Photography is both a hobby and a major aspect of my career. Professionally, I am a microscopist and technical director for the Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy core at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where I teach a wide array of advanced light microscopy techniques to academic researchers.
I kind of fell bass ackwards into photography. Just before my senior year at the University of Maine, I spent a month studying herpetology in Central America. It was a magical experience and I took pictures of everything. Soon after my return, I started taking pictures for our campus newspaper - cleverly titled 'The Maine Campus'. Not surprisingly, I wasn't very good but the publication had only a single darkroom for all the staff photographers so getting published was a direct result of how quickly you could turn photos around.
My academic advisor, Dr. Seth Tyler, ran an electron microscope facility that had a darkroom he graciously permitted me to use as I needed. At the same time, he also encouraged me to take a graduate course in electron microscopy which really sparked my interest in the small world. The rest, they say, is my history.
In my spare time, I have built a light microscope that attaches to a digital SLR and allows me to image from 5-20X (objective magnification) in either reflected light and/or fluorescence. This is great for taking high resolution images of all the little critters my daughters catch! Below you will find a few images of this rig.