The Digital Revolution:


The first time I used a digital camera was to photograph finished paintings under tungsten studio light in 1999. The camera was a 1.3 megapixel Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD85, if I remember correctly. A painter friend and I had to "sign it out" from the photography/film department for 24hrs. Needless to say this camera was S-L-O-W and LOW resolution.


The first digital camera that I purchased was a 3.1 megapixel Fuji Fine Pix S602 Zoom. This was a good camera that I used to take a series of my family farm titled "Hiawatha" in 2001, which was later exhibited at the Tallyn's Reach Library when it was just opening. I don't think I have images of that series anymore, as the hard drive containing the works burned in the High Park Fire of 2012. The Fuji produced nice color and detail, and it was pointed out to me by my brother that having a fixed zoom might be slightly limiting as compared to a digital SLR.


A couple of years later in 2004, I was able to purchase a 6 megapixel Canon 20D with a kit zoom lens. I still have this camera and use it along with a couple of nice lenses by Sigma and Tamron. This fully featured SLR was my introduction to modern digital photography. It can pretty much operate in any situation, within reason, and produce reliable results. I am happy to still have this camera in working order.

Jump forward several years to 2019, and a 20.3 megapixel Panasonic Lumix G9 came into my life. I got this camera with a nice but inexpensive Lumix 25mm prime lens, and have been amazed at its flexibility and performance. I have enjoyed being given some adapters which allow me to access lenses from my other cameras into this mirrorless wonder's glass line up.


Photography in any form is an interesting and challenging endeavor in my opinion, and it is a joy to be able to have access to different manufacturers and models of cameras over the years. It is worth mentioning that I got an iPhone in 2010 or so, and have utilized these pocket photo makers on a daily basis ever since. What a great ever-ready device for "all times", as the best camera is the one you have on you, right?


Of course it is worth mentioning the necessity of post processing. Digital work requires adjustments after the picture is taken, just as with film when prints are made in the dark room. Sometime it takes quite a bit of refinement to get the image looking as close to what it looked like in the environment it was taken in, as observed by one's own eyes. I have a good memory for color space and enjoy ending up with pictures that look like my recollection of the time or experience.

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