I never imagined it would lead here. How can a hobby, enjoyed by millions, lead to desperation. It all started with my birthday.
I was turning 29, and for my birthday I wanted a camera. Not just any camera, but a “real” camera, with a big lens and lots of dials and switches. You see at the time, I had no idea what an F Stop was, what metering modes or sensor size were. All I knew was that I was going to be the next Peter Lik.
That same year, Peter Lik’s Television Show “From The Edge” debuted and I was obsessed. I quickly DVR’d every episode, watching them over and over again as if it were my religion. Peter Lik was a landscape photographer, and so was I… or at least I would be, if I had a real camera.
So my the big day came, and my wife, being amazing (this is an ongoing trend,trust me,) bought me my deepest desire. A brand new Nikon Coolpix L110! I hurriedly opened it, charged the battery and proceeded to take a picture of my cat Joon.
‘It’s all yellow’ I said disappointingly to Mary. ‘Look, Joon looks terrible. Something must be wrong with this camera.’ Little did I know, I had simply changed the white balance to shady. Duh! Nonetheless, Mary obligingly returned my Nikon to the store, while I went on eBay to find something better.
That’s where I found it, a used but minty Panasonic Lumix FZ30. It had a viewfinder. ‘Wow!’ I thought, ‘this must mean it’s so much better than the crummy Nikon.’
A quick ‘Buy it Now’ and a few days of shipping later and I had what I was certain would be the camera that would put me on the map. Ansel Adams look out, Jason’s got a camera!