Monday, June 16, 2008

The start of something new

Welcome! This is a work in progress, and will develop over time. But for now, this is a a beginning of what I hope will be a place for photographers to meet and share their work, and just exchange ideas. My primary audience is for those that have yet to make the complete jump to digital photography. I myself have dabbled with digital, but personally don't own a digital camera. As a family we started out with a point and shoot digital, which served us well, especially for recording events as the kids were growing. When that camera died, I purchased a digital SLR for my wife. Primarily for her to use for her children's clothing designing business. So its really her camera, and I have only used it once for just fun and experimentation.

I have had several different cameras over the years, and will probably delineate those at some later date. My pride and joy was the Nikon FM that I purchased when I was a high schooler. I later added a Nikon FE. I had several lenses and loved what I could do with the equipment I had. For some reason when marriage and kids came along, this equipment just sat up on the shelf. I went through a serious drought of inspiration. So eventually sold every last scrap of photo equipment I had. For some reason I don't really regret it. I don't miss those particular cameras. I feel like I can use just about anything right now to make photographs. Currently I have a Yashica range finder
camera and a really, really old Minolta SLR. I haven't done a lot with the Minolta yet, and have even contemplated selling it and the lenses I have for it to possibly make that jump to digital SLR. But haven't yet. So I am in a sort of limbo photographically. I don't ever seem to have the time I want to devote to taking pictures. I always seem to see what I'd like to photograph while I'm zooming down the road at 60 mph on my way to a job that gives me absolutely NO fulfillment.

So, with out any further ramblings for this time around. I thought I'd share a photo. I have had a batch of old slides scanned so that I could have a means of being digital without having a digital camera. This is a shot of a canyon wall along the Texas - Mexico border. The name escapes me, but the water you see is the Rio Grande river. This may be Santa Elena canyon or perhaps Boquillious Canyon (my apologies for the spelling). This picture was probably taken back in either the mid 1980's or possibly the last trip I took to Big Ben National Park some time in the late '90's. The original was in color. I used PhotoShop to make it B&W. This would have been take with one of my Nikon's.

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