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Our Club Members - Tim Pia
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Tim’s first experience with photography was in summer grade school with a homemade pinhole camera.  His first acquaintance with a “modern day camera”  would be several years later in his junior year of high school back in the early 1980s with a manual Pentax K1000 35mm SLR along with 50mm normal and 135mm telephoto lenses.  The film for the class was  Kodak and Illford black and white and occasionally a roll of Kodak color print.  It was then that the true photo bug hit since the class would go on various field trips and have assignments and themes to complete, allowing him to apply his newfound knowledge and theory of the subject.  After high school graduation shortly  thereafter, Tim acquired a 2nd hand Canon A-1 FD system body with MA motor drive and 50mm f/1.8 lens that he used off and on along with borrowing his best friend’s FD arsenal throughout the mid eighties and nineties.  Most of those years  were spent getting through a long and drawn out college education that finally came to an end with a degree in pharmacy.  When the new millennium hit, Canon FD equipment really came down significantly in price because of the digital scene became more prominent., allowing him to finally get a set of his own FD equipment for a fraction of what it originally cost.  Now that college was over, more free time could devote more time to photography and music, his two favorite hobbies.   


It wasn’t until  May of 2008 that his wife surprised him for his birthday and got him a new Canon EOS 40D SLR and 17-85mm IS zoom—his first digital camera.   What an upgrade, to say the least, from the manual focus Canon FD system.  It’s amazing how new equipment can inspire one to renew their interest in something they’ve always loved.  The transition from his film to digital equipment has taken some time and research on the subject,  but the rewards have been well worth it.  While he believes digital photography is wonderful, Tim continues to shoot with his film equipment on occasion (i.e. landscapes) until film becomes no longer available. There’s something about film that has yet to be completely duplicated with the latest electronic technology.   Now with the new local Photo Club of Davis, there’s much more inspiration and learning to come, meeting new photo enthusiasts and  discussing this marvelous art form.


Tim works as a community pharmacist in Davis by day and uses his free time dabbling with his hobbies of photography and music . Tim’s  primary photo interests are landscape/nature, architecture, macro, as well as occasional event and portrait photography.


Equipment used:

Canon EOS system—Canon 40D camera bodies, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS f/4-5.6,

EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 70-200mm IS f/4 L, EF 100mm f/2.8 macro, 1.4xII Teleconverter,  Speedlite 430EX flash unit, expodisc white balance filter.


Canon FD system—Canon A1, T70, AE1 Program camera bodies, Canon  20mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 70-210mm f/4, Tokina 28-85 f/3.5-4.5 ATX, Vivitar 2X Macrofussing Teleconverter,  SUNPAK auto 433D flash unit.


Supports—Manfrotto 3021B Pro Tripod Legs, 804RC2 Head w/RC2 Plate, 488RC2 Midi Ball Head w/RC2 Plate, 681B Heavy Duty Pro Monopod


Canon PixmaPro 9000 Photo Printer