I started with Photography when I was a teenager by the time I was 15 I had my own darkroom that I could develop black and white 35mm film and print pictures up to 8X10 in B/W. I kept buying cameras and spending most of my money on photography until after I got out of the navy. I did not have a good place to have a darkroom after school so I shot mostly slides. I never wanted to be a Pro Photographer those guys work too hard for a living.
When Digital came out I bought the first reasonably priced Kodak digital camera it took very low rez pictures but still was great to use and I could then use the computer to develop them. I eventually bought my first really expensive camera a Canon 20D. I never could get a constantly good picture with the camera do to its horrible low light performance, but if you had full sun it worked great. I took it on a hike in Death Valley up the side of a mountain and although the pictures were great the heavy camera was a real pain I decided I needed a lighter camera for hiking.
I bought a fixed lens Sony camera DSCV-HX50V the pocket sized camera took pictures that blew away the canon. Every picture was usable it was like a revelation. Many times I have seen the saying that “it’s not the equipment it’s the photographer that takes great pictures”. Well BULL if you have a crappy camera you take crappy photos.
I was so thrilled with my pictures I bought a refurbished Sony A6000 and some lenses. This was even better now I could change lenses and almost every picture from no visible light at all to full sun was great. I still like the camera almost as much as my new one.
About a year later I saw the Sony fan boys having orgasms over the new A7R2 full frame. What a fantastic camera and I went all in buying the extremely expensive camera and lenses you need for FF. I now believe I have the ultimate camera I can’t believe that any changes improvements in the next version would be worth buying. There are a few things I would like but all in all it is the perfect camera. Of course my idea of getting a lighter camera went out the window. The new camera with a 14 to 240 mm zoom probably weighs more than the Canon 20D. Oh well I still have the wonderful A6000 and the HX camera too.
Since I retired I found I like to walk in the woods "Walk" not really hike… I love to take my camera walk slowly and find pictures to take. I am still not the greatest photographer but I am always learning and taking photos. This site is just a natural extension of my love for walking, photography and computers.
Please feel free to email me with your favorite places to take pictures and I will put them on the site if I ever catch up.
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