I got a new camera!! And it was FREE!! It was very generously given to me by a friend on Twitter. I asked my online friends on both Facebook and Twitter what film camera I should buy. The weirdest thing is that I was literally looking at Cannon AE-1s online and almost talked myself into buying one when my friend sent the tweet, offering his old camera. He put it in the mail a week later and I got it on the day before Thanksgiving. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it came with two lenses!
I am going to buy a battery and jump in! I can’t wait to play with it!
We finally hiked to the top of the Salmon River Trail today! It was 8 miles when all was said and done. My legs and feet hurt.
I did something completely different and carried along my digital camera. I had some interesting insights in which I came to the conclusion that film is far superior to digital. I think this, really, came about because I am not used to all of the choices involved in digital photography. I like to go completely manual when I shoot (for the most control over the shot) but there is so much to remember. So many buttons to push. It is irritating, frankly. It is too technical. I like that, with film, you only have to think about exposure (you don’t even have to worry about iso!). The rest of your brain can be used for composing the shot. And you aren’t distracted by the image because you have to wait to see the image.
I do like that I can shoot video with my digital camera, though. Here is a video that I took at the top of the hike, the turnaround point. There are fantastic views of the Salmon River Gorge which is virtually impossible to get to (a few kayakers have braved it). The wind was blowing too hard and I was afraid to get too close to the edge. You can hear me blathering on about something in the background but it is too windy to hear.