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Thoughts, Projects and Stories from our Travels

 

Little by little

Just a tree

Although my passion for photography really began many years earlier, these photo's represent the day my journey into photography really began to take shape. Taken June 7, 2007 at 7:28 am, with my freshly purchased Pentax K100D, this is the first time these photos have seen the light of day. 

Yeah. That's it right there. Taking selfies on day 1

Yeah. That's it right there. Taking selfies on day 1

The K100D wasn't exactly the best camera ever made. Carrying a whopping 6.1 MP on a cropped sensor didn't leave me with many fantastic photos, although I did take A LOT OF THEM. It really amounted to not much more then a plastic toy body that had a mount for decent lenses. Working with mostly 30 year old Pentax lenses my father used in the 70's & 80's didn't help me much either.

Tree

That camera proved to be a valuable learning experience for me. I was able to shoot tons and tons of photos and evaluate them as I shot them. Ever so slowly it allowed me to exercise my photographic eye and tune in to eventually only shooting the photo that I saw in my minds eye. I rarely edited these photos and didn't even know the benefits of shooting RAW (There's something to be said about how I found these in a folder on my external literally named "First Day With Camera"). But over time I learned, little by little. 

Future Wifey

It's interesting to look back at my early photography and take note on how much I've changed but also the motifs that have stayed with me over the years. 

Not my first day but within a few months

Not my first day but within a few months

I still shoot like this

I still shoot like this

Believe it or not this is straight out of camera! I shot through a pair of sunglasses

Believe it or not this is straight out of camera! I shot through a pair of sunglasses

Homeless Girl
Crossing

I'm still out there shooting landscapes and sunsets, people and railroads, although I think my eye has become a little more focused over the years.

I still have that camera and those lenses but doubt I'll ever make much use of them again. The lenses fit my Pentax K1000 35mm camera (what I used in High School before the K100D) so perhaps one day when I decide to shoot film again they'll see some use.

I was actually at work at the time. Those were the days....

I was actually at work at the time. Those were the days....

Poughkeepsie

Until then, I'll be trying to make some use out of those old photos that started my journey down this ever deepening rabbit hole.

Vintage style re-edit

Vintage style re-edit