|Message from Don Risi
My first exposure to photography as the photographer came in the 5th grade when my mom allowed me to take her pride and joy – a Kodak Brownie camera -- on a school field trip. When the 3x5 prints came back from the drugstore a week later, it was like magic. Photos that I took, images that I had created, were captured forever on those beautiful little prints.
The first camera I owned was a Single-Lens Reflex from Sears, Roebuck, & Co. Not only was the lens a fixed focal length, it was a fixed mount – it wasn’t interchangeable. But I was a 15 year old high school kid. What did I know? From there, I graduated to a Miranda Sensorex. I wanted a Nikon, but I was still in high school, and there weren’t too many high school kids who could afford one.
In 1979, I finally got my hands on my first Nikon camera – an FM – and a couple of Nikkor lenses. And for the last 33 years, I have been a dedicated, if not rabid, Nikon shooter. I simply don’t think they can be beat.
The 2 FM bodies I eventually owned, with their matching motor drives, served me well into 2004, when I went digital with the purchase of a Nikon D2h pro DSLR body. After a short time, I added a second D2h body to my collection, and have been happily blasting away ever since.
The majority of my lenses are old Ai-S lenses – either the ones I acquired over time when I was still shooting with my FMs, or more recent acquisitions, such as my 400mm f/3.5 and 600mm f/4, which I use primarily for wildlife, kiteboarding, and other sports photos (although I’ve been known to shoot a landscape or two with the 400!). I find that the glass is incredible, and the lenses are a dream to shoot with. The long lenses are especially sharp, and easy to focus.
Enjoy the photos.
If you have questions, or just want to chat about photography in general, you can contact me at email@example.com.