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Monthly Archives: June 2019

For 35 years, there’s been a bit of fire for photography in my heart. It started with pictures such as this one. As you may see elsewhere on this site, I enjoy model building, particularly models of military aircraft. This photo was taken some time around 1984, at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C., as a reference photo.

The camera was my Dad’s Canon 35mm camera, I believe it was (is) an FX he had bought in Japan while on leave while serving in Vietnam. He had the camera and what seemed like a plethora of lenses that fit it and by this time, he was occasionally allowing me to use it.

It seems like the light meter was a needle in a circle thing, which I had the hang of but was frustrating. Film was expensive, I was shooting quite a bit indoors, and then there was the processing…I’d spend half of what I made in a week on that and gas and parking to get a handful of decent usable shots.

But I liked those shots.

So a short couple of years later while prowling the local mall with a fellow airman, I found a 35mm Minolta at Montgomery Wards with a couple of zoom lenses for an amount that I couldn’t afford. It was then that I applied for my first credit card. I ran a lot of film through that camera and have boxes of prints an negatives to prove it!

I learned a LOT with that camera, enjoyed some macro photography, got some good photos of the kids, and spent a fortune on film and processing.

Then along came my introduction to the DSLR with a Canon Rebel XT. Oh my God! I could take as many photos as I wanted and just delete the crap. This was heaven. I actually learned a lot more with this camera, and occasionally delved into Av and Tv modes to play around a little. It served me well for a lot of years, and I have passed it on to my daughter Sam.

So now I have a Canon Rebel T7i.

It’s amazing. Amazing enough to make me want to take some classes to learn how to use it more to it’s potential. I’m starting to get pretty good.

And that’s where the problem starts – I start getting good at something and think I can find a way to make money doing it.

Here we go.