Engineer by trade, enthusiast photographer in my spare time. I shoot on both digital, and film formats, and capture street scenes and landscapes. I started out as a teenager with an old Praktica camera and as a kid, of course, I took lots of photos of cars and sport. Nothing amazing but it helped my understanding of how cameras worked.
In 2008, after almost 10 years since I last picked up an SLR, I decided to buy my first DSLR, a Nikon D90. I shot with the kit zoom lens for almost 2 years to get familiar with the camera and photography again. My photography was still very primitive however I was glad I had an understanding of manual features from my youth. In mid 2010 I bought the awesome 35mm DX Nikon lens and I used this all the time either in the street or capturing vistas.
I enjoy walking around late at night with a tripod and capturing still scenes, or street life at night. At night you can take photos with nice contrast in light and colour. I like photos where not everything is visible to the eye, where parts of the photo are in darkness and you are naturally drawn to the parts the eye can see. There is something nice and mysterious about this kind of subject isolation.
I am heavily influenced by other photographers who photograph moments, as opposed to scenes, and where possible I try to do this, however I am yet to be confident enough to photograph complete strangers in full view of them. While I love abstract photos, or shots of landscapes, I find candid shots of people in their everyday life the most interesting. There is a story in those photos and you can let your mind wander. Having said that, my photostreams in flickr and 500px are a mixture of scenery and street, if I am not comfortable roaming the streets looking for moments, then I am just as happy waiting for a nice sunset on top of a building somewhere!
Right now I am enjoying my photography, and I am trying to set myself challenges each time I go out and shoot. Many of my waking moment shots are ones where I do something I don’t normally feel comfortable doing. I hope I can continue to break my own barriers regardless of how experienced I am.