Monday, 29th February 2016
by David Swindler
Silhouette of Sandhill Cranes flying in to roost for the evening. Since it was getting dark, I had to bump the ISO to 1600 and use f4.0 @ 500mm for this shot at Bosque del Apache in New Mexico.
Equipment: Canon 7D II, Canon 500mm f4 II
My name is David Swindler and I'm an outdoor photography and travel enthusiast. After working for 10 years as a semiconductor engineer, I quit my job to follow my true passion. I'm now leading guided photography tours. I primarily do private tours in the Southwest from my base in Kanab, UT.
My foray into photography was slow and steady. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and started work as a Process Engineer for Micron Technology. My specialty was photolithography, a high-tech process of nano-scale printing to form tiny circuitry on silicon chips. As I worked with the optics and exposure equipment, I began to see many parallels with photography. Thus, photography came very easy to me since I had a good background with the basic physics. When not at work, I loved to explore the great outdoors and I wanted to share this natural beauty with others. I also enjoy teaching others how to improve their photography and there's no better way to do it than practicing the techniques out in the field.