Some months ago I wrote a post about the cameras I own, how I learned more about working with a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera, and a brief history of my experience with erotic photography.
Now obviously, I don’t only engage in erotic photography. In fact, I think I take more non-erotic photos than erotic ones.
I started when I was a teen
Like I wrote in the post linked above, it started at quite a young age, I believe somewhere in my teens. I can’t remember how old I was, but photography intrigued me. My parents had a Polaroid camera, which I was not allowed to use, and which they used for some more ‘daring’ images (I know because I accidentally found the stack of photos). They also had an analog camera and we always had photo books filled with photos of holidays we have been on — mostly to Namibia.
I think I have been into photography on and off now for about 40 years (gosh, I’m old!). I say on and off, as there were times when I didn’t have a camera, but also times when I did, and didn’t take many photos. Ever since my late twenties/early thirties I have always been the owner of one or two cameras.
Images I take and admire
When my children were born, they were mostly the subject of the images I took, but I also loved taking pictures of nature. Sadly, the photos never fully represented what I saw with my eyes, but it still made for nice memories. The images that did come out really well were photos of sunsets. Oh how I loved to take those! This was something I had inherited from my parents, as many of the images in our family albums were of beautiful sunsets back in Namibia, whether in the capital, where we lived for some years, or the seaside town where we went on holiday so man times.
The more I experimented with photography, and the more I learned about it, the more I discovered what I really like to snap pictures of. I love going to the zoo and taking picture of the animals, preferably lions and tigers, and also the big bears. But the meerkats and prairie dogs are always a source of inspiration too, as are the giraffes. Where monkeys often make me laugh with their fun and frolics, they almost never make it through my lens onto an image.
When photographing animals, I concentrate on details. I like to zoom in on an eye, or a nose, or some detail on the animal. It ties in with the love I have developed for macro photography. There’s something about being able to capture the fine detail that’s incredibly rewarding. Sometimes, when we are out taking pictures, I can concentrate on one flower or one insect for so long, that I don’t take images of anything else. Macro photography definitely is my go to, or an extreme close-up of an animal at some distance from me.
That said, this doesn’t mean I only take macro photos. No, I also like architecture, or desolate areas, such as old buildings or very old cemeteries. When I can’t take those images myself, I admire those taken by others, and it always gives me ideas for new images. Another kind of image I almost never take, but love to see, is black and white images of industrial areas. I am in the lucky position that my husband is into that kind of photography.
Preferred camera and lenses
Currently I am still the owner of a Sony Cybershot camera, as well as a Nikon D5600. If I would want to take photos with the first, I will have to go search for it, as I haven’t used it in years. I am mainly using the Nikon.
I have a couple of lenses:
- 40mm macro
- 20mm super macro
- 12, 20 and 36mm macro rings
The two lenses I use the most are the 18-300mm and the 40mm macro. The 20mm super macro and the 12, 20 and 36mm macro rings are quite difficult to work with, as even the slightest movement mean the image will fail. Even working with a tripod, there can be movement when you press the shutter (which is why I use a remote) or the subject moves, such as a spider feeling threatened in its web and just as you think you want to take the picture, it moves out of the frame, or a breeze moves the flower or dandelion you wanted to capture on image. Ah, the life of a photographer…
A small collection
I looked back at our holiday we had last year in June, where Master T and I went out on several different photo trips, and also at my photo day with my daughter back in the autumn of 2019. Below is a very small collection of some of those images, just some of those that jumped out at me while browsing through. You will never hear my say my pictures are perfect, as even in these I have selected to share, I see what could have been done better. Still, I hope you enjoy!