Photography as a hobby

Jan 29 2017

About and Jan-Willem Kruse

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About shows the best photos (at least that is my opinion) made by myself (Jan-Willem Kruse) and occasionally by other members of our family. Apart from galleries showing our work, I also post articles related to photography.

Our equipment

My first Minolta camera bought in 1988 was updated a few years later when autofocus was introduced. This second camera was mostly used during holidays as developing the negatives and getting prints was expensive. When our children were born I realized I was paying a lot of money for prints, which I could better invest in a digital camera. As the digital camera area had started and became less pricey I bought my first digital SLR camera, the Nikon D100.

A few years later my wife became interested in photography and we decided she would take the Nikon D100 and I bought a new Nikon D200, which had a lot more possibilities and a larger LCD screen at the back. Six years later I bought a Nikon D800, costing a small fortune but I never regretted it. My wife took over the Nikon D200.

Our children got a Nikon D50 as their first camera when I had the opportunity to buy them very cheap. My eldest son bought later a NIkon D5100 from his first earned money and my youngest upgraded from a D50 to a Nikon D80.


  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikon D80


  • Nikon 14-24 mm f/2.8
  • Tamron 28-75 mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 50 mm f/1.8
  • Nikon 105 mm f2.8 Macro
  • Tamron 90 mm f2.8 macro
  • Tamron 150-600 mm


  • Nikon 1.7x

Other material

  • Gitzo carbon tripod
  • Tamrac Super Telephoto Lens Pack 5793
  • LowePro AW100 photo backpack

Since I started using a digital camera I worked developing my photography skills by reading a lot of books, looking at images made by others and be critical about photos I made. Gradually the photos improved and others started to give compliments. Time to show my work to the world on the internet. I started the website to show my portfolio of the nicest photos. Currently I am extending with articles related to show photos via a Piwigo photo gallery and the workflow I use. Also will get articles with respect to scanning negatives and slides in near future.

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