Franz Kelsch

FranzPhotography – Life Long Passion

For over 40 years I have had a passion with photography. As with any other passion, it tends to dim as it is replaced by other interests, but then it comes back again just as strong.

As an engineer I tend to be quite interested in the gear I am using.  As a web developer, I enjoy using the computer to post process the images and to share those on the internet.

What I Like to Photograph

  • Landscapes
  • Pro Cycling Events
  • Video Mountain Biking
  • Portraits (Family Members)

Equipment I Currently Use

  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon 16-35 mm f/4 lens
  • Nikon 24-120 mm f/4 lens
  • Nikon SB800 flash
  • GoPro 2 video

Software I Use

  • Adobe Lightroom 5
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Nik Software PLugins
  • Apple Final Cut Pro for video

My Photography History

My first 35 mm camera was a rangefinder model. I don’t recall the exact brand but it had no built in metering. You focused by looking through the viewfinder and watching two overlapping images move towards each other as you changed the focus. My first flash unit unfolded like a fan and you inserted a flash bulb into it. That was good for a single flash and had to be replaced.

I recall when I bought my first single lens reflex (SLR) which had the ability to change the lenses. There was still no built in metering. When we bought film there was a paper insert inside the box that told you how to set the exposure based on the type of lighting. I still recall that on a sunny day you would use 1/125 of a second shutter speed and a f-stop of 16. It worked remarkable well.

The next model SLR had a light meter, but it was basically an external meter that helped you set the exposure. The next model allowed for metering through the lens, which was great in case you were using something like a polarizing filter.

I expanded into medium format cameras to get the larger image and sharper print. I even built my own darkroom and would develop film there and make prints, including even some color prints. The chemicals had a smell to them, but it was an exciting time. Watching a black and white image appear as you slip the paper into the developer was always exciting.

It has been a steady stream of changes in the cameras, maybe less so in the lenses. Digital has now replaced film for most photographers. Modern cameras do most all of the settings for you. Lenses are mostly zoom and you can change the focal length without changing the lens.

What has not changed is the artistic aspect of photography. Principles of subject and composition remain unchanged. Modern cameras make it possible for most anyone to have an in-focus, properly exposed image, but it may be an image that only the photographer would want to look at. The darkroom has been replaced by the computer. The instant gratification of the old Polaroid cameras is no longer needed.

I have always felt that it was the combination of the artistic and the technical that makes for a great photograph. I am not sure I have ever achieve that so I keep taking pictures, hoping someday that I will.


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  1. Congratulations! Very impressive ride by you and Ann. I am impressed with the way you two worked together and the results you achieved. Best wishes, Al

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