Peter Wallin is one of our new members to Nikonians having joined in February of 2016. It has been fascinating to see his postings and see the evolution of his style and capability with his fairly newly acquired photography kit including a D610 and lenses. Of his path in refining his skills Peter states, “I have learned by trial and error what works in the field and what does not work. There are so many situations that occur and the only way to be prepared is to be out there as often as I can and learning from my experiences.
Learning from others is a big bonus. Nikonians is a constant source of information and inspiration; some users have given me solid advice. Many small things have allowed me to put parts together of what was a puzzle to me creating a larger picture in establishing my knowledge of photography.” Receiving advice on settings, shooting techniques, and honest opinions of his work have all been very helpful. He states that, “I really like it when people are honest and do not sugar-coat things.”
Peter found Nikonians shortly after purchasing his camera when doing a search “to find a community where I could grow as a photographer.” He states that he found Nikonians to be a big, friendly community with a lot of helpful people, so he decided to register and after a few days upgraded to a Silver Membership.
Peter lives in one of the oldest cities in Sweden and Northern Europe - Vasteras. It is situated inland from the coast but is located in an area with expansive lakes, dense forests, farm land and woodlands. Peter, a chef by occupation, wanders the countryside with a D610 he purchased in February this year. In that same month he joined Nikonians so writing this article was a nice opportunity to spend time with a new member and see things from his perspective.
The natural world is what captures Peter’s interest but he also enjoys capturing images of sports and people. He has found, “I love to do portraits of people but I find humans to be more afraid of the camera than animals.”
Manual mode is Peter’s usual choice for shooting and he has found Auto ISO to be very useful for birds in flight. Shooting in Aperture Mode with Auto ISO is also a setup he has found effective and in addition he has found when in this mode he does not accidentally change the shutter speed as he is carrying the camera.
When asked if there was anything he would like to share with others he responded, “Don’t be afraid to shoot things you wouldn’t normally choose. You may discover a new interest in the field of photography”. He adds that one of the biggest changes he has made is to shoot only in RAW as it gives him so much more freedom in post processing. RAW appeals to him as there are many ways in which an image can be developed and that the quality of the image is so much greater.
He sounded a bit daunted when setting out to learn post-processing but says he has benefited from beginner tutorials on YouTube in addition to the helpful individuals input in the Nikonians community.
Peter related enjoyment in exploring the woods and fields leading to surprising close encounters with wildlife. On one occasion while walking through a dense wood and coming around a large rock Peter recounts encountering a male Roe Deer. He quickly squatted down, confirmed his camera settings, arose and took four shots before the buck ran away.
On another occasion he found a beaver down at the docks reporting that it was a special moment to see a wild creature so close to the noise and commotion of the city.
While out in a farmer’s field he observed a fox hunting. Peter raised his camera, following the fox, and then hit the shutter just as he jumped to land on a rodent. Though Peter tried to fire away nothing happened and the rare opportunity was ruined by a battery that had run out. Now he carries a spare in his backpack and another in the battery grip.
Peter prepares for excursions by packing a large backpack with his three favorite lenses: Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro, Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8, a monopod, a snack and water bottles.
The fields of photography that appeal to Peter in the near future are landscape, portrait and macro photography.
For those interests and those he presently pursues we wish him great success. We also thank him for his generosity in sharing time, effort and images in the preparation of this article.
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