John Williams | Vancouver, Washington
My path to photography began by birdwatching. By profession I am a veterinarian, but enjoy birding as a hobby. Not long after purchasing a spotting scope for birdwatching, I stumbled across Ann Cook's digiscoped images of birds and was immediately hooked. In June of 2002, I purchased my first digital camera (a Nikon Coolpix 880) and began trying to digiscope images of birds by holding the camera up to the scope.
Birding is typically best in the early morning and late afternoon, when the light is also often best for landscape photography. While out digiscoping, I began to take photos of the scenery around me. This eventually led to more landscape photography. The beauty of nature has always fascinated and filled me, and I find more and more that attempting to capture photographically what I experience has grown into a full-blown passion.