Today’s pictures fit this post extremely well. Regular readers of this site know that I have been getting into photography the past couple years. I have a Canon S30 which is now definitely starting to show it’s age. I managed to get a few good pictures out of it soon after I bought it. This intrigued me, so I took a course at Camosun College to learn more about photography, and ended up loving the course. The instructor suggested starting a photo club to get people out shooting regularly, so I did. Since the end of the class I have tried to get out every couple weeks to shoot, and it has been great. I now have an excellent collection of photographs that I love. Well, time has come for me to put to rest the S30. As good as it has been to me, it is getting old.
Yesterday the photoclub met for the first time in the new year. I chose the Chinese Cemetary in Victoria. What a gorgeous place. The cemetary has had a makeover in recent years, and is a wonderful place to go take pictures. We were also very lucky with the weather yesterday. The sun was out for quite a while, and it was very warm. What a wonderful feeling to be overlooking the ocean, the sun is out, the sky a warm blue. And yet we were surrounded by graves. Interesting juxtaposition.
More on the old and new. My trusty S30 was with me, but I did not use it. I am proud to say that retirement of the S30 occurred just after Christmas. I will continue to use it occasionally, specially when I am out riding, or just need something to conceal in my pocket. I am an owner of a new Canon EOS 20D. I got it just after Christmas, but this was the first real photoshoot I had taken it on. Wow! I am loving this new camera. Very awesome piece of equipment. I am starting to know the controls, and switching modes is becoming easier. I sometimes forget to switch back though, and that has lead to a few disasters already. Oops. I have 2 lenses for it, a 28-135mm, and a 50mm. I also bought a lens hood for the 28-135, and I think that it makes quite a diffence to the quality of pictures. *grin*, I am having lots of fun now!