Hi, I'm Pat.
I live outside Atlanta, GA, USA.
Way back when I was in high school, I used a borrowed a friend's film SLR camera to take photos for the yearbook staff (mainly covering high school sports). Then I didn't touch a camera for about a decade, I just wasn't keen on that stereotype of being seen as an Asian dude with a camera (I know, just my hang-up).
Then I got back into using disposable film cameras just to snap some shots at San Diego Comicon way back in 1997. Then I bought a film camera, just a point-n-shoot model, and used that for a local pop-cultural sci-fi/TV/movies/books convention (Dragon*Con) for a few years. Then affordable, small, digital cameras came out, and I took the plunge with many Canon powershot models (S1, S2, and S5) in the 2000s decade, and also the A-series, where I pickd up the A610.
A few years ago, my home was burglarized over a Christmas break, and most of my cameras were stolen, so I basically had to start from scratch (though I had 1 camera on me, so I still had my A610, and they left behind my S2). So, I decided to take the plunge into dSLR with baby steps, and picked up a XSi with the slow-ish 18-55 IS kit lens, and the slow-ish, longer range 55-250 IS lens, but didn't like the kit lens, so I picked up the 17-55 F2.8 IS lens. I got some use out of that set-up at a few conventions, but I wasn't happy with the ISO performance with the XSI, so I looked for my next camera body upgrade.
During my camera search, I heard about the Canon Loyalty program last year, and traded in that left-behind S2 for a refurbed 5DMKII, and went through the agony of deciding between the 24-70 F2.8 vs. 24-105 F4 IS, and finally decided on the 24-70 lens for my walk-about (and my neck has been cursing me ever since). Been using that combo for about 7-8 months now at a few more conventions (I'm into cosplay photography). Added a 85 F1.8 for portraits picked up a 70-200 F4 IS lens for long range. Now I'm looking at the 50 F1.4 and the 17-40 F4 (for wide angle), and my search for those 2 lenses landed me here in the POTN classifieds, and then I looked around, and being around so many Canonites made it feel pretty comfortable, so I registered, and just blabbed my life with photography to you all. Flickr user name is "patcave".
I still need to get in the habit of shooting in RAW, and learn about post-processing. But I'm not as into the post-processing side (mainly due to the the large amount of photos I take over a convention weekend, which makes it tough to do anything other than just crop and clean-up/tune-up the photos with Lightroom at the moment). Hope to learn from y'all, and if I can help, I'll try to offer my 2 bits, but I suspect I'll be soaking up as much knowledge as I can.