|NPN Staff Profile - Eva McDermott|
|Earth, Sea & Sky Gallery Moderator|
Photography has been my hobby - my passion for over 35 years. My photographic journey began when I was a teenager when I bought my first camera, a 35mm Minolta range finder with the money I earned from a summer job. My passion really took hold when I was in college after taking a variety of photography courses in the chemistry, physics, and art. I grew up 5 miles (as the crow flies) from NYC, NY in New Jersey so much of my initial work was cityscapes. Having grown up in the urban landscape, I longed to spend more time in less crowded, natural spaces. I developed a love for the outdoors and spent a lot of time hiking in the Catskills and Adirondacks in NY and White Mountains of NH.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980's, I started to travel to places I dreamed about visiting - Alaska, Desert SW, Pacific NW, Northern California, Colorado, and Hawaii. More recently, I have been traveling back to these same places and many new ones, taking my husband and 2 sons along so they can experience and enjoy the natural beauty of these places. I love to travel for the sake of taking photographs. My favorite places are Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (home of my heart) and mid coast Maine (our second home). I have never traveled outside of the US or Canada but hope to visit places like Iceland, Ireland, and Scotland someday.
I specialize in seascapes, landscapes, and nature abstracts. Using a variety of tools (polarizers and graduated neutral density filters) to improve tonal range of my digital images, I shoot all my images in RAW format and use Lightroom and Photoshop for basic editing. About 5 years ago I made the switch from film (35mm, medium format, and 4×5) to digital. For many years, I printed my B&W and color images in my own darkroom from negatives and transparencies taken with my Olympus OM-1, OM-2, OM4, Mamiya 645, or Cambo 45NXII. While I took some digital photographs with a Nikon 990 since 2000, I bought my first DSLR about 5 years ago – a Canon 20D with various EF and EF-S lenses. I now use a Canon 5DMarkII with Canon EF-L lenses.
To support my habit and my family, I work as a materials scientist for an electronics company in Massachusetts developing electronic packaging materials and processes for cutting edge power converters. In my spare time I usually have a camera in hand or I am at my computer working on my images. I have found NPN to be a great place to learn and improve my photographic skills.
You can view my work at www.evamcdermottphotography.com and I hope you enjoy my photographic vision.
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