I've have been an analyst and database programmer most of my professional life and started getting serious about photography in August, 2010, when I retired. There was a definite need on my part to express all the creativity that had been suppressed by work situations. My husband is a good photographer, so I joined him in this hobby.
I have the greatest admiration for photographers who use in-camera creativity, usually by homing in on the detail of a lovely object. So besides composites, I work at improving my photographers creative eye, and use a Canon 7D. I work mostly with PS CC, Google (formerly NIK) and Topaz plugins. They are wonderful tools to make time vanish!
My favorite artist is Salvador Dali, and my goal is to create photographic art in that type of style. However, I never like to restrict my appreciation or indulgence in other creative forms. I prefer to add creative aspects to my photos, including textures, composites, distortions, macro, anything that works, without constraints. Some in-camera images stand alone, without much development. I love to create those, as well as experiment with in-camera creative images, e.g., multiple exposures.
We live a few miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, near the Waccamaw River, where it is part of the Eastern seaboard Intercoastal. This area is so full of photographic opportunities, from historical places, woods, mountains, wildlife, and of course, the ocean. We love it, especially when the tourists are gone! The cooler months here belong to us residents, as do the wide, uncluttered beaches!