Growing up I was influenced by my Grandfather Twitchell, who absolutely loved Polaroid cameras (immediate gratification!), and my Dad, who studied lenses and used light meters to take photos when he was hunting on horseback in the Cascade and Blue Mountains. I received my first “good” camera, a Kodak Instamatic, for Christmas when I was in high school.
It was easy to use, had flashcubes and took reasonable snapshots. In those days getting film processed was expensive and inconvenient. One didn’t take pictures just for the heck of it! After college I got my first Olympus and later added wide angle and telephoto lenses. Again, the film needed to be processed and was fairly costly. I don’t remember the make of my first DSLR, however I remember loving the convenience of downloading photos and the sense of being liberated to take as many snaps as I cared to!
As my personal reward upon retiring in 2012, I studied articles and reviews to find the next DSLR for me. It is the same one I use today, and the comments from owners turned out to be spot-on. It is lightweight, has enough power for the kind of photography I am keen on, and is easy to operate.
Once in a while I say, I’m going to learn how to use all these other features, however it hasn’t happened yet. I just set it on auto for the circumstances – usually outdoor nature scenes, and snap away.
If photography were my only passion, I believe I would be more studious. However, this is one of many creative outlets for me, including writing prose & poetry, and drawing.
When I’m on walks with Jello in Vancouver WA, I don’t carry my Panasonic, depending instead on my iPhone 7. At Long Beach, weather permitting, I always have the Panasonic with me. When it’s raining, I reluctantly leave it behind and rely on the iPhone.
Thank you Lens-Artists all for challenges that help me learn more about photography, and prompt me to consider challenging myself to be more diligent!
Wishing everyone safe harbor, as we navigate onward. Mask-up and stay safe.🐾