Brett Ryan

Trav­el­ling light and mak­ing the most of lo­cal events keep Brett – and his Nikon – busy!

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I have been ‘play­ing’ with pho­tog­ra­phy for as long as I can re­mem­ber, but it wasn’t un­til I pur­chased my first D-SLR, a Nikon D40, in 2009 that I started get­ting se­ri­ous. I am self-taught, having learned from many a mis­take, and I’ve chal­lenged my­self to con­stantly im­prove.

My wife Kimberly is an ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­pher. She was the driv­ing force be­hind the cre­ation of our web­site, ‘Me­an­der­ing Cu­riosi­ties’, which we set up 18 months ago.

I use a D5000 and a D7100 [1], and on th­ese bod­ies I switch between three lenses: a Sigma 18-250mm for gen­eral shoot­ing [2], a Sigma 10-20mm [3] for widean­gle and fun per­spec­tive work, and my favourite, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 [4], which is per­fect for street pho­tog­ra­phy and low-light work.

When I’m pre­par­ing for a day of shoot­ing I always con­sider the pos­si­ble sub­jects and sit­u­a­tions I might en­counter, and pack ac­cord­ingly. My goal is to be pre­pared for any­thing while not be­ing weighed down. This way I can quickly move from sit­u­a­tion to sit­u­a­tion, and get the shots I want.

One of the things I love about liv­ing in Texas is that there’s so much go­ing on. From east Texas to El Paso and ev­ery­where in between there’s great food, danc­ing, fes­ti­vals, races and more. I’ve shot Re­nais­sance fairs, marathons, car shows, weddings and many other events; the cal­en­dar can fill up quickly with things to see.

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