Hello fellow photographers,
Just wanted to introduce myself and share a few of my photos with you so you know what I'm about. My name is Jana (Yana), I became addicted to photography around 2005 and I'm shocked that I haven't stopped since. I've definitely invested a LOT into this "hobby".
I'm loving the fact that SmugMug allows me to share photos at their best viewing quality, because that's something that matters to me personally. I'm also glad to see that it's not just a portfolio place, but also a member community! I hope it keeps growing. I spent a lot of time on flickr sharing my photography and frequenting the Nikon forums, but lately I've been feeling turned off by the image quality and lack of control over protecting, sharing and selling my photos. Now that SmugMug owns flickr, I wonder how or if anything will change. I still visit it on occasion for the discussion.
I'm a big fan of wildlife photography, though in the last couple of years I really branched out into shooting paragliding and hang gliding on a regular basis as well. Birds get most of my attention since I live near the coast and have plenty of different species to photograph in the wetlands, but whenever I have the opportunity to see big mammals like wild horses or elk, I definitely take it. Animals have no expectations and no scheduling issues, so there's no pressure, which is something I definitely look for in a hobby!
If it matters to some of you, I shoot with a Nikon D500 and D750 at this time, but have also used a D600, D610 (which I still own), D3, D800, D7000, D40X, Canon Rebel and an old 3 megapixel Toshiba. I've shot film before that and I do own a film camera, but I'm an instant gratification kind of shooter, so digital is my preferred format.
I tried to pick the photos I like most, but that's hard to do as I see none of them as "really, really good" or "the best". There's always room for improvement!