Before the Nikon DLSR was the Kodak point and shoot. Not a bad little camera for the technology at the time. The photography bug had bitten, but I had not realized how much I really needed a DLSR to learn the craft. Yes, composition and eye are more important than equipment. But the right tool for the right job is equally valid.
Below is the sixth photo taken with the Kodak. Murphy was a great chocolate lab and had amazing photogenic qualities. He’ll be a frequent object of these stories.
Below could, arguably, be called an artistic shot. I’ve gone through the hundreds of images taken with the Kodak and concluded that it does a pretty good job of documenting an event. But that’s about it.
Some of the driving factors to getting a DLSR are shown here. I’ve always appreciated close up work and macro work. but when you can’t manually focus the lens and control the depth of field to any degree, its time to move on. I spent a lot of time trying to get close up shots of some detail. And most of them turned out like the crab apples below. The fruits are blown out and poorly focused. Everything has a sheen of light on it except for the shadow, probably me, and looks like the light balance is off.
Later stories will be on images taken with the Kodak. But those will be more from the emotional importance or documenting an event idea, not quality photography.