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My first "real" camera was handed to me 30 years ago when I was about 12, and was my sisters old Zenit E SLR. I shot occasionally with it but growing up in a family that would shoot 3 rolls of film per year I wasn't really infested with the bug. I did end up, years later, shooting a full—gasp—two rolls of film at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, and I still have the picture of one of my heroes, Ayrton Senna, hanging on the wall in my office at home. Then my parents gave me a "everything automatic" P&S (since the Zenit was a bit unwieldy) for my highschool graduation and although I made a lot of snapshots, interest in photography as a hobby waned.



Moving to the US about ten years ago was what got me into buying an "expensive" digital camera, back then it was a Powershot A20. I wanted to have the ability to keep in touch with the family in Holland and send them pictures of "my life". The quest for a better camera sent me in various directions, and as I started to take more and more pictures I ended up getting a digital SLR. What got me back into photography—the world around me—has been my favorite subject every since, probably out of habit given the way it started in the early 2000s. That means lots of nature shots, but also architecture, and when I feel I'm up to it, people around me. At work I end up doing a lot of portrait shots, so that makes up a decent part of what I shoot as well. When wondering around I tend to float towards "pretty" pictures where I try to pay a lot of attention to composition; "on assignment" (either professionally or on something I come up with myself) I get a bit more creative and try to get close and "into" things, paying more attention to content. Those are (but not always!) my better shots, I think.



Growing up without a darkroom (even at school) at my disposal I'm used to bringing rolls to the local camera store and that means shooting color out of habit. I do experiment with black & white sometimes, but I really like colors so I'm not willing to abandon them. Digital does give me the freedom though, to switch to black & white. Especially where a color image feels "flat" due to the lack of contrast (or lack of color in the first place) I will not hesitate to switch to black & white in post—high contrast looks garish in color for instance. That's one of the many advantages of digital I think, more freedom regarding the end result without the need for an (expensive) dark room. But what I really like about digital is the ability to shoot hundreds of frames without having to worry about buying film rolls, running out of film, or having to develop it all. It's fun to shoot with a no-frills camera like a Nikon FE but I'd never want to go back to film as my major medium.


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