I became interested in photography when one of my aunts gave me a camera for Christmas when I was about 10 years old. It was plastic, and I loved it. These days, I shoot with a trio of Nikons, D100, D200, and D810 using an assortment of Nikkor lenses: an 18-55mm, 24-85mm, 70-300mm VR, f/2.8 60mm Macro, 16-35 F/4, and a Rokinon 24mm tilt-shift lens. I also use Tamron lenses: 24-70 F/2.8 VC, 70-200 F/2.8 VC, and a 150-600 F/5-6.3 VC. Other than several years in Ohio when I was a child, I have always lived in the Vanceboro area. But I have also been able to travel the world. Before retiring from my career as machinist/toolmaker at Cherry Point, I was fortunate to have several opportunities to visit Chicago, the West Coast, and Germany. I enjoyed taking pictures to bring back and share with my family. I also enjoy taking pictures of aircraft at air shows. Now that I am retired, I want to learn more about my equipment. And from what I have seen so far the Coastal Photo Club will challenge me with projects and give me interaction with people who have quite a bit of experience in the field of photography. I have experience to share, too: I like gadgets and tools. I have been blessed with a good mechanical aptitude and take care of most all of the projects at home that I can dream up—as well as the "honey do list" from my wife.