About Me - tamerghoneim


About Me


Hello! Thank you for visiting my site and for stopping by my "About Me" page. It's taken a little while for me to finally get this page going (and I'm positive it will continue to be a work in progress), but I wanted to finally share a little bit about myself and why I enjoy exploring our amazing planet with around 25 pounds of camera equipment strapped to my back!

The short version of how and why I got into photography is quite simply because I love it. I love the entire process - from thinking about and planning each photo trip, to spending time exploring the beautiful scenery of each location, and then finally creating prints and posting an image online.

Each photograph represents a unique and special experience to me - a moment or scene that took my breath away. I'm extremely honored to have the opportunity to share these wonderful moments with you.


My Photography Story


I've always had a passion for art, music, and all things creative. My journey into the world of photography was definitely not a direct one. The path I took started with a love of art and drawing (mostly comic book style superheroes), branched into music (playing and teaching guitar), then returned to visual arts in the form of a brief period of landscape painting. Somewhere in the middle of all of this fun, I also became an engineer which actually comes in handy with photography in helping to understand some of the more technical concepts and equipment. A few years after graduating, I received my first digital camera as a gift (a 2 megapixel - yes, two whole megapixel - Canon Elph). That little camera became my constant companion and helped me discover how much I love photographing landscapes, cities, and architecture.

In 2010, I made a personal commitment to follow my landscape photography dreams. Entirely self-taught, since then I've absorbed every bit of information that I could find on equipment, photographing techniques, and processing techniques. I've practiced (and learned from many, many, many mistakes), practiced more, traveled as much as I could, and have even faced a few fears along the way (general discomfort with heights + Grand Canyon + strong winds = harrowingly fun experience).

I've been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to visit some amazing places and meet some wonderful people on this adventure - two things that I'm very grateful for. It's been an extraordinarily fun, educational, and deeply rewarding journey so far and I'm excited about all of the new adventures ahead!

Taking photos (and trying to not fall off the cliff) at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

Gear


For anyone interested to know about the camera equipment I use, I've included below both my current gear and the original gear that I started with in 2010.

Original Gear

Current Gear

My initial gear setup below grew over a period of time as I identified what I would need and researched (lots and lots of research) the wide variety of great products that are available. I kept working and learning with this equipment for a little over two years.

As I continued to learn, I eventually grew out of the T2i (although it really was a great camera) and after more research decided to make the switch to the Nikon D800E when it was released. This is not a knock on Canon in any way, but the D800E had all of the features I was looking for in a landscape photography camera and I've been very, very happy with it so far. 

Camera:

- Canon Rebel T2i


Lenses:

- Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L USM

- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM


Tripod:

- Manfrotto 190XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod


Tripod Head:

- Manfrotto 498RC2 with Quick Release Plate

- Manfrotto 494 with Quick Release Plate


Camera Backpack:

- Lowepro Fastpack 250


Other Accessories:

- Canon Remote Switch RS60 E3 (Remote Shutter Release)

- B+W BWCPS 77mm Circular Polarizer Filter

Camera:

- Nikon D800E


Lenses:

- Nikon 16-35mm f/4G

- Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G

- Sigma 340306 35mm F1.4 DG HSM


Tripod:

- Manfrotto 190XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod

(This tripod has been all over the world with me and it's still going stong!)


Tripod Head:

- Manfrotto 496RC2 with Quick Release Plate

- Manfrotto 498RC2 with Quick Release Plate


Camera Backpack:

- Lowepro Fastpack 350


Other Accessories:

- RFN-4s Wireless Remote Shutter Release

- Singh-Ray Circular Polarizer Filter

Non-Photography Stuff...


Some random, non-photographic stuff about me:

- I play guitar and used to teach. I still play for fun whenever I can and and am currently also learning to play the ukulele.

- I love art and drawing. I grew up with comic books and was particularly mesmerized by the art that was packed into each of my favorite titles every month. I continue to be amazed by all of the incredibly talented artists out there - both traditional and digital. I hope to be able to get back into this more actively someday!

- I'm a chocoholoic. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as "too much chocolate" or desserts that are "too sweet."

- I'm a martial arts student at the wonderful Jade Mountain Martial Arts school in Katy, TX.

- I enjoy watching TED talks and I "collect" inspirational quotes (I write them down whenever I stumble upon them).

- I've recently discovered the charm and fun of writing with fountain pens.  

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