I thought I'd start this thread where everyone can introduce themselves, tell something about what you are in real life, photography history, what interests you, whatever you want to say about yourself! As a reminder of Internet security keep details like street addresses and bank accounts out of it.
(see also http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=64774 which explains meaning of our usernames)
I'm a Finn, born in -60-something, living in Helsinki with a lovely lady on a house with patio and fireplace, near the sea. I am professional musician (been since 1985), and have played classical 5-string double bass with Finnish Radio Symphony orchestra since -89. You can see the instrument I play in http://www.photography-on-the.net/gallery/photo.php?photo=282
My first digital camera was Olympus C2000. Yep, Olympus. It was not a bad camera, but I needed something will less noise and hotshoe so I got Canon G1. It really kicked my creative senses. My G1 gallery got quite popular and one day I got this idea of my own Canon forum where we could talk about Canon digital cameras (I was fed up with attitude people had in dpreview). So I started the forum and it has been growing since. I'm really glad it has become the favourite place for many, and I intend to work hard keeping the site up and evolving. I have got wonderful people to help me with moderating and taking care of the forum, and with them and great members we have (I mean it) I think we may enjoy this community a long time.
Today I photograph with 1D Mark II and few nice lenses (85/1.2L, 70-200 f/2.8L IS, 50/1.4, 17-40L...). I have had Canon D30, D60 and 10D before it but one day I decided to jump out of the yearly upgrade routine and get something I could work with longer, continuously. I like to shoot mostly environmental portraits and PR-style documentary - music, people, events. Mostly "ISO 1600 stuff" - I usually avoid flash. I do not shoot daily - I shoot when I have a good reason to shoot and when it is fun - this approach has proven to be very productive. I want to keep photography as a dear hobby (which sometimes pays) and not kill the enthusiasm with too much work and worry. I believe that each halve of the brain and each sense needs to be worked out equally to build a balanced person.
I always shoot RAW (since G1), and use C1 Pro and currently Rawshooter Premium and Color Engine for conversion. I have a big PC with two Eizo LCD's for photo work and about 3000 Gigabytes of storage (I like to back up on several hard disks instead of just DVDs). On the road I back up to Nexto CF and LG LW20 laptop.
I also program with PHP and MySQL and design websites etc. My main interest is Exhibit Engine gallery application which builds my gallery http://www.photography-on-the.net/gallery/ which will get a big update hopefully before Chistmas (both EE and the gallery).
If you have any worries, problems, comments or suggestions about this forum, feel free to PM me!