The pleasure is all mine.I wanna thank Pictor for accepting the invitation for an interview.
I hope you won't mind, if I quote my lengthy introduction (https://www.mu-43.com/f69/introduction-my-path-micro-four-thirds-4707/#post43799):Who's the person behind Pictor and how did you get landed at this great forum?
In my introduction I wrote, that I took many photographs of butterflies and dragonflies with my Canon gear. Unfortunately I don't have any digitalized pictures of those photographs and not many pictures of butterflies taken with my digital cameras. But at least I can show one picture I have taken with my Olympus recently:My name is Christian and I really enjoy being here. This is a very fine forum, where I have found a friendliness and helpfulness which I don't take for granted. The sketch of my photographic path, which I have written for my introduction, has become a little lengthy, but maybe one can see which dangers exist if one becomes too gear-centered. However, I am happy that I have found the right priorities before making major mistakes.
I have been taking photos since childhood, beginning with a small Kodak. My first camera I bought with my own money was a Canon T70 and later a T90, which was a really great camera. I really loved to take photos of butterflies and dragonflies with my 200mm Macro.
After a break of about ten long years I bought a Nikon D90 last summer. Although the D90 is a great camera, I soon desired a Nikon D700 in November, when I took many photographs during walks in dark forests, because I had to use high ISO for my macro photographs and was not happy with the noise (which I don't consider as bad any more). So I began to save as much money I could spare.
In March I decided to buy a compact camera which I can carry with me all the time and bought a Canon S90. This was the first major deviation from my plan to buy the Nikon D700, but since I had some bad neck pain in February, I was not so sure about buying the D700 anyway. Due to the fact that I take most of my photographs during walking tours and solitary walks after work, I realized, that more weight means less pleasure and that the quality of my S90 is good enough if I take raws and do some careful post processing. I enjoyed not to carry heavy gear with me so much, that my Nikon D90 has stayed at home since then.
After many thorough reflections about what is most important to me, I have decided to spend the money I have saved for the Nikon D700 on the Olympus E-PL1 with the 9-18mm and the 14-150mm instead. I have got my new camera this week and I am very happy with it. I have never had a wide angle zoom like this and I am fascinated by what I can do with that much more than by the better image quality of the D700. The Pen is infinitely better than any of the best DSLRs staying at home and I would not enjoy walking with so much weight anyway.
I still admire the quality of the Nikon D700 which I still consider as one of the best available DSLRs. My fascination for this camera drove me to the point where I intensely desired to buy a much too heavy camera, which would have been one of the worst and very expensive decisions I might have come to regarding to photography. One has to be very careful not to fall into a trap set by wishful thinking.
I really like technical perfection and still do pixel peeping sometimes, but today I value artistic expression and esthetic quality most and know that the best gear is just a tool and only as good as the photographer it is used by. Sometimes the fascination for some gear can hide what is most important.
I was about 18 years old when my local photographic shop had the 200mm macro on sale. Until then I had spared my pocket money diligently and when I saw the offer, I knew that I just needed this lens, took all my money and bought the lens at the same day I saw the offer. This was neither a planned buy, nor had I any money left afterwards. I have never had any regrets about buying the lens, because this lens was my favorite lens with which I took most of my pictures.How did you get in touch with macro photography?
Besides taking pictures I love hearing music (mostly classical music), hiking and reading good books very much.Do you have other hobbies?
I tend to change my avatar from time to time. In the moment my avatar shows Seneca the Younger. It's taken from a photograph I showed here:I like your avatar. Can you tell us why you choose this picture.
Don't expect me to do the expected (but don't expect me to do the unexpected either). :tongue:(I expected that you might use a butterfly or dragonfly)
When I bought my Nikon, I bought a macro lens, too, and used it a lot. But I realized, that I did not want to continue exactly the same kind of photography as I did before the longer break, when I did not take photographs. I want to concentrate on other subjects now.Macro and light weight m43 (camera + lens) is probably not the most common match seen on this sight.
