Just a short CV of my path to and in photography:

Came to photography through food blogging, which I started in 2010. After 7 years of photoblogging and calling myself an amateur, I’d say I’ve progressed to being a hobbyist. I like that I can see a development, and I prefer learning by doing to learning by taking classes, although I’ve attended a couple of workshops these past years.

Started out with a point & shoot digital camera, then was gradually led to my first DSLR by a colleague when my learning curve stagnated due to (a lack of) the technical possibilities of the point & shoot.

Acquired a used Nikon D70 in 2011, which it turned out had a technical fault that led to loss of pictures after almost 1½ years. Upgraded to a D300 in 2013. I love this model, but as this camera has started showing signs of wear & tear, I bought the same model again, used, in 2018.

Initially, all my lenses were second-hand as well: 35-70 mm, 60 mm macro and 105 mm macro. Then I bought my first new lens in 2014, a 50mm 1.8 (I love this lens), and in 2017 I added an 18-250 mm lens for traveling.

I started shooting in manual from day 1, which I’m glad I did. Only started shooting in RAW and doing/learning “proper” editing at the end of 2013.

Thank you for visiting – I hope I’ll see you around!


The gold leaf graphic in my blog header is courtesy of We Lived Happily Ever After.


41 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Kiki… I’m right there. I just started shooting in manual. I’m having a lot of fun with it. Also had to tie my hands behind my back not to delete some of the old photos from my posts. I’m pleased with my progress but know I’m still on the lower half of the learning curve.
    I really like the idea of a separate space for your photos.

    • Hi Wendy, welcome to this space, happy to see you here as well! Yes, whenever I look at the statistics in the food blogs and notice people have clicked on a really old post, I think of the photos in there that I’d like to remove and replace with new ones. On the other hand – I can definitely see a learning curve, so I hope that’s worth something, too, and that others can see the progress as well…

      Shooting in manual is something different altogether, isn’t it. But your newly acquired knowledge from your photo shoot holiday is already visible in your posts, so you’re doing everything right :-).

    • Thank you very much for the nomination! I’ll try to participate but am a little pressed for time at the moment, so it might be a little later…

  2. I ended up here after you commented on a post on our blog (thanks!) and then found this link in your blog. I always shoot in manual, unless I shoot people outside who are moving a lot, in which case I shift to shutter priority. As a Canon shooter I use the Canon 100mm macro (the cheap one, not the L lens) it makes an enormous difference. The strawberry photo you liked in our recent post was shot with the 100mm. If you want to try something wild, get yourself a set of extension tubes ($100) and try them with the 105–you’ll get REALLY CLOSE UP! Anyway, your pictures are lovely. I’ll be back.


    P.S. I love your riposte to the guy who said you weren’t showing enough passion for someone buying a new camera. Ha!

    • Thank you, Ken! And thanks for the tip re: extension tubes, I never actually thought about that but will definitely look into it right away!

    • Thank you very much, Sabrina! I very much appreciate both the award as well as being part of the WordPress Family! At this point, I’m overdue passing on two other awards I received for my other blogs, so I’m afraid it will take a while until I can do so with this one….

  3. cjnewlife12 says:

    Best of luck with your photography ventures from one who is passionate about all things photography! Thanks for liking my work! I look forward to seeing more of yours!

  4. Just happened upon your blog and love it! I’m thinking about joining the photo challenge after browsing through your November posts. I’m still a beginner with my Canon Rebel T3i, but I’m hoping to get better – this might be just the push I need!
    xoxo Alexandria

    • Thank you so much! I was challenged by a friend to participate in this challenge, and I’m glad I accepted it! I usually just shoot whatever crosses my lens, and having to fulfill a daily task makes me look at things differently. It’s not called a challenge for nothing, though, as someone reminded me the other day when I said it’s not that easy. Need me to give you that final push?? 😀

  5. Hi Kiki! You have such a beautiful and inspiring blog! Your photography is truly amazing, your type of composition is delicate and I love the color tones in your photos. You are a very good finding 🙂 Keep shooting!

  6. Hi Kiki, Thanks for contacting me. We did indeed forget to excange names on Saturday.
    Your blog looks great. Awesome photos!
    Maybe we can go shooting some time in Stuttgart.
    Gut Licht ( 🙂 ),
    Christiane (Chrissy)

    • Thanks, Chrissy! Going shooting together would be great – just send me an email whenever you feel like going!
      Gut Licht 😀 – hast du das erfunden, nachdem der Pfarrer am Samstag danach fragte, oder gibt’s das wirklich?

  7. I love your blog you’ve got amazing photos congrats! I’m also a photography lover here you have my site in case you people want to check it and maybe we can follow each other. Good luck!

  8. I just received a Nikon D5500 as a gift (yes, at age 47 my parents still support me and treat me to such things!!) and I’m determined to start shooting in manual mode. I think your blog will provide me the inspiration and motivation I need to keep shooting and practicing – thank you!

    • Oh, there’s no shame in accepting gifts of that kind! Even if I can afford buying my own stuff I wouldn’t say no to a treat like that 😀

      Hope my blog won’t disappoint you with the inspiration and motivation stuff… I often feel like I’m not doing “proper” photography because I shoot so many trivial things and little mundane details, but you always have to tell yourself that if it’s good enough for you, then it has to be good enough for other people. At some point you look back on your older pictures and realise they’re not good enough anymore, but that will be because you’ve made progress and gotten better!

      Have fun with your new camera!

      • Thanks Kiki! I was out and about all day today playing with it and now have to see what the photos look like – I’m a little nervous! I just tried a variety of things today to see what difference it would make. It makes one really appreciate the fact that photographers are true artists!

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