It doesn’t seem that long ago, but it really was when I bought my first SLR. I was in college between my junior and senior years. I had caught the photography bug in a basic class I took as an elective for my print journalism major. It cost me about $400 to buy a Canon Rebel at Milford Camera that summer.
The camera store gave me a roll of film to test the camera, including free processing. So I took the camera to Short Beach in Stratford, Conn., a place I spent a lot of time as a teenager during the summer. It was the closest beach I liked to where I grew up. Plus you had the added feature of being near the airport and could see the planes taking off or landing. I’m not quite sure what ever happened to the photos, but it was an overcast day at the beach. One of my photography professors said those overcast days are sometimes better for shooting photos. Direct sunlight, especially in the middle of the day, can be the enemy of a photographer, he told us.
Last weekend I was back at Short Beach for a few hours, and the morning was still overcast. I had my camera with me and shot a few photos. I was reminded of that first day with my first camera. Much has changed since then. I shoot with a digital camera, not film. It’s the third SLR I’ve owned. I can easily convert a color photo to a black and white while a decade ago I had to shoot with black and white film. Plus Milford Camera closed its doors for good a few years ago.
Update: My buddy Charles Pillsbury expanded on his comments below in his blog. Find it by clicking here.