As most of you know, I love photography. It is a passion that was reignited while we lived in Việt Nam in 2005-06, the very place where I bought my very first serious camera way back when. It was a Canon FT-QL - -and I still have the camera, along with three lenses I bought at the same time. I learned how to develop my own pictures (still have some of those B&W 8X10 prints), and enjoyed the hobby.
As time passed and the Mystery Guest Blogger and I went on through life paying mortgages, advancing careers, and moving across the country, the passion slowly faded. She too played with the darkroom for awhile, and I bought a new Canon Elan IIe in the 90s, but nonetheless, I didn’t do much. (By the way – if you clicked on the photos to see larger versions, you didn’t get anything bigger – that’s because they are small photos to begin with.)
The humidity of Việt Nam did in the electronic viewfinder of the Konica-Minolta Dimage A-2. It still works, and in fact I used it a few times during the last month I was there. So I splurged when we got home and bought a Canon 30D.
Photography is not for the light of wallet. I’ve tried to compensate for that in some way by doing some freelancing for the local weekly newspaper, but that is hardly big bucks. Maybe I can sell an occasional print to a high school kid I took a picture of during a game. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t want to make a living this way – I just want to be able to buy more toys.
As I mentioned last week, I won an eBay auction for a new lens. Of course, I had to see if it worked, so off I went to find a game to shoot. I found some men’s blooper-ball games (slow pitch softball), but the diamonds were completely surrounded by chain link fences. Bummer – that means I had to shoot through the fence.
But, I didn’t think this shot was all bad – and you can click on this one to see a larger version.