My First Digital Photographs

Here's a blast from the past: I was going through my photography archives recently and came across something that really caught my attention. I hadn't looked in that particular folder on my hard drive in quite a while but when I did it immediately brought back a lot of memories. What that folder held was the absolute very 1st digital photographs I had ever taken. Within a few seconds I was able to recall all the research I did before purchasing the camera that took the picture. I also remember the excitement I felt when the camera arrived...

Welcome To The Future

It was a fairly warm Spring day in the suburbs of Chicago, April 19, 2001 when UPS dropped off the box. Inside that box was an Olympus D-460 1.3megapixel digital camera. I had ordered it from Ubid, an early (but still kicking) competitor to eBay. They specialized in manufacturer closeouts so I had to watch the site for a while before the camera became available. I paid a grand total of $271.88 for the camera. I also spent $64.99 at Newegg for a (tiny by today's standards) 32mb smartmedia card and reader. For comparison, I can get a 32GB (1000x more capacity) for less than 1/4 the price today!!

As soon as I signed for the box I quickly opened it up, grabbed a couple of AA batteries, put the memory card in the camera and opened the lens cover. "Whew, it works.." I said to myself. I then pointed the camera at the first living thing I could find in the house and took this picture:

My 1st Digital Photograph

The (un)lucky first victim of my new digital camera was Oscar, one of our two cats. He was right at 2 years old in this picture. He moved a little right as I was taking the photo so it's a little blurry. As you can see, he didn't appreciate the flash :-) Oscar the cat is still with us (at nearly 17 years old!) so I guess I should give him some extra kitty treats today to thank them for helping me to remember how I got started in the world of digital photography way back then.

Next Victim Please

The second victim was Felix:

Felix Half Asleep On the Couch

Felix was a little more cooperative for his digital debut. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Felix in August of 2015 :-( so all the images we have of him are now that much more important.

I was in the commercial/industrial real estate business at that point in my life so the camera's main use was going to be taking pictures of the buildings I was listing or marketing. Well, it did get used for that but it also became the latest in a long line of "geek toys" (as my wife Pam likes to call all the technology stuff I've purchased over the years). I was having a ton of fun shooting pictures, transferring them to the computer and then instantly seeing the image. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the photos, especially on full automatic mode. The camera had a 3x optical zoom and a decent flash. It worked great for taking pictures of the buildings for my work as well as snapshots around the house or while out with friends.

So, it was these digital photographs that started me back down the photography path. It took me almost 10 years after this picture was taken to really appreciate and "re-remember" the enjoyment that I got out of using a camera. Since then I have completely re-embraced photography and use both digital and film cameras to capture and share the world around us.

What About You?

What was the first digital photograph you took and what camera did you use to take it with? Tell us all about it in the comments and include a link to the photo if you want. I'm looking forward to seeing some of them!

BTW, if you're interested, Amazon is still showing a few of the Olympus D-460's for sale. They're obviously way out of date compared to today's cameras but I may just pick one up to relive a little bit of my digital photography past!

Olympus D-460 1.3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom.

Happy Caturday- Comfy Coon Cat

Last week Pam and I attended the Atlanta St Patrick's Day Parade. I posted some images from the parade last week and I have at least this one more to post because as a cat owner I find it pretty amazing: Comfy Coon Cat

This cat was just hanging out on it's owner's shoulder the entire parade. We saw it in several spots over a couple hour period and it was just as happy as could be. It never tried to go anywhere. I thought that was quite amazing for a cat! But upon talking with the Cat's transport mechanism (the owner) we learned that it is a Maine Coon which is supposedly a very docile and friendly cat.

Happy Caturday Everyone!


Cat Toys

I was at the local PetSmart today buying some bird seed and litter when I realized that I hadn't gotten Oscar and Felix a new toy in a while: As you can see, the choices are almost overwhelming. This was just one 4ft section of the "Cat Toys" aisle. It's truly amazing how many playthings are created and marketed to us cat owners.

After staring at this for a while I ended up not buying anything because I realized, at the end of the day, cats are pretty much permanent 2-year olds. That means that they'll have more fun with the box that the toy came in than with the toy itself.

I went home and tossed a wad of newspaper at Oscar and Felix and sure enough, they kept themselves busy batting it around for quite a while.

Wohoo!, more money for beer ;-)

The Odd Couple

Ok, I know it's only day 40 of my 365 project, but you can never have too many cat photographs, right?: This image shows both of our cats, Oscar (on the right) and Felix (whom you met on day 12). As you can see they are hard at work doing absolutely nothing :-) Don't be fooled though, when they're not crashed on the couch they can cause quite a ruckus as they chase each other around the house. It's pretty funny to watch them stalk each other, and the occasional insect or moth that makes it inside.

We've had Oscar and Felix for just over 12 years (we got them from a rescue group when they were about 5 months old). It's been a lot of fun having them around and we hope they will live to a ripe old age.

Day 12-Felix The Cat

Here's a quick photograph of one of our two cats, Felix: Day 12-Felix The Cat

I caught Felix just before he went into his favorite box, which is an old soda case box. Felix, and his partner in crime Oscar, have been with us since 1999. We got them from a pet rescue group while we were living in Chicago. They're great cats and we've had a lot of fun with them. They'll be 13 years old this Spring and so far both of them are doing pretty good. I'm sure there will be a few more images of both of them over the rest of 2012.