The Photographer

I began traveling the world in 2012. However, I don’t have very many photos of those early travels. My primary camera was my phone, and if I wanted a “good” photo, I would use a Canon Powershot point-n-shoot camera I bought secondhand. This latter was actually a fairly capable camera, though years of mistreatment at my hands led to a somewhat murky image quality, especially at full zoom.

After moving to New Zealand, I started a photo blog. It was really just documenting my weekly adventures. But as I continued posting, I discovered that I really actually enjoyed blogging, and furthermore I enjoyed taking the photos and subsequently sharing them with my 1 – 2 readers.

That is why, at the end of 2015, I bought myself a DSLR for Christmas.

It’s definitely an amateur-grade hobbyist camera, but it’s a pretty nice amateur-grade hobbyist camera, and it was a big step up in gear from what I was using before. I still have, and use, this camera whenever my phone camera isn’t good enough (which is a lot of the time since my current phone’s camera is awful, but that’s neither here nor there).

I have since taken some 5,500 shots with this camera (I know this because the camera keeps track, not because I do).

This is the very first photo I ever took with that camera. This is the city of Auckland, as seen from Mt. Eden.

I paid for an extended warranty that covered everything from mechanical failure to accidental droppage, as I knew my adventures could get a little rough-and-tumble and I didn’t want to spend my time worrying about my gear. Case in point, less than a month after buying it I took the camera up Mount Doom (a.k.a. Mt. Ngaruhoe, the mountain used for Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies). The camera survived this trip and all the other ones; I never cashed in on the warranty. I still think it was worth buying just for the peace of mind it brought.

Many of my current hobbies and passions are things I never would have seen myself doing just 10 years ago. It pays to keep an open mind about such things!

(As for photography, I feel like I’m still learning. Maybe after 5,000 more photos or so I’ll actually feel like I know what I’m doing).

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