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I love taking pictures. It is a relaxing and exploratory experience for me. Usually, I capture the life of my family and friends, but I do not share those pictures here. Other times, I stroll around in a curious, creative mood with open eyes and look for two-dimensional moments in the three-dimensional, ever-evolving world around us. I strive for visual beauty by reduced and well-balanced graphics and colors that may tell a story or at least transmit an affective tone. I know, usually I am not there yet, but by sharing, contemplating and communicating about pictures I try to learn and getting closer to this aim. Thus, I am happy to receive kind comments, but also critical, instructive feedback.
I started my photographic journey when I was about ten years old using an Agfa Isorapid, owned by my older brother. Thereafter, I was allowed to use the Zeiss Ikon Contina of my father, when he got his first SLR from Canon. Photography became one of my hobbies when being at high school. I took as many pictures as I could afford and installed a dark room in my mother´s laundry, blocking it for hours making black & white prints. For my fifteenth birthday, I got a wonderful Nikon FM, which I used for many years with an expanding set of prime lenses (20, 35, 50, 135 mm).
I am and I was always an early adopter of new technology, but I had a difficult relationship with digital photography (diverse Sony) until I got hold of my first Fuji, an X100 and later the X-PRO 2 with a set of lenses (14, 35, 90, 18-55 mm*). Now, I enjoy taking pictures again like I did back in my Nikon FM times. Fuji’s ergonomics, look, size, image quality and in particular film simulations are simply perfect for me. As much I like taking pictures, I do not enjoy digital post-processing. Usually, I use straight out of the camera jpegs, sometimes I do small adjustments - some cropping here, aligning the horizon there, and adapting contrast and brightness a bit – that’s all.
Thank you for visiting. Enjoy photography!
P.S. (December 2017): *After using the X-PRO2 with enthusiasm for almost two years, I have learned, however, how difficult it is to keep the sensor of a mirrorless camera clean when changing lenses. Admittedly I do not understand why these cameras do not have a kind of shutter that closes as soon as you start to detach the lens. Regardless, I still prefer mirror less cameras over DSLR, but I adapted my approach a bit. I take a second body, an XT-20, with me whenever I expect the need for another lens in an environment that would make changing lenses a risky operation. In addition, I bought the XF16-55, although it thwarts key advantages of the Fuji system. It is a big, heavy and almost aggressive lens. However, compared to the XF18-55 it is wider so that I can keep my XF14 most of the time at home and I can create a nice bokeh at the long end so that I do not need an extra portrait lens in my bag. For the days I like to have a small, light and stealthy equipment in an unpredictable environment I take the wonderful XF 35f2 and leave the big zoom at home. Finally, I bought two light gatherers on the second-hand market (XF23f1.4, XF56f1.2), two marvelous lenses for low-light conditions. In short, I made a kind of expensive detour in my lens purchases and the XF14 and the XF90 are getting a bit dusty – although both are formidable lenses and the XF18-55 starts to get used by the next generation of photographers in my family.
P.P.S. (January 2019): i did not buy anything anymore. It is already now difficult to choose which lenses to take with me and the two cameras are doing a wonderful job. Regardless, I am using the XF14 and the XF90 still quite frequently - so no dust.
P.P.P.S. (October 2020): Recently I rediscovered the old twin lens Rolleiflex of my father (Zeiss Planar, 75f3.5), which I have not used for more than 30 years. It still works almost perfectly, though I plan to service it soon. This camera remains an awkward piece of technology, but certainly an intriguing one with quite some personal affection. My father bought it when I was born and most of my childhood.
P.P.P.P.S. (August 2021): The Rolleiflex is serviced and it appears to work as smoothly as on day one. Next to that I have to admit that I bought two more lenses for my Fuji cameras, the mark two version of the 10-24 and the new 70-300. These are two very versatile lenses and especially their combination is, despite the gap in focal length between them, of great use when going out taking land- and cityscapes images.
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Felipe? - Good man, good eye, good stuff. Exceptional in more than one respect.
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