My Camera Journal - Part 2

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So let's see, sometime around 2004, I bought my first digital camera, the Olympus C5050. Five whole mega-pixels of greatness. This was an awesome little camera. I was taking a digital photography class at the time so it was pretty much a necessity, though funny enough I don't recall thinking that at the time. Maybe I thought I'd just scan all my negatives/prints and work that way. Oh, youth.

Most everyone in class just had point and shoots, but I remember one classmate had a DSLR, which was pretty nice. Now of course we all have them. I wonder what model his was.

Anyway, back to the C5050. This camera introduced me to the amazing world of macro-photography. I don't know how I stumbled across the function in the camera, because I don't recall reading the instruction manual. But nevertheless, the macro-function that the lens allowed blew my mind. I started taking pictures of everything from a close-up perspective. Pennies. Snails. Bees. A Toothbrush. All of it seen at a whole new level of detail I had never experienced before. Seriously, if you've never used a macro-lens before, it'll take your breath away. Funny enough, I haven't owned a macro lens since, though maybe I should.

Just like before, I took that camera everywhere. I remember reading that it was a popular street camera. It's funny to think about actually. Back in the early 2000s, I don't remember reading any sites and spending hours upon hours reading reviews, watching videos (pre-YouTube of course), about any cameras. Goodness, aside from going to Barnes and Noble or Borders to look at the photo magazines, I don't know how I would have gotten any information. Flickr maybe? When did that site start up?

I remember using that camera to make a few stop motion animation videos too. I'll share those below.

But, wow, come to think of it, that camera was a really was a great tool. Funny, nowadays so many cameras are just forgotten because it's not the latest and greatest, it's not full-frame or whatnot. But seriously, what a tool of knowledge that camera was to me! I learned a lot with that thing. 

Thanks, Dhayan and Brian for the music. :)

Two fine animation classics. :)

Alas, I wish I could say I still had the camera, but I let a friend borrow it about 10 years ago. No joke, I haven't seen her since that day. That's kind of frustrating come to think of it. Haha. In case you can't tell, I liked that camera a lot.

:)

- Andy

 

Gear I talked about:

https://kit.com/AndrewRiddle/storytelling-gear


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