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*How i would describe my goal*
Only a fraction of the camera's possibilities interests me - the marvellous mixture of emotion and geometry, together in a single instant. - Henri Cartier-Bresson - Aperture 129, Fall 1992

*And how i try to achieve it*
Of course it's all luck. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

(Quotes from here)

*CONTACTS* - I can't handle multitudes. I am slow and i want to be slow. To admire a good photo needs some time. So does commenting. I think with over 100 contacts i have more already than i can reasonably follow. So please understand that i can't put you on my list just because you do this with me. But when you do comment on my stream i will always try to visit yours, too. And from time to time i will take people off my list so i can add new ones. Don't take this personal.

*FAVORITS* - I consider my favorits as a collection of pictures that really touch me. Thus i am rather selective. If you like my photos, you will love my favorits. Just use the link below and enjoy for yourself!
Collin Key - View my favorites on Flickriver

*COPYRIGHT* - Most of my photos have a Creative Commons copyright which means you can use them for non commercial purpose if you set a link back to my stream. But please leave me a note in the comment section if you did so.
Some pictures, however, stand strictly under full copyright - no use in any way without my permission. Please accept this.

Most pictures are not uploaded to Flickr with full resolution. If you need better quality just ask me.

*EQUIPMENT* - Nikon Coolpix 5400 - rather a snapshot camera to nowadays standards, usually handheld. Photoshop CS3.
Since summer 2010 i own a Canon EOS 7D with two lenses, EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. Plus i use PS CS5.

*FLICKR* - You are great, really! From the day i started i was overwhelmned by the diversity and quality of your photos. I have learnt so much from you! And i am thankful for your audience. But frankly, i think we should be much more critical in our comments. So if you see a fault or have an advice, please just tell it!

*LINKS* - Lately i have started a new account reserved solely for pictures from the virtual world.
Some clips of mine can be found on YouTube.
There are also video clips of my son (15).

Well, i am German, a single father of three sons, the two younger ones living with me. I can't remember when i started with photography. I never took any kind of courses or so. Once i followed the 'hippie trail' to India and around the world. Ever since travelling has been a passion of mine. Much of my photography is done 'on the road'.

*Proud of*

Food of Love
1st place in Karma's Nominated Photo Contest (November 08)
3rd place in The Unforgettable Photographer's Constest 'My favorite shot from 2008' (December 08)
1st place in Dragon Dagger Awards' contest 'Winners Gallery' (December 09)
1st place in Dragon Dagger Awards' contest 'Food' (January 2010)
3rd place in 'Emotional Portraits' contest of 'Heart &Soul Photography' (April 2011)

Jaw's Harp (Muria 6)
Picture of the month in the group Vernissage (May 2010)
First Place of 85th Winners Gallery contest of Dragon Dagger Awards (May 2010)

Sunflowers: Lost Souls (gold)
3rd place in Karma's Open Theme Contest (October 08)
Winner in The Unforgettable Pictures Group's Contest 'Light' (November 08)

On Top of the World (1978)
Winner in Best Candid Photos of Children's Group Icon Contest(September 08)

Child Care (Muria 11)
Among the Top Three Knights of the Week in Noble Spirit Group (May 2010)

Tender Twins (2)
Third place in monthly contest of I love Horses and All God's Creatures' group (June 2011)

Winner in The Unforgettable Photographer's 'The Unforgettable Weekend Showcase' (January 09)

Homeward Bound 1
3rd place in Karma Open Theme Contest, March 09

*Admin of*

I left most of the groups that i used to be admin at. So now i am active admin only at our
Black Pearls.

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    _Morten says:

    "I've been meaning to do this for a while. Collin deserves it.

    Collin is the kind of photographer that pays attention to details. Not only in his own work, but also when giving feedback and recommendations to others. And even when the comments aren't all roses, his humour and happy being makes everything seem fine. And that is the only constructive way to criticize other peoples work. In fact, Collin is a nice guy - he's a nice guy, and a very good mate.

    When it comes down to photography, Collin is clever. Whether it is regarding choosing the right location, technique or editing, everything just seems to turn out stunning. Critique he handles equally as well, always improving.

    I'm proud to have you among my friends, Collin."

    27th November, 2009

Collin Key
July 2008
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
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