I'm what's know as an Embedded Systems Programmer. I write programs for microcontrollers that are embedded inside various devices. An example of such devices would be an instrument cluster that goes into a tractor or a piece of construction equipment.
Are Nikonians mainly techno-geeks (like my engineer son & son-in-law) or is it only the techies that are answering? Not a lot of us common joes or josephines are answering. Come on, you houswives like me, mail-carriers, Wal-Mart workers, construction people, carpenters, nurses aides, office clerks, salespeople, jump on in. The water is fine, and we also make the world work.
I was a police lieutenant with a portion of my career being in forensic/evidence photography in SE Wisconsin until I retired and moved to the Blue Ridge of Virginia. Now I freelance for several magazines, supply imagery for animal parks and zoos, do a little commercial work and have found a gallery that displays my "stuff".
It's been a good ride!
Skip Higgins Member of the Nikonian Team Paddle faster, I hear Banjos!
For my "Day-job" I am a structural design technician (draftsman/designer with a fancy name) working on commercial/industrial type structures. For my "Not-So-Day-Job" I actually shoot portraits. It's a fledgling business for me but is slowly growing. Nicely paced I'd say.
I aspire to have my photography play a larger role in my "income" earning through portraiture as well as my artwork. I'm enjoying watching that part of my life bloom.
"You, you and you … Panic. The rest of you, come with me." ~U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt.~
For the past 20 years my lovely, tolerant, understanding bride and I have run a small computer company. It keeps us in beans, cameras and ham gear (and a Mini Cooper). Can't believe she lets me have all these toys.
After 20 years in insurance management, I was lucky enough to be out of a job due to mergers. My wife Linda (a nurse) encouraged me to pursue my hobby as a career. Worked in sales & printing at a camera store, met a professional photographer with a studio. Now am fulltime at the studio and shooting 30-40 weddings per year as well as portraits, nature and some commercial. Wow, my profession is my hobby!!
Designer, carver, gilder and restorer of picture frames. Photography associated with that, but mainly the chronicler of family life, and as a "sketching" tool for the "once in a great while" paintings I do.
Currently I am selling my main business, an environmental test laboratory that I started four years ago. I also have a small custom photo printing business, and do a little portrait work, sell some prints locally, etc. Hopefully my small custom photo printing business will become my main business in the coming year.
I am a Pro-Pilot and fly the Raytheon Hawker 800XP. I have been flying for 35 years. I use the opportunity I have flying all over North America for photo shoots with my D70. I just got the Sigma 30,1.4 and am looking into the Sigma 50-500. (Also have the kit lens and the 70-300). I have a friend on the eastern shore of Maryland and we go on wildlife shoots. I have contributed to my companies website WWW.Frederickaviation.com (photo wise) and they have used my work for their brochure.My main goal is to become a Pro-Photographer. As you can see how I have gravitated towards that subject in this post.
For twenty two years instructional materials technologist with a large inner city school board in the province of Ontario before leaving due to affirmative action issues and personality conflicts. Then a similar position in a local hospital until downsizing struck two years later. Then assistant manager of a recycling centre for six years. For the last 14 years have done a monthly column on eastern Canadian railways for a US-Based regional publication, soon to end due personal health problems.
Photography was a part of all of these positions, using Nikon and Hasselblad gear for the first two, Nikon thereafter with a spate of Pentax in between.
Photography as with all things in life varies in intensity; sometimes go months without doing any photography, other times can burn six rolls in a day if the mood strikes.
And that's the rub, you have to be "in the mood" to be able to enjoy any hobby.
Maybe with retirement, those moods will come more frequently?
Presently re-sorting my own extensive colour slide collection ofrailways with a hope offuture sale to some body who may utilize same.
Photography should be pleasure for one's self. however such pleasure no longer exists hence all kit has now been sold.
Professional firefighter for 16 years in a not quite small old mill city in Massachusetts.
Also a freelance television camera operator. My 'specialty' (read favorite) is motor racing, preferably with no fenders (Formula 1, ChampCar), although I shoot almost everything. It makes for some very long weeks, but it pays the bills and keeps my wife at home for the kids.
I also signed up for the State Dept. Fire Services Field Communications Team (FieldCom), which are Freightliner Sprinter vans filled with radio gear. I figure it's a license to chase fires all over the state.
I was a freelance photographer previously, and worked in a professionally oriented camera shop prior to getting hired on the FD.
I mostly shot news, although now, with a bit of age (but certainly not maturity or wisdom) and 10 acres of a wooded backyard, I may venture into that alien territory of non-news stuff. The main reason for getting a D1X to use all my old glass is several photos I have seen in my backyard but new weren't possible with a point and shoot.
Now, the only question is how to make those backyard photos saleable.
I've been working with IBM mainframes for nearly 16 years, but more recently (4 years ago) transitioned into web programming using Java. I'm coming to the end of my current contract and have lined up a new position, which will give me some management experience. Looking forward to the challenge.
