Are we a bit misdirected?

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Jim Salvas
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Re: Are we a bit misdirected?
In reply to Gray Drake, 5 months ago

I've been taking nice photos for over 60 years. At first, I took them with a little twin lens box camera (the Kodak Duaflex) and got a few shots that kept me coming back. Most were awful, but a few were darned good and I still have some of them.

As I gained experience, I also progressed to better equipment. My "keeper" rate improved for both reasons. By the time I was in my 20s, I was more than an advanced amateur, having had photography courses in college and in the Army. I bought a Nikon F outfit and took even more good photos more frequently. I even sold some and became a bit of a semi-pro, especially in portrait and product photography ( I have a website about that).

And so on, until digital cameras got "good enough" to replace film for me. Somewhere around 2003, I got a decent DSLR and since then have an explosion of "keepers," as my skill set and my equipment both peaked.

But inside, is the same 12-year-old kid who looked down into the tiny finder of that Duaflex and said to himself, "I bet this would make a good photo."

You just saw that in your daughter's photo. Pretty neat, eh?

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