The next step for me was the digital realm.
In 2004, as we were planning our next vacation, we decided on Lake Tahoe. We had been there several times in the past, between 1986 and 1989, when I was stationed at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento. Now years go by and now we are back on the East Coast. I wanted my kids to see the beauty and vast scenic views of the Sierra Nevada’s and Yosemite. To record our journey, my choice at the time was Canon, for no particular reason. I was pretty damn nervous, spending close to $1,400 on a camera and lens (ended up being a kit). I had to teach myself all the new jargon and terminology associated with digital photography. Oh, by the way, it was a Canon 20D, 8.2 megapixel, semi-professional DSLR. I think one of the biggest hurdles, for me at least at that time, was getting used to the fact that I didn’t have to keep track of ‘shot count’ to replace the film! The only ‘film’ I had worry about was going from a 56MB capacity compact flash to maybe a 1GB capacity and at what capacity/format I chose to record the data (small, medium, large…etc.). Later on I also learned that the read/write speeds of the cards could be just as important.
Recording data, that’s what photography has turned into now, and it’s great! The art of photography has diversified in all sorts of directions!
That means I have a lot more to learn.