Friday, August 28, 2015

Old and Older

Today's ADAD prompt is "old".
It really started me thinking about what I had that was old,
and what I could use for the prompt, so this story began.
When I was a teenager, my mom had a Canon AE-1 SLR camera.
Having considered myself a photographer since I was around 10 years old,
I learned how to use it to have more control over focusing on the people,
places, or objects that I wanted to photograph.

I owned a stream of point and shoot film cameras into my mid-30's.
In 2002, I purchased my own SLR in the Canon Rebel 2000.
There was a time when I continued to use my Canon Rebel 2000
to develop printed images, but it was a transitional period in photography.
I also had my film images transferred to a CD so I could share my photos online.

In 2004, I went from being underemployed as part time public school
teacher who tutored in the afternoon to not being rehired in the fall of 2004.
I was unemployed from August 2004 until February 2005.
I had adopted Talia, my Sylvia Natterer doll, in the spring of 2004,
and I was glad I did. What saved my mental sanity during that very alone time
was sewing for her and using what little extra money I had left from my
unemployment check to pay to have my film transferred to CD to share online.


Sometime in 2005, after being re-hired by the school district,
I made the transition from my film camera to my first digital camera.
My first digital camera was a Canon Powershot A85.
Once I purchased it, I never finished and developed
the role of film that was in my Canon Rebel 2000.

Digital photography presented a whole new world!
I could take many more photos and upload them to
my computer for sharing immediately! There is room to explore
photography, take 30 photos of the same setting or 250 photos
during a day at the zoo.  There is room to be an obsessive photographer 
instead of a conservative one looking to conserve photos 
on a film role of only 24 photos! Photos can be deleted, and there doesn't
need to be a greater cost than saving any saved batch to a CD or DVD.

My A85 ended up being stored at school,
and eventually went home with one very persistent student.
I still have the last memory card with photos on it, not saved to a CD
like I usually do to save photos and clear my memory card.

I purchased my current Canon Powershot SX110 IS
in July 2009. It increased my zoom ability and the pixels
in my photos. I have gotten a lot of good use out of it, 
but I am now looking for my next camera as I am  having
some image issues I have not had in the past. My 6 year old
Canon Powershot SX110 IS may be at the end of its life,
especially considering how new features are constantly being upgraded.
However, I really love my Canon Powershot and understanding how it works.

I am looking to upgrade it with the Canon Powershot SX410 IS
which has a very similar look and feel, but hopefully can
also upgrade my image quality. The only funny thing about this camera
is that the memory card and battery are specific to the camera,
while the SX110 IS uses an SDHD memory card and 2 AA batteries.
Easy, but no longer working for me.

In a funny twist to this story,
the images I took of my Canon Powershot SX110 IS
were taken on my iPhone5 with the "Camera +" app.
At 2 years old, even my iPhone5 is considered old for
the technology. Old seems to be a matter of perspective.

11 years ago, I photographed Talia with my Canon Rebel 2000 film camera.
I now photograph Ella and my current companions 
with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS.

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