I've been interested in photography since I was a teenager - I must have been about 15 when I had saved enough cash to be able to buy a Zenit E 35mm film camera. This allowed me to experiment with long exposures and photographing indoors without a flash! During my twenties I was able to upgrade to a second hand Nikon EM SLR with a 50mm kit lens. I bought a 2x converter and together with a few Cokin filters, two flash guns and a tripod, I set out to photograph whatever interested me. Around this time I attended a photography evening class and this helped me to improve my skills beyond the basics. Over thirty years later I still have the Nikon EM and unbelievably still use the original 50mm lens with a macro adapter occasionally.
About 6 years ago I purchased a Nikon D5000 DSLR and then upgraded to a full frame Nikon D750 after joining HPIC. I also have a 50mm f1.8 fixed lens, a 24-120mm f4 zoom and a 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 zoom. I recently purchased a couple of flash guns, stands and a lighting umbrella. I have a brilliant Panasonic LX100 camera that I use when travelling - some of my best images have been taken with this!
In the last two years I have been on a steep 'digital photography' learning curve - getting to grips with the hardware, different camera techniques and the Adobe image manipulation packages. I now really enjoy improving and manipulating images during 'post processing'.
I continue to strive for those elusive images that are just beyond my reach!