Here I will present details regarding my big hobby.
You can find a collection of my photographs in the gallery.
I had my first encounter with photography as a child in the late 1980s using a Pocket Kodak Tele-Ektra 300. This compact and slim camera had been built in 1980 and was equipped with so-called 110 pocket film cassettes. At the age of 12 I used my father's old Dacora Super Dignette 36 mm viewfinder camera (introduced in 1963) with built-in exposure meter. Due to its manual fix focal 45 mm f/2.8 lens I learned working with focusing and aperture ring. Some time later I was allowed to gather my first single-lens reflex experience with a Pentax ME Super. In 1999 I bought my very first digital camera, an Olympus Camedia C-840L with 1.3 MP. Digital photogrophy was very much fun, especially shooting with virtually no cost and the instantaneous review of shots was a tremendous advantage. Thus the Olympus became my steady photographic companion for over 6 years! Nonetheless the urge for manual settings and more photographic possibilities grew stronger and stronger with time. In 2004 my brother Kai bought a Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) because he wanted to study "communications design". The contact with digital single-lens reflex photography finally put me over the edge and I bought a 300D (Digital Rebel) for myself in 2005. Unfortunately my brother passed away due to a serious disease in the same year, so I was unable to show him my progress in the following time. The beginnings were rather unsatisfactory and success was sparse during that time, as many photographers might have experienced alike. But by gaining more practice I also got rather good results which gave me motivation. Motivation led to even more practice which ended in even better results. Better results led to higher demands by myself and so my equipment steadily grew... I have learnt a lot in the last three years of dedicated photography. But still much more is yet to learn. And this is what makes a hobby interesting...
I am not focused on single subjects or topics. I rather shoot everything which is in my opinion worth being captured in frame. So the topics I deal with are travel photography, nature photography, landscapes, and cities. Sometimes I try to do some macro or sports photography, too. I am also interested in shooting people, but I do not have any experience in studio photography. Although these subjects are nothing special but rather ordinary topics, I try to implement my own and sometimes quite unusual fingerprint into my pictures. Admittedly, this works sometimes with more and sometimes with less success. But by-and-by I succeed more frequently. Even though I am involved in photography for a few years now, I would characterize myself rather as beginner due to photography being a very complex hobby. So even after many years you can still learn a lot...
As already mentioned I started with a Canon EOS 300D as my first digital single lens reflex camera together with the kit lens EF-S 18-55 1:3.5-5.6 in 2005. After one year I was aware of all the strength but also of all the weakness of this combination. Particularly the low speed of the rather old camera was not satisfactory to me. With a planned Africa trip in mind I decided to update with a EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT) with a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DG lens. The telephoto range was covered by a Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM RF. With this equipment I was ready for Safari. Later I replaced the 350D (Digital Rebel XT) with an 30D which was itself finally being replaced by a 5D. This required an update of the Sigma 17-70mm with a Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4L IS USM because the Sigma lens is not compatible with the 5D. Steadily my lens park developed to a quite acceptable collection of zoom and fix focal length lenses and will certainly be supplemented over the years.
My actual equipment:
- Canon EOS 5D with battery grip BG-E4
- Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4L IS USM
- Canon EF 70-200mm 1:4L IS USM
- Canon EF 50mm 1:1.4 USM
- Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Asp. HSM IF
- Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM RF
- Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
- Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye
- Kenko Teleplus Pro 300DG 1.4x
- Canon Speedlite 580EX
- Canon Speedlite 430EX
- ThinkTank Photo Rotation 360°
- several filters (UV, polarisation, neutral density, gradiation)
- Manfrotto 055ProB tripod incl. Manfrotto 804RC2 three-way head und Manfrotto 322RC2 Action Grip
- Manfrotto 681B monopod incl. Manfrotto 234RC one-way head