Who's Tom Lizard?

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  Tom Lizard

Thomas Maassen

Burnaby BC

My name is Thomas Maassen, I live with my family in Burnaby in the Greater Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada. In the beginning of 2013 I finished my PhD in solid state physics / nano physics with the topic "Elektron Spin Transport in Graphene-Based Devices" at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. You can find more on my research here.

In 2013 I was working for a bit more than half a year at an LED startup (Cooledge Lighting).

In January 2014 I started working at the Fuel Cell Division of Mercedes-Benz Canada. Until the end of 2018 my main focus here was measurement technology including vision systems, automatic measurement systems and sensors and the resulting data preparation and analysis. My work on measurement technology culminated in a patent application for a new measurement process.
In the beginning of 2019 I started working on process research and development. I am leading a project to develop a new bonding method for fuel cell components with the potential to drastically improve the life time of the cells (patent pending, published online in three different versions: 1, 2, 3)).
In summer 2020 the company was renamed to Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Canada, Inc. and became part of Daimler Truck AG. In March 2021 the company name was changed again to cellcentric Fuel Cell Canada, Inc. and is since part of a new joint venture of Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group. The primary location of the joint venture can be found in Germany under the name cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG.

I grew up in Germany where I began taking pictures with my Canon Powershot A70 in summer 2003. After learning to handle this compact camera I made the next step in my photo career in May 2005 and bought my first digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) Nikon D70. Soon after I got a macro lens to focus on macro photography, mainly of spiders and insects.
The topics I was interested in slowly changed to bigger animals and I switched via Nikon D300 (March 2009) to Nikon D300s (September 2010) and got especially interested in bird photography. During this time I had several photo exhibitons in public places around Groningen.
Today my photos still mainly focus on nature, since my move to Canada mainly on landscape scenes. The birth of my daughter inspired me to look into people and child photography where I am learning a lot. Unfortunately having a family reduces the amount of time I can spend on my pictures. Getting a new camera, Nikon D7500 (May 2019) motivated me to take more pictures again recently, though.
In the end of 2020 I added a small drone to my equipment, DJI Mavic Mini.

Next to my cameras I use the following equipment:

Lenses (each with UV-filter):
Nikon AF-S DX 18-70 mm f/3.5-4.5 G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S DX VR II 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8 G
Nikon AF 50 mm f/1.8 D
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X
Tamron SP AF 90 mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
Nikon AF-S 70-200 mm 1:2.8G ED VR
Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED
Sigma 150-500 mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS

flash Nikon SB-800
tripod Manfrotto 190 Pro B with tripod head Manfrotto 141RC
tripod Velbon El Carmagne 530 (carbon fiber)
tripod Ultrapod II mini travel tripod
close-up spacer rings Nikon PK-12 and Nikon PK-13
close-up lens B+W 55 NL-4


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