One Year Ago, I got my …
Way back in high school we never had a camera club but we did have a journalism class. I had dated one of the girls who did the photography in the class and yes, my first kiss was in the dark room! I can still feel the goose-bumps just thinking about it. While spending many hours in the dark room (wink), I also learned about the basics of film processing! She told me which chemicals to use, proper framing of the pictures, and many other tricks in developing black and white photography. This experience ended up getting me the job of developing all the photos for a local weekly newspaper for about 2 years. At that time I used a free 35mm point and shoot camera for all my crazy little pictures that I took. Then I finally purchased my Nikon 6006 (SLR) back in 1995 and carried this camera everywhere I went. Birds were my passion and using a 400mm was essential for me in capturing them on film. This was also my earlier years of doing Environmental Education and I switched over to taking slide film instead of 35mm film. Using slide projectors were the way of life for so many years and I never thought that would ever change?
One of my last photos taken with my SONY CD Mavica.
It is amazing how the photography technology has changed over the past 10 years and who would have thought that everything would switch over to being done digitally instead of being done with film. Back in high school everyone told me that once I purchase my SLR, very few things change except the quality of film (but you need to pay for the film and processing). Then in 2001, I finally stepped into the digital world with my SONY CD Mavica (point and shoot camera) and had a hard time looking back in using slides and film. Although most of my digital pictures were of butterflies, you could still find both cameras (SLR & digital point and shoot) over my shoulder. The advantage of digital photography was that it was much cheaper since there wasn’t any processing cost. You could just take as many photos as you wanted and then delete the bad ones later. I was starting to catch the bug in using my digital camera for every picture that I would take.
DSC_0001 was my first photo with the D70s
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since I received my Nikon D70s (dSLR). It has been a wonderful year with this camera and I have captured so many wonderful pictures with the camera. I must say that there is no way that everyone’s original theory that digital photography would be much cheaper is true. Once you start adding up the cost of the camera body, digital projector, laptop computer, memory cards, external hard drive, digital lenses, improvement of megapixels (require to get new cameras)! It has only been a year and I am already started thinking about getting a new dSLR (am I bad??). I also have fallen in love with some lenses like Marty’s VR 80-400 f5.6 lens which would help improve the quality of my pictures!! So please feel free to send me some money if you have any extra cash laying around!!
One of my first Dragonfly photos with my D70s
Now this will be my very first Allegany Nature Pilgrimage with my new camera (can I call it new anymore??). This should be a very fun week seeing so many old friends (that I only see during the Audubon weekend) and great to enjoy nature with so many people. I will have my first day of banding on Sunday (CLDC) and Monday (SWAT) for both of the banding stations. Obviously this is a busy time for me and I will do my best to take a ton of photos for everyone to see. I also promise to try to catch up with everyone’s blogs as soon as I can (they will be sitting in my RSS feeds when I get the time)!
Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!