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In the Beginning . . .

What does an 11- or 12-year-old kid do with the first money he earns as a paper boy? Yeah, buy a camera! I can’t explain it, I just know I bought my first camera in the early 70’s for about eighty bucks, (I think) The Yashica MG-1 rangefinder (with electro-magnetically controlled shutter). The Yashica taught me patience with taking photos along with all the other basics such as ISO/ASA, aperture, long-exposure techniques, over exposure, under exposure and shutter speed (well, this was an aperture-priority camera, which means you set the aperture and the camera sets the appropriate speed for you). I used this thing for about 10 years: through high school as the HS paper photographer as well as contributions to the yearbook(s). It seemed like I was the only family member recording our travels and experiences from Maryland to Canada and everything in between. Yup. All along learning all the basics required for taking pics with a 35mm camera. I never once looked at it as a JOB or a CHORE. I just did it, enjoyed it, and more so, respected the criticism from others either good or bad. I’m not going to bore you with the specs of the MG-1, (you can look it up on your own), but the only discrepancy that I found when researching it was that one site said that the MG-1 was introduced in 1976. Well, I distinctly remember taking pictures off the TV screen as the Apollo 17 lunar rover sped across the moon in 1972. Yes, I geeked out and took pictures of the Apollo missions on the TV.

Next to come, my next progressive move in (about) 1982.

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