The hallmarks of my photography are the use of color and dramatic effect as much as possible. I try to use trees, branches, clouds, water or stray objects to enhance the photogenicity of the subject, whether it be a covered bridge, lighthouse, or landscape setting. The four most important technical characteristics of my prints are sharpness, focus, color and composition. To this end, I ALWAYS use velvia or provia 100F film and a tripod (graphite for lightness). The only exception is if I am taking an action shot, requiring sensia 400 or provia 400F film. I like the high color saturation of these films.
My artillery consists of Canon cameras (F1N, Elan 2e, EOS-3) and Canon FD and EF lenses, ranging from 17mm to 800mm. The use of the tripod also allows me to shoot at f-stops of f11 and f16, thus achieving the greatest depth of field in my photos. That tripod also allows me to study a picture and either put objects in or take them out of the picture. I also have recently added a Pentax 67 camera and and 6 lenses ranging from 45mm to 200mm to my arsenal. I have found that this camera is fantastic for landscape work. My most widely used filters are circular polarizers, enhancers, and neutral density filters. I am now learning about the wonders of graduated neutral density filters and how they can turn a poor photograhing situation into a good one.
Its funny, but I chuckle when I spot a great scene that I want to photograph and take 20 minutes to set up, while someone jumps out of a car with a point-and-shoot, takes a snap-shot, and hops back in his car in 10 seconds. I wonder who is proudest when they see the results?