My portfolio can be found here: https://pcarter5b14.myportfolio.com
I’ve been interested in photography since 1975 when I borrowed a friend’s Ricoh and a couple of lenses for a time. Black & White film was available from my High School, and I shot roll after roll of nothing and everything. I kept the negatives in film canisters for many years afterward (they were developed but un-cut), and I have no idea what happened to them. Some of the prints survive to this day!
In the early ’90s, my father gave me his old Fujica ST SLR and a couple of decent M42 (screw mount) primes. I shot with this until the shutter died sometime soon after, and then picked up a nice Pentax Spotmatic and gear from an acquaintance getting out of photography. I did love this camera! Fully manual, and a simple spot meter. My favourite subject was the amazing landscapes of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. I soon added a Pentax ES-II (a somewhat automatic version of the same camera), and a few more Ashai Pentax Super Takumar primes. Some of my favourite images were captured with this gear. I still have the Spotmatic and most of the M42 lenses. Amazing glass.
Around 1995, I jumped to Nikon and purchased a used F90x — their prosumer SLR at the time. At first, I found it difficult to capture similar images to those I have captured with the Spotmatic, but I was starting to get there within a couple of seasons.
The rest of the camera gear progression is even more boring.
I currently use the Nikon D300 and D700 DSLR cameras, and an array of Nikon and Nikon F-mount compatible glass, from old non-AF primes to new-ish AF-S glass. This camera technology is nearly 12 years old (ancient in tech-years), but the cameras do what I want, and I can imagine happily using them for years to come. Good glass is where a good image starts — the rest is skill and artistry, which I’m still learning after nearly 35 years!