I bought my first digital SLR in January 2004. While the 300D (called "Digital Rebel" in the US) was a nice beginners camera, I soon outgrew it and as soon as I could justify the expense, I started upgrading to Canon's professional line of cameras and lenses. While my initial focus was on landscape photography, gradually changed to sports, which tends to require fast cameras and lenses to capture peak action (often in low light). I'm currently on my fourth pro-level camera, an 1DX Mark II.
I retired from competitive track&field in January 2006. Photography turned into a secondary job a month later, when I started working as a freelance sports photographer for Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg's largest daily newspaper. Since then I've shot over twelve hundred (1200!) assignments for them. Since only a part of the photos I submit end up getting used, even factoring in both print and online use; I'm posting all my sports pictures on my personal sports photography website (photo.lu) too, to give them a bit of a second life.
From 2004 to 2009, I traveled to the United States whenever I could get time off work, usually about four weeks per year. My travels were very much focused on photography, and I was often car-camping to get as near as possible to scenic locations in the deserts and mountains of the American Southwest. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to keep up this kind of dedication in subsequent years.
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