I get asked about the equipment I use fairly often, so I put together a general list of all the important stuff in my tool box/bag.  Yes, I call them tools because that is exactly what they are.  Just like any other artistic device, they are made with a specific purpose in mind.

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Camera & Lenses

I started out with a Nikon D80 and the kit lens that came with it, a 18-135 mm, and since then I have pretty much stuck with Nikon.  Although now I mostly use my Nikon D7100 and D500.  With the latter, I also use the additional MB-D17 battery grip, this makes it feel quite large, so this option may not be for everyone.  The glass I use is usually made by Tamron, so here I have highlighted the ones I use most often.

  • Tamron 18-400 mm – A good general purpose lens, I got this one as a replacement for my (now retired) Nikon 70-300 which came to me slightly used by the “Dean of Alligator Wrestling” himself, Time Williams.  The Tamron has worked out surprisingly well, and I have come to rely on it quite a bit.  You can read more about how I’ve been using it in Tamron’s eNewsletter here.
  • Tamron 150-600 – This lens works well for wildlife photography, but has also been a great work horse for me with aviation as well.  Again, you can read a bit more about that here on the Tamron website.
  • Tamron 15-30 – When Tamron first gave me this lens, I admit that I was a bit skeptical.  But it has definitely grown on me, and has actually become one of my favorite lenses.  It’s spectacularly sharp, handles well, and has yet to disappoint me.
  • Tamron 35mm  – A fun, sharp lens, this is the one I use combined with my ND filters for longs exposures.
American Alligator – Nikon D7100 & Tamron 18-400 mm.

Extra Gear


Seneca Creek Falls, WV – Nikon D7100 & Tamron 35 mm. prime & Lee Filters Big Stopper & Manfrotto tripod with XPRO gear head

Outdoor Supplies

  • Cleaning Cloth  – There a number of little things that are of great use when I am out and about.  Not the least of which are my cleaning clothes.
  • Solar Battery Back Up – For when I’m not anywhere near an outlet.
  • Garmin GPS Unit – I really, really, really, don’t like getting lost!
  • Water Pack – I went through dehydration once, it’s not fun.  Seriously, drink lots of water!

Post Production

  • Macbook Pro – I’m not fancy.  I do my editing on 13″ laptop at the moment.
  • Adobe Photoshop – There are a great many options available, and eventually I will learn some of them.  But right now I just use what I am comfortable with.
  • Topaz Labs Plugins – Topaz Labs has a variety of Photoshop plugins, I use for various projects as needed.