I already have a big old lens, the 200mm macro, but this is a really big lens, which I would not carry it with me during hiking. However, I don't care driving to the botanical garden to take pictures with my heavy tripod and this lens on my E-PL1, which I won't do very often anyway. I suppose, that if Olympus releases a macro lens in September (as suggested in their roadmap), I will try to buy it only when needed, but most probably I won't be able to withstand the temptation. This lens should be light enough to be carried during hiking. My 9-18mm and a 50mm macro lens would be a fine and light combination.I don't see you run into the water with tripod and manual focus lens to catch the moment of a dragon fly, but still, you don't feel a need to buy a nice big old lens and attach it to your Olympus?
Some years ago I experimented with 3D. I built something to make two slides from a tripod. The subjects had to be very static, since I took two consecutive pictures instead of two simultaneous ones. I had two small devices for looking at slides, which one could hold in front of ones eyes. But I did not pursue this further and stopped the experiment quickly. Of course it could be fascinating to do this with an equipment which is suited much better for 3D, but I have never experimented with 3D since then and I have no further plans to investigate in 3D.Would it not be great investing in 3D, taking 3D macro images and video?
I am not very hungry in the morning. Sometimes I eat a muesli and most times I drink a cup of hot chocolate and a cup of coffee later at work.What's your preferred breakfast?
I prefer weather conditions which are good for hiking. :smile:Do you photograph in all kind of weather conditions?
This depends on what I want to photograph. During the week I go out late in the afternoon or early in the evening before it gets dark, because I have to work for my living during the day. Apart from that I prefer the times of the day when the light is best, if I can choose.What is your preferred time to go out for a photoshooting?
You are wrong.Name Christian makes me almost believe your German or French.
Am I right or wrong?
Olympus has published a roadmap which suggests, that a macro lens will come in September. Since I'd like a fast lens, too, a fast macro lens would be perfect. Although I would not buy another body this year, I wish that Olympus introduces a pen with a better sensor than in their current models. I wish that Olympus will expand µ4/3, since two bodies and four lenses is not enough to be called a system.What is your wish list for next Photokina?
In the moment I am still experimenting. I like to photograph nature, landscapes, architecture and sometimes I even try street. I take snap shots during my walks after work and like to take pictures of urban decay. This is a picture I took during a hike last Sunday:What kind of photographic genres attracks you next too macro?
I am photographing raw only. When I came home today, I started Lightroom and imported the pictures. The raws came in the following folder:How do you store your images?
I have just switched from Nikon to µ4/3 and don't consider any other system change at the moment.Will you stick to m43, or move to Sony A33 / A55?
This was an incident. I saw this when I wrote above post and I am still a little amazed by this coincidence, although both days were sunny and thus at least the same exposure value is not that big surprise.Are identical camera settings for both pictures an incident or on purpose?
I bought my pen I had photographed thousands of pictures with my Canon S90. So I was already used to composing with a screen and I have nearly never missed an OVF. This sounds quite surprising. There have been some situations when I didn't see anything on the screen of my Canon S90 because of the sun in my back and these situations were the only exceptions.Hi Christian, you moved from Nikon to mft Oly.
The Nikon has an OVF, the PEN hasn't an EVF aboard.
Was it hard for you to get used composing on the backscreen LCD?
I do not miss my Nikon, but I find it user friendlier having more direct possibilities to access settings like ISO and white balance instead of being forced to press many buttons. On the other hand the E-PL1 has some advantages over the Nikon D90, which I find much more essential than not having these additional buttons and wheels.Which camera is user friendlier when it comes to menus etc?
The default setting is the professional mode P, auto ISO and auto white balance. I switch to whatever I need, but this is the most basic setting I start with. I always shoot in raw only. The red button is set to AE-Lock using spot metering. The function key is set to the switch between AF and MF. In MF the red button activates the AF and is exactly that, which is the AF-On button of Nikon's and Canon's professional cameras. The AF is set to S-AF with manual override. Please ask, if you are interested in further details or in why I use specific settings.How you shoot with your PEN, what are your preferred settings?
Thank you, the same to you!Enjoy your weekend!
Now that sounds like an early photograph.... In the moment my avatar shows Seneca the Younger. It's taken from a photograph I showed here: