About Me

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Image by Justina Lauceviciute

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.

About TheFoxTakesPictures

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.

My Gear

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.

The Pentax K3 APS-C DSLR-

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.

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