Above/featured: Winter morning at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver – 22 Dec 2020 (X70).
Frankly, I don’t know why I waited so long.
For the longest time, I thought photography wasn’t for me. But the curiosity of making images would soon win me over.
My late-entry to photography means I have some regrets not having any images when I lived in Toronto and in Germany. After I moved to Minneapolis, I asked friends and colleagues for some advice, and by 2015, I purchased a compact Canon point-and-shoot camera. I pushed the limits of that camera, and I realized very quickly the kinds of images I wanted to make were beyond what the camera could manufacture. I needed greater flexibility and capability to adjust aperture- and exposure-values, and within three years, I moved “up” to a Canon camera with a crop sensor (450D).
I learned quickly I wanted a broader range of focal lengths, which led me to acquiring a couple of extra lenses. I pushed the 450D very hard, including my year-long around-the-world (RTW) journey in 2012. The shutter died the next summer in Prague, and with my investment of glass within the Canon camera-system, I moved “up” to a Canon camera with a full-frame sensor (6D1) in early 2014. With a larger sensor providing greater sensitivity to low-light, I feel the camera has furnished great images under a variety of conditions. But the 6D1 camera and complement of lenses can be bulky and heavy to carry around for an entire day, and I was feeling “burned out” by the camera-and-lens combination’s larger footprint and weight.
In early 2018, I pondered the idea of a more portable camera, and I decided on a lightly-used Fujifilm X70 mirrorless camera. I brought the 6D1 and the X70 on trips to Europe and the U.S. Southwest to experiment with both cameras, and to understand which device was ideally suited for different environments in different places. The 6D1 still has its place for what I want to photograph, but I discovered a different level of fun and versatility with the X70 with its light weight and small compact size. The X70 isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot easier to carry the X70 into the streets than with the 6D1.
I don’t know what happens next, but there are lots of possibilities for further projects in locations near and far.
From a total of over 200-thousand exposures over 4 cameras, I show below 4 images for each of the following devices:
- Canon PowerShot A510 (A510): 2005–2008.
- Canon EOS450D / Rebel XSi (450D): 2008–2013.
- Canon EOS6D mark1 (6D1): 2014–present.
- Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime (X70): 2018–present.
Canon PowerShot A510: 2005–2008
Canon EOS450D/Rebel XSi: 2008–2013
• Total actuations/shutter exposures: over 75-thousand.
• RTW journey: over 36-thousand images, from 27 Dec 2011 to 14 Jan 2013.
• The 450D: 75000 important clicks with my camera.
Canon EOS6D mark1: 2014–present
• Total actuations/shutter exposures: over 99-thousand (ongoing).
• Progress with Canon, from 450D to 6D.
Fujifilm X70: 2018–present
• Total actuations/shutter exposures: over 30-thousand (ongoing).
• My Fuji X70: from Austria to the US Southwest.
I made all images above between 2005 and 2021. I’ve left out images made with a 2nd- and 4th-generation iPod Touch. Acknowledgements to Amy for LAPC no. 133 in the week of 30 Jan-5 Feb 2021. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-kdZ.