I began taking photos with a Zeiss Ikon camera given to me as a gift on the occasion of my 12th birthday in 1972. This high quality used camera had a built in light meter and a 50 mm lens. By the ripe old age of 15, I spent an entire summer’s earnings on a Nikkormat FT2 and began developing my own black and white photos using a Bessler enlarger. Soon thereafter, I purchased a color head for the enlarger and began to develop and process my own color pictures. It is only after spending hours and hours processing and developing color pictures that you gain an appreciation for the value of outside labs. By the time I graduated from high school and was enrolled at Bucknell University, my color developing days were in the past.
College for me presented endless opportunities to photograph people. I learned to focus on the eyes of my subjects and move in to frame a shot. By the time college ended, I was using a Nikkormat ELW. That camera lasted until my marriage in 1986 when I purchased a Nikon FA. The Nikon FA was a breakthrough camera in terms of technology. It included matrix metering which improved the camera’s ability to determine exposure.
The Nikon FA stayed with me as a constant companion until the birth of autofocus. I never really warmed up to any of the autofocus cameras, switching them often, until Nikon introduced the D300 in 2007 which was a jewel of a camera based on a 12 megapixel DX format sensor. It was the first digital camera that gave me results equivalent to what I was used to with film.
Today, I use a Nikon D810 with a FX (full frame) sensor and an assortment of professional quality Nikon lenses. My backup camera is a Nikon Df. I love the Df as it recalls my Nikkormat days. Not surprisingly, my favorite lenses are the fix aperture f2.8 zooms, including the venerable 17-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200 VR2. My zooms are supplemented with low aperture prime lenses including the 50mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.4 Nikon lenses.
I travel extensively and almost always have a camera bag over my shoulder.
Taking pictures is fun. Taking good pictures is both fun and work. I try hard to take the photos from a perspective that most photographers would not choose.
Currently, I am fascinated by how technology has made it possible to take pictures at night. I recently purchased a Sony A7SII. This camera has the ability to take pictures at iso 128,000. The camera resolves light better than the human eye. What that means is you can take a picture at night and it looks like the photo was taken in daylight. The possibilities are endless and I am exploring them.
I hope you like the gallery of photos that follows. The photos are for your viewing pleasure. If you would like to hang one on your wall, send me an email and we will make that happen!
If you would like to communicate with me, contact me at Rpisanoje@mac.com.
If you are new to photography, and think you will begin to take it seriously, put your money into high quality lenses. Cameras come and go but good quality lenses can be used for decades.