Snowshoeing at Eagle River Nature Center in Alaska

Greetings! My name is Ronnie Sherard and I am the photographer behind Frosted Birch Photography! I have been involved with photography since 2000 with the purchase of a Hewlett-Packard (HP) PhotoSmart 315 point and shoot camera. I really loved the camera since it was all digital and I could look at my pictures immediately instead of waiting for the photos to be developed. It wasn’t really that fancy of a camera, but it began a passion that has continued for the past 17 years.

I used my HP camera to take pictures on vacations, around our home in Illinois, and during our time living in Japan. It used two AA batteries and was one of the top point and shoot cameras at the time. The compact flash card I had for it was a staggering 8MB in size, which was very large at the time. It was a fun camera to use and fit well in a small bag.

I bought my first SLR camera when we returned from Japan in 2005, a Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel. It had been on the market for several years (a friend in Japan owned one) and, when the prices dropped, I jumped at the chance to pick one up and get more into serious photography. I had an 18-55mm kit lens and a Quantaray 70-300mm zoom lens for the Canon. Both lenses were excellent and provide a great range for photography. The 300D was the camera which made me fall in love with landscape photography.

HP PhotoSmart 315 photo taken in June 2001

I dabbled around with my 300D for several years until about 2011 or 2012. Life became busy and photography took a backseat to things for a while. I would occasionally break out the camera for shots here or there and some family photos we would take but, for the most part, I was not actively taking photographs. In fact, from 2017 until the fall of 2020, I had not taken any photos with it.

When we arrived in Alaska, I began to want to start capturing landscapes once again. I took a few photos with my 300D, but I was wanting to upgrade into newer technology and better resolution. After looking at several cameras, the price ranges, and weighing the features, I decided to purchase a Sony Alpha a6400. I was on the fence between purchasing a full frame camera and the APS-C cropped sensor the a6400 offered. Since I had been out of photography for a while, I decided the a6400 matched the price I wanted to pay. It has been a great camera so far and I am so glad I got back into the world of photography. And, I am happy to be doing it with a Sony!