Sunday, November 16, 2008

Blog 1

I am an amateur photographer,and have enjoyed capturing images on and off for the past 20 years or so.
In the past (with film),I took a general interest in Photography,but never really pursued it with much more than a passing interest.
Then came the monster that is digital photography. Digital started out very innocent enough for me. I bought a Kodak 3.1 megapixel DX3900 point & shoot,and was enjoying the freedom of making images that could be enjoyed almost immediately. I would take my camera with me just about everywhere I went. This new digital photography was great. Until...........
One day while wandering around a state forest here in Central New York,I came upon a wonderful photo opportunity. While driving (off road) in the forest,a grouse flushed from the side of the trail as I stopped my truck. Unlike all previous grouse encounters,the bird just hopped across the trail from one thicket to another,but never took flight. Very strange,I thought to myself. He must be injured. Onward I went,only to stop 10 yards up the trail. Here,perched 15 feet up in a tree was the reason for the grouse's behavior. A huge Barred Owl ! I quickly shut off the engine of my truck,and grabbed the camera. The owl looked my way,and then spun his head around. He didn't think he had been spotted. I tried not to make eye contact as the owl looked back. Too late. He knows I've spotted him,but not soon enough,as I am able to snap off 3 or 4 photos out the truck window. Awesome ! Just as quickly as he had appeared,without a sound,he was gone. I immediately took a look at the shots I was able to get off. To my total dismay,the photos were horrific ! I vowed right then and there,come hell or high water,I was going to get a "real" camera,and learn how to use it. And so,in December of 2006,I took the plunge,and purchased a Canon Rebel XTi,and a 70-200mm L lens. Innocently enough,in the 2 years since I took the plunge,my "hobby",has turned into a full blown addiction. If there was an AAA for digital photography,I would need to be at every meeting. "Hi,my name is Chris,and I haven't taken a photo in.........."
Well,here goes. I'm not sure how this idea of starting a blog will turn out,but here we are nonetheless.

Here's the shot that started it all. (I can hear the laughter now!)


  1. Nice blog Chris. Good luck, Jim E - Syracuse photo meetup group member

  2. Thanks Jim ! Hopefully I can keep it interesting enough for you all to stop back. :)

  3. I had that same dx. Loved it - took some of my favorite pics with it, but it was def. limited.

    Glad to see you graduated to a "real" camera, and are now addicted. You have a great eye!

    See you 'round FB!
    Bobbi Bailey

  4. Thanks Bobbi. I need to get back at this blogging. I've slacked completely !