About Robert Koopmans

I've been playing with photography for more than three decades. 

I started in photography in 1988 as a newspaper photographer, and worked with my cameras for several years before moving into writing. 

Photography became a side pursuit, a hobby. I love shooting film (I learned on film) and have an extensive collection of 120, 4x5 and 8x10 cameras. 

But there is no denying the efficiency and ever-increasing image quality of digital. I mostly shoot wildlife with a Pentax K-1 and an older Pentax A* 300mm f2.8 lens. The combo is fantastic; the images are always tack sharp, so long as I am able to focus the lens (it's manual focus, no autofocus ability whatsoever). My favourite lens for scenics and landscapes (people too) is my 77mm f1.8. Another Pentax classic!

I love B&W photography, especially for wildlife. The stark contrasts and lack of colour make us see the the world in ways we are not accustomed to. It's an abstraction of reality that focuses our attention in new ways. As well, I love shooting perfect squares (and my K-1 allows me to do it in viewfinder). The 1:1 square allows for interesting use of space and subject placement in ways the 2:3 rectangle never does.