One compelling photo per day, taken that day, all of 2008
My Photography History 
The Beginning
I don't think I am that old, but I have been photographing moments of life since I was 14. I started off with a Pentax ME Super, two lenses, a small tripod, some filters and a few phtography books. In 1995 I sold this equipment to an in-law, purchased a Canon A2e that was recommended to me from a pro that shot with one. It came with a 28-105 zoom lens. I liked it, got good results with slide film, but never felt in control of this camera. It always felt backwards to me, though I did not know why. I never bought any other lenses for it and never liked the non-rechargeable batteries that seemed to die when you most needed them to work. I sold it several years ago before it was worthless to too many people. Better than have it collect dust I thought.

Coming of Digital
I used lots of digital cameras over the years, but my first one I purchased was a Nikon Coolpix 4500. I loved that little camera and took it everywhere. I had two ND filters, a circular polarizer and a infrared filter for it. Took 25,000 photos on that thing and then realized that I had outgrown it quite rapidly. Next I purchased a Nikon D70 with a Nikkor 18-70 4.5-5.6 lens. Shot about 26,000 photos with that body and leaned a lot in the process. Had an old Nikkor 75-300 4.5-5.6 zoom lens (used), a Sigma 105 2.8 EX Macro (used) and that was it for a long time. Then bought a Nikkor 85mm 1.8 and that opened up much more control in portrait work, better bokeh and more shooting in low-light.

Getting Serious
Well, then I grew out of the D70 and needed a workhorse, but still within my small budget. I had earned enough from portrait work to get a D200, a vertical grip and some other goodies. That really set me free to explore more photography than ever. Nikkor 50mm 1.8, Nikkor 105mm 2.8 VR Macro, Nikkor 17-55 2.8, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR and a Sigma 10-20 4-5.6 have really been put to constant use with the other stuff in the kit. The ergonomics and access to functions easily has changed my photography to the point that all the equipment has become a creative extension of my thoughts.

Becoming Second Nature
Most everything I learn, I learn by doing. That is the method that works best for me. I learn from friends, contacts, and the rest of the Internet and other resources too, but it does not become second nature until I get out and do it for myself, then it sinks in and either becomes part of my work flow, or becomes something I don't use.

Preferred Settings
I am almost always shooting in M (Manual) mode. I love the control I get and nothing changes unless I want it to. I will occasionally switch to Aperture Priority when light conditions change rapidly. I forced myself to shoot everything on manual mode for two weeks. After that, I never looked back. The relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture has become second nature now and is not something I even think about for many shots. Just rotate one dial or another and all happens without over-thinking it.

The Sharing
I love the sharing that goes on online. The friends I have made, the sharing that goes on, the learning and such has been great. I love sharing, teaching and talking about shots. This blog has been fun to put together as well, so I hope you get something out of it.

TodayNew Nikon D300/grip/batts with a 30mm 1.4, fine-art printer and some other needed workflow tools. I make the most of what I have today, and plan for what will upgrade my work flow tomorrow.

The Future
Pocket Wizards, Radiopoppers and other tools to expand creativity.