Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Work Work Work

Been busy in the house, so there isn't really a lot to write about.

One thing though, I found our first "real" digital camera. Now we did have one of the first Apple QuickTake Cameras (which I also found). I used it but never really got into the whole digital photography thing, it just didn't really click with me.

Then, my friend got a Sony Mavica that took pictures directly to a floppy disc. We borrowed it several times and that was my real start. By the time we had decided to take the plunge, a Sony Mavica 1000 was available, and that was what we went with. Similar to earlier Mavicas, this one took it's pictures to a small CD. For the time, it was very slick, with a full 10x optical zoom and tons of bells and whistles.

Today I found that same camera, tucked in the back of a closet. Wow, that thing is HUGE! It was still in its' case, with all the accessories and the original receipt. That puppy was $1,300 back in 2000!

But we loved it and took a ton of pictures with it. When we got married, we took the Sony along on our honeymoon (our first trip through the southwest). Of course, this meant we also had to take something to read those CDs, so we hauled our Bondi Blue iMac along with us. Click the computer link and you'll see what we were hauling in those days! But we thought it was wonderful.

Not too long ago, I looked at some of those pictures, and my God, they are really terrible. The quality is somewhat lacking, but mainly, it's the photographer. I guess I would just point and shoot at anything, clueless about composition or anything else.

At least it serves as a reminder that I've gotten a little better in the last dozen or so years.

One other totally unrelated note . . .

The other night, we again watched the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Am I the only one who thinks that if this were released today, Eli Wallach would be a shoe in for an Oscar nomination? A damned near perfect film, with an outstanding performance by a gifted actor.

That's it for today.


Jerry and Suzy said...

Nice to have real evidence of your growth as a photographer! Hang in there, take some more pix with your old camera, your new camera, or any in between, and let us see 'em. Just step out the door, look at something and make a masterpiece picture of it. (I really need to take my own advice!)

Angie said...

This made me laugh because I still have my Sony Mavica 1000 and was recently looking at some photos taken with it. The quality of many of the photos was lacking, but I sold a lot of crap on eBay using photos taken with that puppy (and got to write off the cost on my taxes). Thought about selling it a couple of years ago when they were going on eBay for $100-150, but never got around to it. Now that you've reminded me of it's existence I think I'll take a look at today's eBay potential--if I get around to it. :~)