Little by little
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.