In the late seventies I started to take pictures with a relatively cheap point-and-shoot camera. I played with the few settings, then bought a Pentax SLR camera. With this I played more, borrowed lenses, used filters, a lot of the nice stuff that Photoshop & Co. do for us now. Then I took less p Read more...

In the late seventies I started to take pictures with a relatively cheap point-and-shoot camera. I played with the few settings, then bought a Pentax SLR camera. With this I played more, borrowed lenses, used filters, a lot of the nice stuff that Photoshop & Co. do for us now. Then I took less pictures, my wife D. (aka. Hanulli) was much better than I, so I focussed more on other things.

When I turned 50 she gave me a D200, to give it another try. But again after some time I gave up. I only took pictures once in a while, or I filmed. But films where not so often watched, whereas photos were more frequently used.

D. continued to take photos and joined Blip. She kept pushing me to try again. Getting closer to retirement and working less hours, it should be possible to spend more time on photography. My D200 was not state of the art anymore, after more than a dozen years, so she convinced me to be generous to myself and buy a D850 with two great lenses. The bonus we received in the company that acquired the old one helped to pay the bill.

I joined Blip, after a test period, so I would have to take a picture each and every day. That would help to learn all the ins and outs of the camera and the lenses, and of all the other possible accessories. And I must say it does. I learn things like DOF, ICM, bokeh, etc. etc. And sometimes I manage to shoot a nice picture.

I do not like to modify the photos in Photoshop too much, except cropping, turning, darkening/brightening, the stuff you do in a dark room. And I tend to take photos from my eye level (1,85m, 6ft1), because that is what I see and like. I also like details more than the whole.

But, I am here to learn (with a great mentor!) and the feedback given helps to continue.