Retro river trip
Early in 2007, I bought a camera. I didn't really know what I was looking for, but I ended up with a little Sony Cybershot of some caliber. I was newly divorced and wanted to keep up with my growing boys. It was more than adequate for my needs, and I had a good time creating some memories with it.
On Memorial Day of that year, I decided to take a long, scenic route on the way to a barbecue at my parents house later that day. I found myself along the Umatilla River on our local reservation, and made several stops whenever I saw something I wanted to capture. Although I didn't know it at the time, it was the start of a journey that changed the course of my life, and I started looking at the world in a whole new way. I didn't know what I was doing, but I was having a lot of fun doing it.
As my photographic skills grew, so did my need for different equipment. I eventually went through three DSLR's and am currently on a mirrorless system. I've even shot some film along the way. And my photographic opportunities grew, too. I've shot a couple of weddings. I have some prints hanging up in the new wing of our hospital. I've had the privilege of doing a lot of senior portraits in our area, many for kids that I've known since they were quite small. And I still try to go out on photo trips whenever I get a chance. It's been a good ride, and hopefully it's far from over just yet.
This last weekend, I found myself driving along that same stretch of the Umatilla River, the same route that started it all more than 12 years ago. I had my Fuji mirrorless system along, but I thought, why not just use the little Canon Powershot I picked up a while back? It's not meant as a camera to take the place of anything else. It's just meant to bring along to capture scenes when it isn't necessary or practical to have my Fuji out. I wanted to see what I can do, 12 years later, with modest equipment and whatever knowledge and skills that I've picked up along the way. It's been said before, but it really is true. The photography that you put out says more about you than about your equipment. For better or worse.