My name is Dwynn Lafleur, and my home is in the rural area near the little town of Sunset in Southern Louisiana. I am a former university professor, having spent 40 years teaching and performing research in physics. Upon retirement, I decided to learn a new hobby—photography. Thus, after spending all my adult life active in science, I am now attempting to learn a field closely related to art. It remains to be seen how this will turn out, for it certainly brings to mind the old adage about old dogs and new tricks.
Before 2011, what little photography I did consisted mostly of using point-and-shoot cameras for snapshots during sightseeing and family gatherings. I currently (2016) use a Canon EOS 7D DSLR and an Olympus E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera. My favorite lenses for the 7D are a Tamron 160-600mm telephoto lens for wildlife and a Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens for landscapes. If I am hiking far enough for those items to be too burdensome, I carry the E-M1 with two Olympus lenses, a 75-300mm telephoto lens and a 12-40mm wide angle and general purpose lens. This is all fairly decent equipment, so failures are undeniably due to operator error.
Many of my photographs are taken during day hikes when camping at state parks, national parks, or national forests. My wife Donnette, an avid birder and naturalist, usually chooses our travel destinations based on the likelihood of observing interesting birds, animals, flowers, and trees. I tag along on her explorations, photographing whatever subjects interest me and, at Donnette’s request, birds and flowers that interest her.
This blog chronicles some of my efforts at photography. Feel free to comment and criticize.