Update on my photography
Wow, what a year and huge steps into my personal photography. What started out as a venture to just increase my overall skill set as gone full bore, balls to the wall shutterbug nut. My focus was just step up my game in Landscape, Weather and Food photography but now I am doing it all. It would seem I am slowly developing a creative style beyond my original intentions for this blog and here I am today. Added notches to the camera strap include, Long Exposure, Astro, Macro and Portrait.
My journey in photography didn’t start with a smartphone. It started at a garage sale at the age of 10 where I procured an ancient Zeiss Ikon. I was able to get film and my father showed me some basics but I was dirt poor. There wasn’t much money and surely not much to get film processed. But this wasn’t my mother’s Brownie 110 so I was good.
Later in my teens I was loaned a Nikon FG with a small selection of AI-S lenses and I was off to the races for over a year. Using all manual lenses made you think and even more so with film. My cousin was into astrophotography so we would spend hours photographing the moon, stars and sunspots. There was a crazy solar maximum going on so it made sense to do so.
By the time I was 16 I was pretty busy with music, ham radio, being a teen and working. I worked at a video transfer company in Orlando which happened to be one of a few in the country at the time that did this. I would spend what seemed to be an eternity splicing 8mm and 16mm film together. We would then shoot this film through a loom lens into a video camera and record it to VHS. I did this for a long time until the business never caught up to the changing time of digital and went under.
My biggest regret is that I never got to keep any of this photos and videos of my youth. They were lost to my nomadic lifestyle.
Got the photography bug again
As many, I was just armed with my smartphone not too long ago. I didn’t really catch the bug until I went to Italy and France in 2011 which changed everything. I was more interested in the food, history and architecture than I was taking pictures on this trip. My passion for food was more about cooking it than it was photographing it. That being said, europe has a way of changing you. You see, smell, taste even hear everything from a new perspective.
By the time I got back stateside I was a changed man. I cooked differently and I was working hard on presentation of food. So I started to photograph my food as a reference point and social feedback. This led me to take better photos which led me to cook better. I was a vicious cycle which I soon will revisit. For now, I am focusing on photography a little more.
The big change
At my corporate Christmas party I received what probably has changed my life forever, a Nikon 1 J5 with two kit lenses. By this time I was traveling around like crazy. My iPhone was no longer meeting my photography requirements and this fit the bill. I had the option to get a D5300 but opted for this little mirrorless due to its size. It was an Aaron compatible camera that packed nicely on a motorcycle. I use the hell out of this camera still today and it is what got me into lighting photography since it had and adequate wide-angle lens and manual mode.
Last Christmas I got the D5500 as the J5 was starting to lack features and resolution I wanted for more advanced photography. I have also recently added a D810 to the arsenal for more features, lenses and resolution. I have the full spectrum of Nikon now and have a camera for almost any situation or photography style I want.
I need to get off my ass and keep feeding this blog but bigger things are coming. So back to documenting my Lyfe
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