About the Photographer
Hi, my name is Dean Richard Pettit and I have lived in Central Florida in Brevard County since the fall of 1967. I developed an interest in Photography at about age 13 while living in Satellite Beach and have been shooting off and on again ever since. When I moved to Titusville as a young adult in 1982 I soon realized that the area was a wildlife photographer's and outdoor lover's paradise due to the close proximity of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Canaveral National Seashore, properties owned and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, the St. Johns River Water Management District, and Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department. Plus our Indian River Lagoon, the most biologically Diverse Estuary in North America. I started shooting with an old Miranda Single Lense Reflex, then a Nikon F, which did not do very well after flipping the canoe pictured at left in salt water, then a Nikon model FE which I still own as a paperweight. Today I am shooting a 10.2 megapixel Nikon model D200 digital, which I love because it works with the older lenses I shot with the Nikon FE. In fact as of this writing in March of 2010 they are still the only lenses I own and are all fixed focal length manual focus lenses. They are as follows; Nikkor 28mm F2.8 wide angle, Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 "normal" lense, a 105mm F2.8 Micro, and a 180mm F2.8 telephoto.