About Me


Hi, my name is Dimitar. Photography is an important part of my life and it was always around for me since early age. I would see a nice sunset or an interesting character on the street and would think to my self – I want to capture this very moment, freeze it and keep it fresh in my memory. Photography was my way to archive stuff, document moments, things or events that happened. I enjoy photographing landscapes, food, street scenes and events.

I think I started with photography when I was around 5. Started is is a bit exaggerated here, but nevertheless I was holding the camera and pretending I was taking pictures with it. I think I destroyed it shortly after. It was Beirette rangefinder – East Germany made, and as far as the exact model was concerned, it might have been Beier Beirette SL100.

DCB, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

DCB, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The first camera that I actually took photos with was a USSR made Smena 8M using BW film (color ones were expensive and hard to find). I remember it was very easy to do a mistake with it and do double exposure, if you forget to wind on the film.

By Silvio Tanaka from Sao Paulo, Brazil (LOMO SMENA 8M - Made in USSR) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Silvio Tanaka from Sao Paulo, Brazil (LOMO SMENA 8M – Made in USSR) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

By E Magnuson (My Fed-5 Uploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By E Magnuson (My Fed-5 Uploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Fast forward to my teenage years, the 90s. The Berlin Wall was already down and color film was cheap (Konica Centuria 100/200) and available everywhere. I needed an upgrade and was longing for a SLR, but did not had the money. There was a street book seller in my hometown selling old books. I managed to smuggle part of my parent’s book collection and sell it to this guy. Something which I am not particularly proud of. I bought another Soviet made rangefinder – FED 5. Solid build camera, with beautiful brown leather case and sharp, warm lens. It even had a light meter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I finally fulfilled my dream for SLR camera when I was a student in the university. I sold the FED and bought a second hand, another USSR made, Zenit 12 XP. Gorgeous, sturdy, black camera with electronic light meter.

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At some point I sold it to buy Zenit 122 – Modern, plastic SLR, but sold it shortly after.

For some years I was roaming without a camera, until I decided I want to step into the digital photography world. I had no opinion about the Japanese camera manufactures, but figured out that I had to make a choice between Canon and Nikon.

I made purely subjective decision to go with Nikon. My first DSLR was Nikon D50.

By Phiarc (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Phiarc (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I had a great time with Nikon D80 – I took it for a spin in places like The Netherlands, Israel and Morocco.

I then I jumped on the FX wagon and bought Nikon D700. Similar to the Zenit 12Xp – Gorgeous, sturdy, feel good, black camera. But it was heavy as a tank and killing my neck.

© Chriusha (Хрюша) / CC-BY-SA-3.0 / (optional) Wikimedia Commons.

© Chriusha (Хрюша) / CC-BY-SA-3.0 / (optional) Wikimedia Commons.

 

I replaced it for the newer, lighter 24MPx Nikon D600, only to discover that the feel good factor was gone. I happened to own a Nikon D600 which was affected by famous oil spots on the sensor issue. After a few times trying to fix it, eventually Nikon Germany gave up and gave me a free replacement – Nikon D610 – my current camera.

By Johntorcasio (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Johntorcasio (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I also use Sony a6000 for a second camera. So far I am impressed with the quality and unimpressed with the speed of the EVF.

By Morio (photo taken by Morio) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Morio (photo taken by Morio) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Having used so many cameras, I find it necessary to repeat what others have already said. Just go out and shoot, camera doesn’t matter.