On some of the blogs I follow, I read about people dreaming of moving beyond their point-and-shoot cameras to a DSLR. I see other bloggers (and I fall into this category) wanting to move from an entry level DSLR to the next level. Case in point, my nephew is visiting from Sicily and has a Canon 7D. He let me try it out (big mistake!) and now I have a really serious case of camera envy. It's a big, solid, built-like-a-tank camera that makes my Canon Rebel T1i feel like a plastic toy! High end or entry level, DSLRs are expensive, sophisticated and incredibly well engineered pieces of equipment. So, why in the world would someone what to use a sophisticated DSLR to shoot through the viewfinder of an old Kodak or Brownie with lens distortion, dust, and light leaks? Why is one of the best selling photo apps for iPhone the Hipstamatic app that makes your photos look like they were taken in the '60s on a little cheap plastic camera? Go figure. All I can say is it's a mixed up world! Oh, and it's really a lot of fun!!
Above is one of my favorites from last weekend in the CA desert near 29 Palms. These are two images taken through the viewfinder of my Kodak Duaflex II placed side by side. There was a beautiful late afternoon moon (image on the left). We were exploring this little homestead cabin. Our Jeep is in the photo on the right. A perfect afternoon!
Above are some of the places we came across last weekend. The people living out here are way, way off the grid. Talk about hardy and self sufficient! It's many dusty miles to anything. Most have electricity, but that's it. They haul out their own water. The photo on the lower left that looks like something out of a sci fi movie are two water storage tanks with gravity feed to a homestead cabin.
Above is a late afternoon big desert sky shot straight through my DSLR... clean, clear (might have been even better had I remembered to take my tripod!)... none of the old timey look of going through the Kodak viewfinder. I think each approach has it's own good and bad points. What's your preference??
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