Helllo from the San Franciso Bay Area

Discussion in 'Welcomes and introductions' started by Stephen S, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Stephen S

    Stephen S Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2014
    Hi Everyone,
    I just found this forum today. My name is Stephen Scharf and I'm a photographer from the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. I live in the area we refer to as the East Bay. While I'm relatively new to Micro 4/3s, I've been photographing for many years, and learned my craft using an Olympus OM-1, which I shot with until getting into digital in 2002.

    I'm a scientist by profession; my background is in human molecular genetics and molecular diagnostics. I work in the San Francisco Bay Area in California for one of the largest biotech companies in the world, and have extensive background in developing DNA based tests for diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Fragile X Syndrome, and Familial Hypercholesterolemia. The last five years or so I've been out of the lab, teaching and leading our scientiists in the VOC and Design for Six Sigma disciplines, to help them better and more effectively design biotech products that better meet our customer's needs with higher quality. I just recently rejoined an R&D group, the Human Identity Group, where we make DNA forensics and human identity products.

    I don't do photography for a living, but have worked for many years at a professional level. For the better part of the last 10 years, I was one of the official track photographers for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey and Sonoma (nee Infineon) Raceway in the Sonoma Valley. I covered all their pro motorsports events, and my work was used for marketing, advertising, web and editorial content. I've been published in a number of the Bay Area newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle and several other Northern California papers.

    My photographic interests are fairly wide-ranging from motorsports photojournalism to landscape, architecture, product and travel photography, and more recently, street photography.

    For my pro motorsports work, I shoot with a full-on Canon pro system and all that big white glass, but for anything outside of the trackside motorsports work, I really enjoy using my Fuji X and Olympus OM-D series cameras and lenses. For example, for all the racing event atmosphere shots, people, vendors, safety crews, "ambience", hospitality areas that my race track PR Director is always asking for, I find my wonderful little OM-D E-M5 to be a much better solution than carting my heavy Canon gear around. And the track PR group absolutely loves the image quality.

    I wll be posting my work and commenting here from time to time.

    Stephen Scharf aka Stephen S
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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Welcome aboard! I look forward to seeing your photos. :cool:
  3. Stephen S

    Stephen S Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 14, 2014
    Thanks, I will be posting some images later today.

  4. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Welcome, Stephen!


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