After who knows how many years of avoiding the reality of my photography skills, the use of cheap cameras and even my smart phone to take pictures I finally broke down and opened my penny pinching wallet to buy a Nikon 3300 and all the necessary lens and accessories to start taking decent photos of my killies (and a wide variety of other things).
Many years ago, too many to want to acknowledge, I tried to emulate a number of the great photographers in our hobby, in particular Tony Terceira. In the 1970s I often spent time with him on the road to New England Killifish Association meetings and traveled to AKA National conventions. I could say he was my photography mentor. His skills and abilities to take the best pictures of killies is near legendary and I believe most of today’s photographers owe some small amount of their success to Tony’s teachings over the years.
Back in those days I used an old Pentax camera and used slide film. I still have that camera, but have not used it in 15 or more years. At some point I bought my first digital camera, but it was primarily for vacation pics, not quality photography. Strangely it didn’t do a bad job on some basic killie shots which can be found on this website right now. But it is not the camera necessary to take photos the way I want. I never expect to compete with guys like Tony, Rich Pierce or Hristo Hristov, but I would like to take some decent pictures to use on the website as well as in my upcoming book on killifish. I just can’t steal photos off the web or afford to pay a photographer to do the work.
So this week, after consulting with Tony about what I need, I ordered the Nikon 3300. I intend to add a 105 mm macro lens and a decent flash. It all should be here in a couple of days and then I will head down to the fish room, camera in hand and begin the task of documenting the many species now residing there. I built a photo tank a couple of years ago and am considering what I want to use to create a background environment. I would like to be a little different in style from other photographers and I do have an idea or two on how to accomplish that. It will be interesting to see what works.
Anyway, I suspect visitors to the website will start seeing my efforts over the next few weeks in both photos and videos. I’m not sure if I should apologize in advance or not, but such is life.