I’ m Fotios Papadopoulos born in Thessaloniki in 1968. I studied Architecture Engineering in the Polytechnic School of Aristoteles University in my hometown.
My interest in photography started in my early teenage years when I used my fathers Agfa Camera. As soon as I gathered some money, I bought my first camera, a Canon A1. In the early days I was interested in nature, like flowers & gardens. Being a city child, Nature and Environment was a fascinating subject that had potentials I was eager to explore. During my Architectural studies I organised a dark room and started developing b&w films and printing my own photos.
The digital era came and found me in a confusion. Should I embrace the “new movement” or stick to the “real art”? Using compact digital cameras, mostly for family pictures, I realised the great potential of storing the images and organising them in photo libraries. It was the time to by my first DSLR, the Canon 400D with the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. Since the beginning I invested on the L series Lenses, so that one day I can afford to buy a full frame camera. That’s why I bought the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM for general use. Then I got the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro in order to continue shooting close ups of my favourite subject, flowers. I found out that is a great portrait lens too. Lastly, for a zoom lens, I got the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. For a few years I used the Canon 50D and finally, I bought the Canon 6D with which, I rediscovered the full capabilities of my lenses.
As an “old timer” I like to prepare my composition and get the correct exposure in few shots. I usually get two or three shots of the same composition and that is just for being “safe”. My favourite subject is still flowers, because I like walking around gardens to get the shots. I also shoot landscapes trying to include in the frame threatening clouds ready for rain or peaceful ships waiting for resupply in Thessaloniki’s harbour. I pretty like street photography but I find many problems in our days, because people are afraid of the big cameras. Although they are photographed by a thousand strangers phones. I have experienced this stress of people when they are in front of a “real” camera. I fully understand their hesitation but I still cannot understand their different reaction between a camera and a mobile phone app.
This page was created so that people can see how I see life through my camera. I am and will continue to be as honest as it gets between my camera and the subject I am shooting.