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Pensacola Florida, US Navy, 1971.

That is when I got my first camera, a very used Canon FX.  Now for anyone not acquainted with this camera; the meter, was placed ( outside ) on the top left of the body making it less then perfect.

( put camera to eye, compose, take from eye, look at meter, set, put camera back to eye….. )

I didn’t keep it long, ( about 3 days I think ) I traded for a FTb QL and kept it for the next 10 years.  I was hooked.

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By the 80’s I was doing weddings and news paper stringer work but some time around 2007 I sold all my gear ( by now it was a whole system built around a Nikon F3 HP) and simply stopped shooting.  I don’t know why I did that.

Fast forward to Christmas 2013, my youngest ( a photographer by the way ) gave me a Nikon D80 with a kit lens. I shot some, put it away, shot some, put it away, yeah like that, enthusiastic is not a word I would use here.

Definition of Bored:

bored [bawrd]


tired and impatient: tired of and slightly annoyed by a person or situation that is not interesting, exciting, or entertaining.


March, 2016 ; I’m bored !


I decide at this time, for no particular reason, to get out the D80, dust it off and do a few shots.  I get on Youtube, for no particular reason, and start watching videos on photography.

(During my various YouTube visits I came across Mike Brownes video on Clickasnap )

Almost by chance;  I don’t know maybe it was fate, I see a little documentary on Netflix called “ Finding Vivian Maier.” I’m hooked again.

I get on eBay and start looking for gear.  I want to do street and the Nikon is just too big and nosey.

I do some research and end up getting a Fujifilm X20. ( saving up to get it’s big brother, the X100s )

So, there you go, that’s how I got started and this is where I’m at now. I’m far from being where I want to be and I may never get to that place but isn’t it the journey to get there the thing that really matters.

Sept, 2016 GLR

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  • Reply
    Greg Johnston
    September 14, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Hi Gary. Great post. Just wanted to say that over the last few years I too have been inspired by Mike’s YouTube tutorials. They are brilliant. So down to earth and informative.

    • Reply
      September 16, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Think you and yes I agree that Mike has very good tutorials out there.

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    Joanne Collicott McGuigan
    September 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Gary. I could relate to your post on starting something, then losing interest, only to pick it up again years later after a little inspiration. It is good to hear you started shooting again.

    • Reply
      September 16, 2016 at 2:34 am

      Think you, a little inspiration can go a long way.

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