Jim Collier

I grew up near Washington, D.C. and have lived in Carlsbad for the last 20 years. Like many photographers I grew up in the world of film, wet darkrooms and prime lenses. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, a Christmas present when I was 11 years old and I got my first SLR in college, a Minolta SRT 101.

In recent years I've gradually "rediscovered" the simplicity and discipline of using prime lenses. Using a fixed focal length forces you to think more about composition, subject and camera settings. I find that I tend to spend more time "thinking" about each shot, resulting in fewer images to process, but a higher "keeper" rate. Primes are also great for street photography, especially in the micro four-thirds (MFT) format. MFT body and primes are quite stealthy for candid street shots and provide good image quality. I still use zoom lenses extensively but make a point to maintain a close relationship with primes. In addition to street photography I enjoy a variety of subjects, especially nature, landscapes, and seascapes. Fortunately, we live in an area that provides plenty of photo opportunities for all of these.