Positives & Negatives

I love shooting photos. When I travel, I’ve always got my Canon and lenses in tow. And when I get my bonus this next year, I have plans to get a Canon 100-400mm lens. It’ll put me back a pretty penny, but it’s the last piece of equipment that I’ll need for a while. (No comments from the peanut gallery about fixed focal lenses v. zoom lenses… I’ve had back surgery, I reserve the right to carry as few lenses as possible to keep the overall weight as light as possible.) At some point I need to invest in a faster 28-80mm lens (for one thing Canon has discontinued the one I currently own, and have owned since 1997), but for the time being the one I have will do.

Anyway, I’ve been shooting photos since I was a kid. My parents let us heft the Canon A-1 (that sucker is heavy) and shoot photos whenever we asked. My folks later let me schlep this camera all over Germany and then to USC when I was a student.

When I owned my own graphic design business, my first big purchase was my Canon Eos Elan IIe, said discontinued 28-80mm lens, and a 100-300mm lens. I toted that camera to USC football games, any and all baseball games (including the 2002 World Series between the Angels and the Gnats), and anywhere I went until I replaced the Elan in 2007.

With no idea I would be laid off three months later, I used part of my bonus in 2007 to buy my Canon 5D. I’d threatened to buy a digital SLR for a few years, but always found a more practical use of my bonus. When the opportunity arose to take a trip to Washington, D.C. with Julie (my sis), Ethan (one of my bros), Adri (my dear sis-in-law), and our friend Katie, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally bite the bullet and upgrade my camera. Had I known then what I know now I probably would’ve done something “practical”–I’m so happy I didn’t know! This camera has been in the West Wing of the White House, traveled to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, been to the Alamo, gone to Europe, and traversed the east coast from Virginia to Maine… among other things.

Anyway, I started a new section on my weight loss blog that was just for fun… photos I’ve shot over the years–decent, good, and stellar–and some of the stories that accompany them (like a toad exiting our bathroom and hopping all the way across the room and out the door of our motel–true story). But it quickly got out of hand and took up too much room. Enter The Photo Reel.

This won’t be a daily post, but as photography is one of my passions, I thought it would be fun to share some of my photos every now and again–and the stories behind them. And since the backlog of images dates back to when I was about twelve years old, I can tell you what type of camera and lens I was using, but I have no clue what speed the film was (it was probably Kodachrome (film or slide) by Kodak or Ilfa (if it’s black and white)), nor the aperture at which it was shot. For the purists, I’m sooo sorry, but I don’t pay a lot of attention to the F-stop either. For as much as I love photography, I don’t worry about these particulars.

It doesn’t bother me if you’re bothered… I enjoy my photos and it gives me the opportunity to share that enjoyment with anyone else who appreciates photography, travel, and such. And since it’s my blog, well, I get to decide what I’m going to do! (I don’t think this is an abuse of my blogger-person privileges, just a flexing of my blogger-person muscles!)

I can tell you a lot more about the hardware used to shoot these photos:

  • Canon A-1, Canon 28-80mm, Canon 70-210mm (all older than me!)
  • Canon Eos Elan IIe, Canon 28-80mm, Canon 100-300mm (1997/1998-2008)
  • Canon Eos 5D Mark II, Canon 28-80mm, Canon 100-300mm (5D is 2008-present, lenses are 1997/1998-present)

Since some stuff is old and other stuff is new, there is no real rhyme or reason as to the order in which it’s being posted… and if there is a series of photos (like my 1994 Germany trip, the 2008 Washington, D.C. tour, the 2010 Olympics, my European tour in 2010, or my east coast swing in 2012), the photos are categorized by subject. That means the list will continue to grow as I continue to travel and shoot photos… (keep in mind I have oodles of travel planned for the next few years, too!).


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