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.
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:
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
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.
Think you and yes I agree that Mike has very good tutorials out there.
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.
Think you, a little inspiration can go a long way.