Digital Camera, Nature Photography, Rocky Mountains

Grateful for Digital Cameras

Peanut with Snow on his Noes
Photo taken with my first SLR camera and scanned – my dog Peanut with snow on his nose circa 1975.

My first “real” camera was a FujiFilm SLR.  I loved it.  I don’t think I ever took it off the automatic setting, and I had to be really careful because film and processing were expensive.  But it started my love of nature photography.

When digital cameras started to hit the market, I bought a Kodak DC series camera.  It was limited in functionality, but it did store photos on a card, so I could take a lot and then have them transferred to a CD.  The first time I went to visit my son at Zion National Park, I spent most evenings waiting in the camera store for them to transfer my photos.

I went through a couple of other Kodak point and shoot with zoom cameras before buying my first Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera.  I was in Heaven!  This could save onto a larger card, and I could take tons of photos before the battery died or the card was full.  I still kept it on Auto.

I gave my son that old Fuji camera, and he sharpened his photography skills with slide film.  I’m actually in the process of transferring those to digital files.  He is excited to be able to see them in a format other than slides.  I told him if he learned to use the camera, I would buy him a digital one.  I bought him a Canon something in the early 2000’s.  And then in 2014, when he wanted a better camera to take on trips, I bought him a Canon EOS 6D.  He will now always have a better camera than I have.  But that’s OK.  He shares his photos with me.

The View of the Rocky Mountains from my Back Deck
A bright, cheery, beautiful morning looking at the Rockies from my back deck

I now have a Canon T7i, and I love it. I have learned to use the functions and controls to improve my photos. No more auto setting for me! Even though my hands are shaky, I manage to take some decent photos. This was my view yesterday morning.

I just recently bought a Canon M5 mirrorless camera because it’s smaller and lighter, and sometimes I have a hard time taking the larger one with me on a long walk.  I haven’t had a chance to really try it out, but I plan to go to Barr Lake this afternoon or tomorrow since it’s supposed to warm up into the 50’s I want to take photos of the progress they are making as they build an ADA accessible fishing pier for their web site.  This is an exciting addition to the park, and it will allow more people to enjoy fishing on the lake.  I’m going to take both cameras, set them the same, take the same pictures, and then compare the photos when I get home.  I will report back on the results.

I’m thankful that I am able to visit and contribute to a place as special as Barr Lake State Park.  If you search my site, there are many photos from Barr Lake.  Take a look and see what I mean!