About Admiring Light
I started Admiring Light as a way to discuss my point of view about photography with the world. Over the past 10 years, I have gained a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience with many different aspects of photography and have used a wide variety of gear, from the entry level to the top of the line. My hope is that Admiring Light stands as a trusted resource for photographers with regards to equipment, technique and vision.
The name of this blog, Admiring Light, came from the idea that as photographers, we strive to capture the light in front of us. The best images tend to come with the best light, and in really special circumstances, all you can do is sit back and admire the light. There is a beauty in this world that is sometimes lost in our everyday lives, and we need to remind ourselves to slow down and just take it all in.
About Jordan Steele
I grew up in northeast Ohio and went to college at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and shortly thereafter was commissioned as a 2LT in the United States Army. ROTC had paid for school, so I served for four and a half years on active duty as a transportation officer. The Army brought me to Germany in late 2002, and it was there that I found a passion for photography. I had used a compact film camera since I was in high school for random shots of family and friends, and I got my first digital camera, a fully automatic 2 megapixel brick, in 2001. While traveling in Europe I began to really work on my photos, and by 2003, I started getting serious about the craft. I began reading as much as I could about photography, and would take picture after picture to try new techniques out. In 2004, I got a new compact camera with manual controls that allowed me to further develop, and within 6 months I purchased my first digital SLR, a Canon EOS Digital Rebel.
Throughout the rest of my time in Europe, my photography continued to improve and improve, and I really began to view it as an art, an escape and a passion. I returned to the US in 2006. I currently work as an Electrical Engineer in Columbus, OH, and while I don’t get to travel like I did in Europe, I continued to work on my photography. While I eventually started shooting with full frame pro-grade DSLRs, in 2010, I started to feel really bogged down by the weight and bulk of my SLR kit and began the switch to the Micro 4/3 system of mirrorless Compact System Cameras. I now shoot entirely mirrorless, with the Fuji X system and Micro 4/3. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but the key point is that I enjoy photography a lot more without having to lug an extremely heavy bag around. Now, instead of worrying about my back, I can simply focus on the image.