 27 years. My subject matter changes from time to time. I have always liked to photograph naturally lit subjects whether they be landscapes, flowers ,birds, people. I look for superb natural lighting conditions. These usually occur in the early mornings or late afternoons. I am always looking for great photo opportunites. I seem to get my best inspirations away from home although some of my best images are from my own yard. I find my own area boring, not that there are not opportunities. I will pass on many opportunities simply because the lighting is not right. If possible I will go back when it is right. If not , then "oh well". I don't shoot unless I like what I see in the viewfinder. Previously I used a Canon EOS 1N film camera and preferred to shoot with Velvia slide film. I finally converted over to a Digital Canon Rebel Xti 2 1/2 years ago due to the ease of processing the image. Digital changed the world of photography for me. I am much happier as a digital photographer! I recently upgraded to a Canon 40D and I like its features much better than the Xti. Still getting to know this camera but looking forward to seeing its results.