While I started this blog a long time ago to share some of the technical aspects I was discovering about photography, in the last few years, it served mostly as a notebook featuring advice about science-related software.
(A copy and paste of my profile text on Flickr)
Buying in 2007 an old model compact FinePix E900 camera with RAW capabilities rekindled my interest in photography and helped in deciding the acquisition of the cheapest dSLR at that time, the 6 Mpixel Nikon D40. Flickr was, and still remains, a way to share photos with the family.
At the beginning I joined, as many others, some post 1 score x groups to see what people think about the images I was uploading. Little by little I slowed down the daily number of posts and joined smaller groups of people with interests or cameras similar to mines.
I use almost exclusively old manual focusing lenses on the Nikon D40 camera. The settings are done manually and while it might take a little longer to take a picture, it also involves more the photographer in the process. If a picture is out of focus or badly underexposed, there is only one person to blame. The Nikon D40 is a fantastic camera. The only upgrade I can see in some distant future would be to a full frame camera.
Two years after starting digital photography I became attracted to film photography with old cameras. Among my favorites are an Olympus XA compact rangefinder, a Minolta SRT303 with its 50mm f/1.7 SLR, a Ricohmatic 225 6×6 TLR medium format camera, a Nikkormat FT2 and a Canon EF.
The atraction to film photography comes from two things:
– it’s a lot of fun to use old gear
– dynamic range is better (sunny images are nicer than on digital)
Last, but not least, cleaning and adjusting old mechanical cameras is a very pleasant occupation.