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For those of you who don’t know me (and if you are here, then there is a good chance you do), my name is Dave DiCello, and I am an amateur photographer living just south of Pittsburgh, PA. I’ve always had an interest in photography, dating back to when I was 7 and in the first grade. I was the only one in my whole class who could bring a camera in during the last days of school. I can’t even remember what it was, but it had the big disposable flashes that you would stick on the top!
As I progressed through high school and college, I always seemed to have a little point and shoot in my pocket, and I have had every brand: Kodak, Pentax, Casio, Olympus and Canon. I’d take hundreds of pictures every week, but never did much with them other than print them out and put on my wall.
One day a few years ago I was browsing some picture websites and stumbled upon Trey Ratcliff’s HDRs and my photography world changed forever! I started researching dSLRs and settled on the Nikon D40x, which I am still using today. I started out hauling my camera to family gatherings, made a few trips hear and there, trying to figure out exactly what I was good at with this thing. Once I got going into HDRs, I knew I had found it!
I started out just of my neighborhood, my tequila collection and my car, and it seemed like I was seeing the world through a whole new perspective. Every scene I saw, on the way to work, on a walk with my fiance, just out and about, I thought “Man, I bet I could make this look AWESOME with HDR!” So I did.
My camera and tripod started coming with me to the mall, to work, to the store, Pittsburgh Penguin games, anywhere and everywhere. I joined flickr in late 2008, and pretty soon the ideas were just FLYING in, and my growth started to increase exponentially. Being on there really opened my eyes to so many different types of photography, and helped me to see what I was doing right and wrong in terms of my HDRs.
In September of 2009 I got my first paid photography job: photographing the wedding reception of one of my friends. It was at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, and while they got married in Hawaii, they had a separate reception here. A thousand pictures and an album later, they couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. This got me thinking that I wanted to get a bit more serious about my photography. While my day job as a financial analyst for a major scientific supplies distributor certainly pays the bills, photography is slowly becoming more of a part of my life.
I started to really hone in on my processing in early 2010. I was always happy with my pictures before that, but they didn’t really have the professional, high quality feel that so many HDR photographers had. I was also getting a bit more creative with my compositions, not simply setting up the tripod and snapping away, but really thinking about, “Ok, what am I trying to capture here?” I found that I was fast outgrowing my D40X, so I decided to make the plunge in July of 2010 to a full frame.
I actually debated going with the Canon Mark IV for the HD movie mode, but its ability to only bracket three shots was kind of a deal breaker. So I decided to go with the Nikon D700 with then lenses being a 70-200 f2.8, 16-35 f4 and 50mm f1.4. Man was I in heaven! Autobracketing, no noise at ISO 1600, wide angle goodness, I had it all now!
One of the first shots I took with the D700 was of the new home of the Penuins, the CONSOL Energy Center. This photo ended up being my first published shot, showing up along with another one of my images in the Pittsburgh Magazine. I was also contacted to use one of my shots from Hoboken in a publication for the city of Hoboken, as well as various websites. With all of this gong on, I decided there was one more thing that I needed. A website.
In January of 2011 I launched HDR Exposed, and it is still a work in progress, but so far, I am seeing tremendous benefit from it. I am going to focus this year on booking wedding, senior portraits and other photo sessions, and really make a name for myself in the Pittsburgh area for photography.
That’s about it for now, thank you so much for stopping by everyone!
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