My name is Debbi, and  live in northwestern New Jersey, surrounded by farms and forests, but less than 1.5 hours from NYC. In 2009, while recovering from surgery for a brain tumor, I rediscovered my love of photography.  I treated myself to a Nikon D90 and started taking pictures again. &n Read more...

My name is Debbi, and  live in northwestern New Jersey, surrounded by farms and forests, but less than 1.5 hours from NYC. In 2009, while recovering from surgery for a brain tumor, I rediscovered my love of photography.  I treated myself to a Nikon D90 and started taking pictures again.  Most of them end up in the "deleted" file, but sometimes I get exactly what I envisioned and it feels like magic!

I spent six months in Florida (winter 2014/15) for reasons too complex to get into here - it was a magical time, though, and allowed me to really improve knowledge of shore and wading birds.  Hubs and I moved back to NJ April 1, 2015 and have settled back into the house that we had built in 2001 - nice to be home!

In 2013, I went full-frame with a brand new Nikon D600.  I've bought and sold a number of lenses but now have a stable of 4 that I like quite well - a Nikon 28-300, a Nikon 105 Macro, and Nikon 55 f/2.8, and a Tamron 200-500 (aka "Big Daddy").  I also have a little bridge camera, a Nikon Coolpix p510 that I use for candid shots or when I don't want to lug around a bunch of gear.

What I've learned about myself is that I love nature so most of my shots are of birds, bugs and things outside.  My hubby and I are owned by two cats, so you will occasionally see them here, when they deign to be photographed!  I also like experimenting with the occasional street scene when I'm in NYC, as well as the odd landscape.   I am learning as I go, so always welcome suggestions and tips!