About Me

A not so quick  introduction and synopsis of me:

I’m a husband, father, cancer survivor and 38 years old.

I live in the great state of Utah in the United States of America. I’ve worked at my job for an employee recognition company for 17 yrs (great job – little pay) and I have many hobbies and interests including Family time, Photography, Astronomy, Model Rocketry, Drawing, Reading, Writing, Computers, Photoshop, watching great movies, laughing at anything funny, and I’m probably one of the most laid back kinda guys you’ll ever meet. I have a natural tendency to let things slide off my back, so comment all you want, I might get offended but not for long (of course I can always just delete and ban you but we’re all civilized here aren’t we?!) and I’m excited to enter into this stage of my photography where I have the ability to put into practice all the wonderful things I’ve learned about photography over the last ~4 years and to share it with you.

Please take the time to read my posts and leave a comment when you can, and/or follow me on twitter, and/or Google plus and do the same there.

Thanks for your time.


email me at: sumoetx@gmail.com


7 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Woody Bentley said:

    Hi Howard. My name is Woody and I live in Newport News Virginia. I’m in the Air Force and retire in two months. I’ve been into photography off and on for a long time…I’m 45. I love HDR and think you have a real talent, and love your pictures. I’m getting started in HDR. The reason I’m writing you is to see if I can enlist some advice from you. Now, keep in mind, my main goal is HDR, but I like normal photography as well.

    I’m looking at two possible solutions. Either a Canon s95 (for ease of carrying) or the new Sony a77 DSLR (for picture quality). I’m also looking at the Canon s100, but it hasn’t been ported in CHDK since it is so new. I love the idea of the size of the powershot and I could always have it with me, but the IQ and power of a DSLR beckons me as well. I saw where you used a CHDK ported compact, then your pictures show you now use a D7000. Since you have experience with both formats using HDR, what advice could you give me?

    Thanks so much,

  2. Howard, I’d really love to read some detailed information about exactly how you capture your HDR photos with the D7000. I recently upgraded from a D70. Can you post some steps as to exactly what you’re doing to capture HDR photos with the D7000?


    • Steve,
      Thanks for stopping by my blog. For capturing HDR’s I use one of two methods, the basic 3 shot in camera AEB offered by the D7000, or I’ll use the Promote Control Which one I use depends on the situation/time/convenience etc.
      For the in camera AEB I’ll simply set the brackets to 3 brackets (press the BKT button on the left side and scroll until you see 3) at +-2EV and I shoot on Continuous High mode with a remote release. It’s wicked fast and whenever I’m doing a handheld HDR that’s what I use.
      When I use the Promote Control I plug it in (two cables-the USB cable from Promote Control to Camera, and a shutter release cable which will speed up the shots but it’s not necessary) I generally will shoot either 7,9, or 11 brackets set at a 1 EV spacing, I have it set to shoot from the shortest exposure to the longest, so my bracket sequences are easy to find while in Bridge/Lightroom etc. I start by getting a meter reading while in Aperture priority mode then I switch to manual and dial that exposure in it’s my “middle” exposure unless I think the camera got it wrong then I’ll dial up or down a stop or more depending on how off I think the camera was. Then I enter that shutter speed into the Promote Control and enter “start” and the camera shoots the brackets.
      It’s all pretty simple but annoying having to pull out the controller and plug it in. Nikon should allow more range in its AEB but fopr some stupid misguided supposed marketing reason has allowed that in its top tier cameras only – don’t get me started on that topic it’s a very sore spot for me…
      I hope that helps! If not please keep asking away until I get it right, or you get tired of me.

  3. Jim Whittle Maryville Tn.. foot of the Smoky Mts. said:

    Howard, I just found your site. I really like what you are doing. In fact , I am going over to the mts today and try your technique. Thanks for your work.
    Captain Jim

  4. HI Howard,

    I’ve followed your site for awhile, this is the first time commenting. I love your photos, love the tonemapping. I can’t wait, myself, to have a chance to get to Salt Lake City and take some HDR photos of the temple – I think that temples were made for the format.

    I’m curious, what extension tubes do you use, and what are your pros and cons to using them?


    • Hi Steve! First off I want to thank you for following the blog and for your very kind words! I’d love to see your HDR’s once you’re able to shoot them, as for the extension tubes I use the Zeikos Macro extension tube set

      Pro’s: Cheap! Lightweight but very sturdy! Electrical contacts allow use of Aperture Priority mode etc, It has a focusing screw for “D” lenses as well ie: 50mm f/1.8D will autofocus using these on my D7000
      Separate sections allow a wide range of options for closeups/field of view, pair it with another set and there are even more options and you get super closeup. Did I mention they’re cheap?? 🙂

      Con’s: They’re not a dedicated Macro lens! Focusing distance can be quite short especially with all 3 (or more) tubes connected together, I guess it depends on which lens you are using I’ve only used it on the 50mm and a 70-300mm I definitely prefer the 50mm as the zoom gets very dark which is another con – light fall off requires you have good lighting either natural or flash although this seems to be pretty easily worked around even my snowflakes only used two flashes and I shot them in a dark garage at night.

      I highly recommend them for anyone wanting to try Macro as it’s the best bang for your $$ as long as you have a good prime lens to use them on, I’m waiting for an 85mm f/1.8G so I can see how well they work on that as it should give me more focusing distance so I can shoot insects etc without scaring them away as easily.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions and definitely share any pictures you get!

      Thanks again!

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