I am a 26-years-old, globetrotting postgraduate university student and amateur photographer living in beautiful Scotland. Originally hailing from rural western Germany, I have spent the last years living in four different countries on three continents and travelling a couple more.
I became interested in photography in late 2009 when my parents got me a Panasonic point-and-shoot for Christmas. Since then I have upgraded to a proper DSLR, taken tens of thousands of bad pictures and a couple decent ones, bought some cheaper lenses and drooled over expensive ones that I could never afford on a student budget, and wasted more time reading reviews and watching Youtube tutorials than I care to admit. Quite ironically I also hate being photographed myself.
Among the many facets of digital imaging I particularly enjoy landscape photography (especially remote locations), and taking pictures of my travels, mountaineering in the Scottish Highlands, climbing, and the night sky, even though so far I have only had a handful of opportunities to practice the latter two. I do not like flash and have no clue whatsoever how to use one.
In the past I have blogged about my time working for the Red Cross in Ghana, and then again when I spent a year studying abroad in Australia. The idea to blog about photography has been around for some time, but I never considered my images good and my knowledge deep enough – I had little to add to what is already out there. I still have a lot to learn and am not satisfied with my pictures (I think I never will), but the urge to convey my thoughts and show my work has finally proven stronger than my doubts.
On TheFoxTakesPictures I write about various issues appertaining to photography and travelling, post reviews of the gear I use to create my images, and may at some point even publish some tutorials.
We all know that it is the person behind the camera that makes or breaks a picture and equipment is a secondary factor, but we would also be kidding ourselves if we claimed that we did not care about gear at all. I really should not, but every time I see a stunning image or browse a good portfolio I wonder which equipment was used in its creation. I guess I am just a gearhead.
So in case you are interested, here is what I use:
- Pentax K3
- Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 HSM
- Pentax HD DA 55-300 WR (Review)
- Pentax DA 35 f/2.4 (Review)
- Pentax SMC-A 50 f/1.7 (Review)
I also use a Hoya HD Circular Polariser, a Haida 10-stop ND filter, a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod with an 808RC4 head and for hiking a BEIKE q666c carbon fibre tripod with a random ball head, a Peak Design Capture Pro clip (Review), a cheap cable release, various cleaning products, batteries, SD cards, adapter rings and lens hoods, and carry all that stuff around in an f-stop Loka (Review) camera backpack. You can find my thoughts on some of these in the linked reviews.
So … who’s that fox?
That’d be me. It’s the meaning of my surname in a different language and it’s been my nickname in various settings. I’m the fox, I take pictures => the fox takes pictures.