Today we present to you Bosko Palanacki, aka Bole. He sees himself only as a hobby photographer, an amateur, whose hunger for knowledge continues to grow even after so many years of being into photography. Of all the branches of photography, he enjoys best framing landscapes and architecture.
Bosko’s first encounter with photography dates back to his elementary school, and he owns it mostly to his neighbor, a sport journalist. The magic began by pressing the shutter release button of a Canon AE-1, whose sound he remembers even today. This may sound like a hackneyed phrase to many, but I must admit that from time to time I, too, reach for an old analog camera waiting in the cupboard… just to hear its sound. Some sounds we’ll simply never forget.
After a couple of years, he got his first camera, a Zenit TTL, as well as two color-negative films. This is where he learned his first lesson: “Always read instructions carefully before operating the camera.” After a couple of shot films and impatiently expecting the results, a terrible disappointment waited for him in a photo store: “We never saw something like this… Out of two regular films, you got only one successful shot.”
At that time, he was sure it hadn’t been his fault, but the camera’s… perhaps because it was Russian. Later he realized, in the same store as a matter of fact, that he didn’t have a necessary battery for the light meter inside the camera. You remember those times, when the worker in a photo store was the most reliable person of all, sometimes even the only source of information about shooting techniques.
As the time went by, so the experience got wider. Photo literature was pretty rare in those times, forums were nowhere to be found, so the term self-taught carried much greater weight than it’s the case today. Thanks to a goof friend of his, who was into professional photography, Bosko had a chance to meet other, more serious cameras. He had a chance to try out the cameras like the Pentax Asahi 6x7, the Hasselblad 6x6, as well as the panorama format Fuji G617.
His first serious camera from the analog era was the Canon EOS 5, which served him loyally for quite a long time and with which he made a few thousand slides. The digital era at first left him pretty indifferent since he couldn’t relate to the then crop models, nor the prices they were sold at. This continued until the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was introduced, as he didn’t have any more trump cards left with which he’d resist switching to digital photography. He’s a fervent devotee of L lenses, and a proud owner of the models Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM, and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM.
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