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Occupation: Optics Engineer at a camera manufacturer (Machine Vision) - good thing there I get a lot of lenses - from some of the companies we know here too. And sometimes some information before it is published.
Before this I worked as an engineer for thermography, high-speed-video and endoscopy.
How long have you been a photographer? Since 26 years
What motivated you to get into photography?
I was interested in astronomy, should get a telescope. Went to the local photographer who also sells telescopes. He showed me his personal stuff. And as we talked it seems much to expensive for me. So he recommended me to buy a camera set, a Yashica FX-D Quartz. Could use this camera later for astronomy if I want, or I could buy great Zeiss lenses for it. I did the later :-)
Favorite subject(s) to shoot?
Nature details - easy to access. Rich variety, much for my bokeh love.
Nude - not so easy to get a model. But it is like landscape photography, but with full light control, and from an helicopter - and I can change the landscape a bit when giving the model new instructions. It is great.
Furthermore it seems that I make good images from women in my age. They love my work :-)
Least Favorite subject(s) to shoot?
Sports & cars because I am not interested in this, furthermore subjects I have seen too many good images - I think I would get into a kind of complete photo-restraint when I would see the El Capitan, Adams has made images that are so much, much better than everything I could make. I suppose I would not dare to take a photo.
Your greatest photography strength:
I know optics better than most photographers do. Made my own cheap defocus control lens, found a cheaper Meyer Trioplan 100 sibling, build Apodization lenses, make mount conversions, camera IR modifications, remove coatings for the effect, build telecentric or even hypercentric lens setups, work on own focal reducer...
Your greatest photography weakness
I spend to much time with gear modification and playing with it. And I donīt like Photoshop enough, so my images lack some optimization.
Why are you a (Canon / Nikon / Alt / Whatever) shooter?
Canon was the DSLR camera system with the cheapest 24x36mm sensor, furthermore with a good register distance and mount diameter - ideal for me as M42 & Contax/Yashica lens user. back then. Furthermore I was fascinated by the EF mount when it was introduced, I had the instant thought how easy this is for retro and bellows shooting - before Novoflex started to sell such products later.
Alt shooter because I donīt want to pay that much money to get good lenses with good build quality (Canon L, Zeiss), I like many lenses to play and modify, and I like flea markets. And: I do not like autofocus, I swear when I have to use slow AF - I donīt want to make image composing with the AF points in mind.
If you were forced to describe yourself as more of an "artist" or more of a "gear head", which would it be?
Gear head - but I would like to be more the artist. Try to convert myself, but there are all theses lens modification ideas pop out of my brain. I can not ignore them all
If you were forced to describe yourself using three adjectives, what would they be?
curious, introverted, skilled
Do you have your own website? If so, link it!
Any other hobbies?
Not more, some years ago acrobatics.