Jeff Sagar Photography
My uncle Clark sparked my interest in photography when I was 10 or 11 years old by letting me borrow his camera, an Argus C3 35mm range finder type for a few shots at a family reunion. I couldn’t wait to get my pictures developed, and after seeing the Kodachrome slides I had taken on my uncle’s projector…WOW, I was hooked! I mowed a lot of lawns that summer and saved enough money to buy my own 35mm camera and have had one ever since. In high school, I joined the yearbook staff as a photographer and had a great time photographing sports, people, and all the various school events. Using the school’s darkroom I learned to develop black and white film negatives and print them to save the school money. I even developed my own negatives at home turning the bathroom into a makeshift darkroom by stuffing towels under the door to make it completely dark. Over the years I’ve always been the person with the camera, and have amassed thousands of pictures of kids, family, friends, sports, vacations, nature, and just about anything that I could point my camera at.
Although I have always enjoyed photography, it wasn’t until I switched from film based photography to digital in 2006 that I really felt a passion for capturing fine nature and landscape images. As an Information Technology professional, digital photography created a “perfect marriage” between photography and my “work – a – day” world of computer hardware, software, and the internet. With digital I can experiment freely without worrying about the cost of film and development, see the results instantly, and make adjustments to the shot in the field if necessary. I can control the whole process from capture to the final print, and I feel all of this has made me a much better photographer.
What I love about photography is that it’s this beautiful melding of something fairly technical and scientific that also engages the artistic part of me. My landscape and nature photography very much allows me to express that part of me. For me, photography is really about the journey – the whole experience of getting there, the sights, the sounds, the “feeling” of it.
As Photographers, we have an incredible choice of photographic equipment today with many manufacturers offering excellent price, performance, and quality. Among the best manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon and Sony, image quality and performance is virtually indistinguishable so it is really a matter of personal choice as to what “system” you buy. Personally, I photograph with Canon cameras and lenses because they give me the superior image quality and performance I expect. I believe the Canon EOS Camera System is the most complete system in the world offering the widest range of camera bodies, lenses (over 60), and accessories of any camera manufacturer today. My current equipment is:
- Canon EOS 630 SLR – Film body
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR – 22.3 megapixel full frame sensor
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM
- Canon EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro
- Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM
- Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM
- Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
- Canon Extender EF 2x II
- Canon EF II 12 & 25mm Extension Tubes
Tripod | Head | Printer | Filters | Other Accessories:
- Gitzo GT3530 LSV Carbon Fiber Tripod
- Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead
- Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Printer
- Canon 600EX-RT Flash, with ST-E3-RT transmitter
- Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
- Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS
- B + W Kaseman Circular Polarizing filer
- Lee 1, 2, and 3 stop 4″ X 6″ soft graduated neutral density filters, “Big Stopper” 10-stop filter
Computers and Software:
I have custom built all my computers, and am currently running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on an Intel i7 2600K processor with 16GB of memory. For photography, all my post processing is done in Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 with any special processing done in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. I also use the Google/Nik Software Suite.