Richard C. Drew
Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA
I've been involved in pano photography for over 25 years, originally shooting film and manually assembling the prints. My first quality digital camera was the Kodak DC-260 in 1999. I then switched to a Nikon Coolpix 995, and a couple of years later a CoolPix 8500 - plus assorted lenses, tripods and tripod heads. In 2006 I picked up my first DSLR - a Canon 20D. There's no looking back!
My current equipment: Two Canon DSLR's - A 5D MK III and a 7D (upgraded from a 40D in July 2010), Sigma Fisheye (upgraded to the f/3.5 in Oct. 2008), various Canon lenses, assorted tripods, a Nodal Ninja R1 and R10, a few Manfrotto ball heads, and others. A dozen different flash units (remote, studio and on assorted brackets) plus a bunch of misc. clamps, supports, umbrellas, reflectors, brackets - the usual collection!
I also have a couple of different specialty monopods I constructed for ground level (1 inch off the ground - I used this for wwp606: Gardens) and elevated shots (25 feet up). My favorite is a modified Ski pole - I use it as a monopod on the slopes.
I capture panos whenever the mood strikes, often at job sites,on or near Lake Michigan, or events (community and family). My specialty is creating website content for personal and professional use.
The winter months are my favorite, when I can shoot on the snow covered bumps - wide angle (usually 4-12 shots), equirectangular panos, and ski racing photos.
A also work with a friend (Jason Wessler) on underwater panoramic images (shot while SCUBA diving) of Lake Michigan shipwrecks and popular Midwest dive locations. It's an ongoing project we expect to take several years to complete - you can follow our progress at DigitalDivemaster.com