Happy Second Day of Autumn!

Leafy

I’ve been want­i­ng to update for a week or so but pro­cras­ti­na­tion always gets the bet­ter of me. But look on the bright side. Those unlucky enough to not have been to our house can see a pic­ture that was tak­en inside our house! Yes, it’s the one up there! You can see one of my pre­cious plants and one of our IKEA table lamps. Well, part of them any­way. Aren’t you lucky? ;)

The pic­ture above was tak­en with the cam­era that end­ed my photographer’s block. You see, after our trip out West in Sep­tem­ber last month year, I kind of lost inter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy. My cre­ative juice just stopped flow­ing. When we went to Win­nipeg in Feb­ru­ary this year, I thought it would inspire me to take a lot of pic­tures. Not real­ly. The trip only gave me the right to brag about hav­ing been in Win­nipeg in win­ter. And then we got busy with the whole find­ing and buy­ing a house thing and pho­tog­ra­phy got put in the back seat under a huge pile of print­outs of house-for-sale ads.

Fast for­ward to Mon­day last week. I was brows­ing around the Intar­web, look­ing at pic­tures peo­ple took, and I was think­ing how awe­some it would be if I had $4,000 lying around to spend on a full-frame DSLR cam­era and a fast lens. But then I remem­bered that all 35mm SLR cam­eras are full-frame and I hap­pen to have one that comes with a fast lens. So I start­ed dig­ging out box­es and box­es of cam­eras to find the cam­era I had in mind. When I found it, I loaded a black and white film into it and start­ed shoot­ing. And I fell in love all over again with pho­tog­ra­phy.

The said cam­era is a Canon AE-1 Pro­gram with a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 lens. It was an impulse eBay pur­chase from Jan­u­ary this year. I think I paid less than $50 for it. Bought it, got it in the mail, learned that it worked per­fect and for­got all about it. Nev­er touched it again until that fate­ful Mon­day. I’ve bought anoth­er lens from eBay for it since, a Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. It just arrived in the mail this morn­ing. I think I’m going to give it a whirl this evening, shoot­ing the land­scape out­side of town at sun­set.

We’re going to a cam­era show next month and I’m hop­ing to be able to find more lens­es for the cam­era. I love how cheap Canon FD lens­es are nowa­days. Cheap and sharp don’t usu­al­ly go togeth­er but in this case, they do, much to my delight. If you want to see some of the pic­tures from the first roll I shot with the cam­era, they’re in this Flickr set. There are still more that I haven’t uploaded yet. Will let you know how the sec­ond roll — which is in colour — turns out. And I’ll def­i­nite­ly bring the cam­era up to the cot­tage over the Thanks­giv­ing week­end next month.

Speak­ing of pho­tog­ra­phy, I’ll have anoth­er pic­ture — a Polaroid — pub­lished in a mag­a­zine soon. Kind of excit­ed about it, even if it’s not the first time. Will brag about it again lat­er once the issue is out and avail­able for pur­chase. Heh. I know, I’m shame­less.

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