November 17, 2000. I took my first digital photograph on that day. I had purchased a Kodak DC290 to see if I would like this “digital” work flow. I bought it used off of eBay, I’m not sure how much I spent, somewhere around $350 – $400, maybe more. It had a 2.3 million pixels, 100 ISO only, 1901 x 1212 image size. No raw just jpeg or tiff. I was in heaven.
Sense then I have owned a D30, then 2 – 20Ds all used. My first “pro” lens was the Canon 24 – 70 “L” series. I about had a heart attack dropping $1200 on “a lens”. But, when I saw the results, I was helplessly hooked. My first new camera was my Canon 7D. Instant wood.
I still have all my cameras except the DC290. I don’t know why I’ve kept them instead of selling them. I guess it’s because they served me well and it’s kind of a reminder of where I’ve been and where I’m going.
Why all this goings on about my person photography history? Yesterday, marks the day that, I have shot more than 100,000 photographs. 100,075 to be exact. During this time it have been my good fortune and my honor to meet and work with such talented, dedicated and just good people. Without you, I would not grown to be the photographer or the person, I am today. And for this I am grateful.
I have learned quite a bit from those early days. However, the biggest lesson I’ve taken away from all this is…that I don’t know, what I don’t know. Realizing that I still have everything to learn, makes it all the sweeter. I look forward to the next 100,000 and beyond.
My 1st pro camera. A Canon A-1.
Next was my Canon F-1. I bought this for $75 because it was broken. $100 to fix it and it was good to go