BOB HOLTSMAN: My love of photography started in 1978 when I inherited my grandfather’s rangefinder camera. The Lordomat was all manual so I had to learn about aperture and shutter speed and light metering long before YouTube and the internet. The staff at Carefree Camera in Market Mall were a huge help and patiently answered all my questions. That early knowledge proved useful as my hobby evolved.
In 1984, my wife and I received a Pentax Super Program SLR for a wedding present. I loved that camera, and although there were automatic settings, I never lost my desire to shoot manual. We enjoyed many happy years of SLR film photography and captured lots of wonderful trips and family memories as our children grew up.
I was an avid triathlete and marathon runner from 1986-1998. My wife captured lots of great race day images with our Pentax. When injuries forced me to stop running in 1998, I became the unofficial photographer for local triathlons and multi-sport events – that’s when I found my true calling. I loved sports photography, I took every opportunity to hone my skills.
With the advent of digital photography, I was drawn to the simplicity of automatic point-and-shoot cameras and the efficiency of shooting, viewing, sharing and printing from home. I shot several multi-sport events with that camera but it wasn’t long before I realized that point-and-shoot wasn’t going to cut it for sports photography. In 2011, I invested in a Canon Rebel XSi and a Sigma 18-250 “holiday” lens. I shot lots of great events with that setup. Images from that camera still reside on my website.
I was quickly bitten by the gear bug. My closet is now full of awesome professional Canon gear, including my workhorse Canon 5D3 and Canon 70-200 f2.8L, which provide me with the tools to capture some really solid sport, lifestyle and event imagery.
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