And I did promise myself a 200-400VR if I got this job. My current company wants me to work right up to the point where I start the new job (no Christmas break for the wicked, I guess), so that's extra money for me. Guess where that'll be going...
> > >"My job is a software engineer working on Engine Control >Modules -- I code some of the software in some of your >cars." > >Ah-ha, finally the person responsible for that odd habit of >my friend's old Alfa to cycle the windows up and down for no >apparent reason!
LOL! Nope, just engines (like emissions and torque control) and only for the last three years or so.
I work in the insurance industry as a claims examiner & supervisor. Have been in this business for the past 20 years. Tho I've spent countless hours "on the road" as adjuster, I now spend most of my time "behind a desk" examining bodily injury claims, supervising junior adjusters and dealing with the usual complaints that come from insureds.
I find photography and other visual & performing arts (I play clarinet in a military band - volunteer only these days!!) a welcome opportunity for release from my day job. I'm 46 y.o. now & hope to make the arts my sole passion (besides my family) when I'm somewhere between 55-60 y.o. No formal retirement intended, just a career change!! LOL!!
Binder and finisher, at trade school I learnt how to bind books by hand from scratch but for the last 13 years I do print finishing, that is flat sheets come off a printing press and I cut them to size on a large guillotine then fold the paper, stich and trim for magazines that have stapples in them or use a perfect binding machine for books and magazines that are glued on the spine.
A company director in the UK. I set up / start companies This means that I am still waiting for the day when the money rolls in, however I am meanwhile able to use the camera kit bought by the companies as essential requirements (Nikon of course!)
I'm an Architect and Urbanist, still managing to make a living out of it, and also teach architecture in our school in Paris... At this time and age, I'm more inclined toward sustainability, new materials and exchanges via the school with other countries!
Some ex-students like elarchitecture have found their way to Nikonians
I am also a housewife like echo rider but prefer to call myself a domestic engineer (an upgrade for the new millenium). Planning on taking college classes next fall and hope to have a small studio in a few years.
I have owned a portrait studio and a small print shop. I never could figure out which business I preferred. I closed the portrait studio because having to shoot every day ruined my photography hobby. I shot weddings, portraits and school photos part-time when I owned a print shop, because I missed shooting.
Today, I work for a friend in his small print shop. I do all the digital stuff from building the network and computers, to ripping jobs to the digital printers. Most of my day is spent using Photoshop, Illustrator, Pagemaker, In-Design and Quark. Sometimes I even shoot photos for our customers.
I've been teaching for close to seven years now... So it looks like I am one of the minority not in the tech field... Summers I work for My father-in-law who is a landscape business owner... Gives me lots of opportunity to get ideas for photography... I also help him with the business ny taking pictures of jobs for prospective clients.
I have been an autoworker for ten years, a house painter for 15 years and am currently a custodian at the local highschool. I feel my diverse jobs has given me a unique perspective about photography. I truly enjoy this website and the insight it affords to all.
I'm a Research Assistant at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. My MSc was about the Behavior of Steel Structures on Eathquakes. Now I'm studying in Earthquake Engineering PhD programme. We have the twin brother of San Andreas Fault California US, here in Turkey. So better watch my studies
I'm deep into teaching, English and History, in two schools in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
I fell into photography to record my first trip to Oz, then upgraded from that compact to an Olympus OM1, then forgot about it, then my father died in 2002 and I was the only one in the family interested in his Nikons. I've upgraded some since!
I'm one of those boring geek/tech guys. My "day job" is actually at night, where I'm a "Senior Surgical Imaging Field Service Engineer". That means that I fix any "imaging device ". These range from X-ray, MRI and Flouroscopy machines to to 3D guidance system and surgical microscopes. It's a major research hospital that keeps 30 rooms going 24 hours a day. I'm required to work in scrubs, which is the comfort equivilant of working in your pajamas.
I get to talk with reps from Leitz and Zeiss and my X-ray gear is like taking care of giant cameras.
Fun, fun fun !
But I also get to press my D2x into service when pictures of surgical proceedures are needed for medical journal publications.
Too bad I'm 55 and my eyesight is geting worse and worse. Time to call Coka~Cola and let them know I'm going to be needing some new eyeglass lenses. Thank goodness for Auto Focus until I get time to get them.
Edited to correct spelling errors.
Bill North Wisdom cannot be given, it must be gathered...
Rich, Bingo! Then I come home to 16, 13, and 11 year-olds. The 16 is working now--yippee! I have to speak up to her to get past the MP3 player stuck in her ears--playing Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. My quiet times--5 to 6am and 11pm to 12am.
I remember part one. I answered then too. I have a boring factory job and everyone else seems to be doctors, lawyers, etc,.
