Myself, wet, with underware

I am German living near Hamburg. Cameras have been my companion since my youth. But only after i joined Flickr photography became definitely serious.

*CONTACTS* - Sorry to say but i am a bad contact. I just can't keep up with the vast numbers of the Flickr universe. I have seen people use different strategies but haven't found a suitable one for me. I just don't want to fave everything i see or write vacuous comments. So chances are that i will not revisit visitors. But be assured that if i write a comment i really mean it.

*FAVORITS* - I rarely fave images - which does not mean that i don't like them. But since the beginning i have considered my favorites as a collection of pictures that peculiarly touched me in some way or the other. A private place for me to start dreaming...

*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.
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* - I started with a small Nikon Coolpix 5400. 2010 i bought a Canon EOS 7D and now finally the EOS 5D Mark iii. At the moment i use two really wonderful lenses namely the EF 16-35mm f/4L and the EF 70-200mm f/4L.

*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!

*Groups* - I am admin of the
Black Pearls, a group for high quality black-and-white photography.

Admins please notice:
1) I do not post to groups which require me to fave. If invited i might post but i will not fave by obligation.
2) I limited the groups i am member of to a reasonable number such that i can take active part in them. If invited i will also post to other groups but i need an admin invite for that.
3) I always award or comment when i post. People really deserve that bit of attention to all the great work they do.

*How it began...*

On Top of the World (1978)
On Top of the World photographed 1978 high up in the Himalayas. Ever since my favorite good mood maker :)

Sunflowers: Lost Souls (gold)
Lost Souls (gold) was my first picture on Flickr to get some comments and group invitations.

Food of Love
Food of Love found the most attention ever. 2012 it was selected among 50 others for the public exhibition of the International Istanbul Photo Contest.
And btw - it was shot with the Nikon Coolpix... ;)

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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."

    November 27th, 2009

Collin Key
July 2008
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
I am:
Collin Key
collin.key [at] gmx.net