How it started
I’ve always been a photographer – one who takes photographs. It started at school when I developed a black and white photograph I took of a key and developed it myself.
The first camera I owned was a Pentax K1000. I still have it! Built like a tank; solid and purposeful. It worked in a way that made you think like a photographer. It wasn’t long before I bought a Tamron 70-150 Adaptall-2 zoom and from then on, I took all my photos from a distance. It went on to be used by my daughter and son who both used it for study photography at school. As digital photography rose to prominence, the camera got consigned to its case and put to one side. However, it was the Pentax K1000 that made me feel like a photographer.
I remember purchasing a bridge camera (Minolta) and then trading that up for a Nikon D80 with its zoom lens (again, a photographer from a distance).
I finally started to try and make photography and all-consuming goal and tried to focus. With that in mind, I bought a Nikon Df, in black – it is absolute beauty. I’ve forced myself to stick with the 50mm f/1.8 SE lens and I think it’s starting to work – constraint breeds creativity.
However, the only way to improve is to do more. Take more photographs. With this in mind, I have just invested in the other most beautiful camera out there – a Fujifilm X-100F, in black. I intend to take it everywhere and never be without it. No photography from a distance, more up close and impersonal. I had been using a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone but I’ve upgraded this to a Google Pixel 2 and this will continue to play some small part, especially in my day to day instagram uploads but I have really high hopes for the Fuji.
So, the Nikon Df for Nature/Landscape stuff and the Fuji X-100F for Street/Urban/every day – Gear Acquisition Syndrome sated. It’s just a case of taking lots and lots of photographs now…
Peace and photography