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From a very young age I get fascinated with how things are put together and how things work. My Dad's camera had made me wonder how those images are like inside the camera.

One day, a very long long time ago this 9 years' old home-alone boy set his father's Agfa Isolette 6x6 folding camera on the tripod without permission. He opened the film compartment cover and stuck a toilet tissue on where the film plane was and started  exploring the inner workings of that folding magic box.

Believe it or not, if you never asked permission first, bad things seemed to befall you and accident bound to happen!  Without warning the tripod legs slid out like a ballet dancer and the camera back cover hit the wooden floor. The back cover was bent on impact though the camera was ok. I quickly took out a pair of pliers and tools and tried to repair the back cover. I managed to repair the back cover so that it was able to open and close properly. However if you had keen eyes you would spot the repair work on the back cover.

When my Dad came home that will be my holocaust for sure. I can chose to face my holocaust like a hero or let him discover it later and sentence me to hell.

However I decided to tell my dad exactly what happen and than wait for the arrival of the fire and storm. He picked up the camera,  examined it slowly and carefully without saying a word.  When he finally broke his silence, I was in a stage of shock 'cos all he said was  "next time you better ask first".  I was lost and surprised - he did not scold me! Instead, I noticed a grin of smile at the corner of his lips.  For a moment, I was left wondering what on earth was happening?

Now I know what that smile at the corner of his lips is all about. I just gave my dad the very good reason that he had been searching for so long to upgrade his aging Agfa folding camera. My dad got himself a new Zeiss Super Ikonta folding camera a month later. He made an announcement to me, my brother and sisters that we could now borrow his Agfa folding camera any time.  That marked the beginning of my romance with cameras.

A big part of my working life had something to do with cameras as well. My first job was a microfilm system specialist and later also as medical imaging technical support. That lasted for a long time until microfilm and medical imaging film were replaced by digital scanner and optical recording.

My approach to digital photography is very different from my film day. In film day I preferred to shoot slide and do not believe in image editing. For digital I always have some level of image editing but only to make the images look closer to the scene I saw or to recreate the atmosphere I remember. All images from digital camera are already manipulated by the camera, even RAW file though to a lesser degree. So photo editing is an inherent part of digital photography from the outset.

For me camera is not an end in itself but rather a means to an end. Every camera has its share of limitation and strong point. I found getting the most out of a camera is more fullfilling than owning the latest stage of the art camera. Camera is a tool to me, an instrument  for creating images.

This blog is the work of two persons, my wife and me. We have different ways of seeing and shooting photos. We both do the writing and act as editor for each other. We strive for good writing and good photographs to be presented on this blog.


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