NOW I HAVE AN UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hard to belive this is going to be an improvement, but i will soon be UNEMPLOYED and i have NEVER IN MY LIFE been happier. I am 29 years old and decided that in May i am going to quit my job and backpack through europe. You may say, "everyone does that" but this is different. I am not taking any trains. I am hitching and camping the whole time. Taking pictures which i LOVE and we all do im sure and writing SOMETHING. I also love to write and am pretty good (i think, but doesnt everyone?) Anyway, I figure now is the time to be happy and not be "responsible" (i have no wife or kids) If i cant do what i want and Fail at it, what what can i do? I am the sort of person who fails because i think if i dont try i cant fail.... well, now im gonna hit or miss. At leat it will be something i can look back on and say... I did it....
I also rent out a Gite (holiday home) to tourists.
When I'm NOT working (if you can call it working), I play guitar in a blues band consisting of three English and two French musicians (we're playing the Mirepoix Jazz Festival, Easter 2006)
And when I'm not earning money and having fun with those activities, I'm spending the money I've earned therein on developing the property here (one of my ongoing projects is creating a purpose-built art/photographic/music studio)
Oh, and I nearly forgot, in the winter, when I'm not building and refurbishing, I teach English to French people.
Pete "Cameras don't take photographs, people do" - John Hedgecoe said that. "Expose for the highlights and let the shadows take care of themselves" - Ansel Adams said that. "The camera is only a tool. The best saw in the world won't make you a great carpenter" - I said that A few photos, here for a reason
I spent 25 years as an attorney. Then, 10 years ago, I decided it was a time for a change. I thought that I would get away from the law; but, all I managed to do was move to the other side of the courtroom.
I'm a graphic designer/production manager for a national weekly magazine ive been doing that at various magazines for the last 10 years. before that I was an in-house graphic designer for a printing company.
I'd really prefer to teach middle school, but financially that's not possible right now.
in college i studied photography, graphic design and fiction writing, ending up with degrees in the last 2.
for fun (besides photography) I play with my kids and coach lacrosse with 13- and 14-year-olds. I also fly fish when i can get away, which is not often.
I am a retired Patrol Sergeant from our local County Sheriff's Dept. in Washington State.
I currently run a computer business doing PC maintenance, repair, upgrades, etc. for small businesses.
I play Bluegrass flatpickin' guitar, 5 string banjo, Dobro, Harmonica, Bass and the CD player. I hold strictly to the verse in the Bible (my version) that says "If it ain't Bluegrass.... It ain't Music"!
I'm trying my hardest to wear out my D50 when I get the opportunity, and have been well pleased with the results so far! A lot of them not-so-well-pleased too, but I think we've all been there.
Thanks to everyone on this site, I've learned a tremendous amount reading the various posts. I appreciate all who have taken the time to add to the discussions.
I'm a system administrator working for the Alaska State Library. I used to do the same thing back in Washington, DC before we moved out here almost 6 months ago. We have a 16 month old boy that keeps me quite busy when I'm not at work!
I've retired now (early retirement I must stress) after 35 years with Big Blue... laterly managing software centres across Europe which supported ISVs. I'm enjoying my retirement thoroughly and this is giving me more time to indulge my passion of riding my motorbike and more recently getting into photography more seriously. It also lets me keep my hand in with computing as I've been using Photoshop for a couple of years and am now trying to increase my expertise.
I'm a senior developer and team lead for a large financial related company. What got me back into photography several years ago was another great hobby: numismatics. Taking good coin pictures is very difficult.
I had been working as a Paramedic for 16 years until I got hurt on the job 13 months ago. Now I am trying to get my arm back in shape so I can get back to work.
I owned a Nikon SLR about 25 years ago (which I lost in a fire) and finally got a D50 to replace it just after Christmas. Better late than never I guess. Now I plan on taking lots of pictures to pass the time.
I am a physical therapist. However I've returned to school to take prerequisites for the medical school. I'll be applying to med schools in about a year and a half. Is anyone a MD or a DO here who can give me some pointers? Thanks
Another techie here! I'm a radar tech in the U.S. Navy. (Specifically, for the curious, I'm an AN/SPY-1D tech.) I've been in for 8.5 years, on two Destroyers, to the Mediterranian (sp?) once, and the Caribbean a lot. I'm now on "shore duty" in Great Lakes, IL, where I am basically an Admiral's photographer, which means I to a lot of PR stuff. I'm getting out in October, but hope to contract in this position since I have no relief, love the work, and need changes of pace...from being a tech, that is.
"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy." Hamlet: Act V scene 1, Wm. Shakespeare
So: I'm another techie type. My day job is copier, fax, enterprise printer technician. (BTW I service C@n0n products. ) I, also, am a theatre lighting technician. All community Theatre these days (that means I don't make any money doing it). I do lighting for three companies on a regular basis. Eight or ten shows a year.
I got this notion that photography might help me improve my lighting designs. Turns out, its the other way 'round!
I work in the motion picture industry as a bestboy grip, and am trying to move into production stills photography. What is a grip? (so many people ask ) Grips: -Cut, shape and controle light -Are responsible for movement of the camera -All rigging and hardware for camera and lighting
Pic included: I am on the set of Open Range and we are setting up for a camera crane shot using a Chapman Titan crane (myself in foreground and Rick my Key Grip looking on).