I clearly remember all my cameras from the time I started being interested in photography. I grow very fond of them for some reason, they become my friends in a way. Taking pictures to save memories has always been very important to me, so even though I did not always practice my photography skills, I always took pictures. Having a camera in my hand, over my shoulder, or in my bag is given for me whenever I leave my home for any kind of trip. Therefore I find it very meaningful to actually enjoy my photo machine.
The first camera I used when developing my interest was a Canon Powershot S3 IS. I used it mostly for photographing horses and horse events and I think that was the camera that really helped me grow as a photographer because it was the one I used when I realized that this is something I am actually good at. I constantly dreamed, however, of getting my first DSLR. And when that happened, I switched to Nikon. My first DSLR was a Nikon D200. That one stayed with me for a long time and was the camera I used when starting to learn how to photograph human portraits and macro among other things. It was my companion when taking photography courses, when traveling, it got muddy with me in the stables, it lied with me in the grass looking for insects, and I was very pleased with it.
My next camera was my current one. The Nikon D700 - the king. I immediately fell in love with this camera and I have loved it ever since. This camera has not brought me through any major photography events in my life, but it has always been a friend to trust. The fact that it is a full frame camera also brought to my attention that photography can be so much easier. I will never be one of those people claiming that everyone can take great pictures as long as you have the right camera, because the only way to take great pictures is to be a great photographer. However, the things you struggle with when using cheaper equipment you struggle with a bit less when you have the right stuff. Thus, for me, the king is a masterpiece that is able to do whatever I want it to do, and that is a big relief. Besides this camera, I also have my junk camera the Nikon D5000 and I occasionally use my boyfriend's Nikon D3000. And when using one of those, I quite often get complaints about low light, hand shake, or long shutter speed - and everything results in a blurry mess that always needs a trip through photoshop. When using the king, I simply tell it what to do, no matter the conditions, and it brings me pictures without complaints and I am constantly amazed by the results. I simply know that I can always trust it to cooperate with me. This makes me very happy, which I think is important.
One of my biggest fears is actually that the king will break down on me. Not because I do not have the money to get a new camera, because I would definitely make sure to raise that money, but rather because I am afraid that I will not find a camera that I like as much as this one. Hopefully I am wrong, but for now, I care for this piece of magnesium and glass like it is my baby.
From the day I started photographing, I always wanted to be a professional photographer in the future. That is typical for me - as soon as I get a new hobby or something like that, I get obsessed. I still do that. Right now I am having a thing for turtles. Anyway, my interest for photography never died, but my dream of becoming a photographer slowly faded away as I got older. In the meantime, I started taking courses in science and quickly fell in love with biology. That was a turning point for me, and suddenly everything started to make sense. Biology contains everything that I love about life. It has science, writing, reading (and I mean a lot of reading), nature, plants, animals... It would be enough just to mention animals, I guess.
Now I have a bachelor's degree in biology and at the end of 2018 I will have a master's degree in ethology. What is left is my master's thesis project, during which I will do ethological studies on meerkats for six months. It will be a blast, I think - I am very excited to get to know these fantastic little animals.
People sometimes ask me if I like studying. No, I usually answer. I do not really like the studying in itself - but I absolutely love learning new things. Especially things that I am passionately interested in, such as animals, biology and science. That certainly makes five years of studying worth it.
In my master's program, we spend a lot of time at the zoo where I will perform my thesis project. The following pictures were taken the last time we went there, using the junk camera and the Sigma lens. To be honest, I can definitely see differences in image quality compared to my other camera and lenses, but I still think these pictues work fine for showing like this on the internet. And yeah, one of them is featuring one of my future buddies - SEE YOU SOON!