Dear Budding Artist,

This is one of my very first shots - I won't torture you with the out-of-focus ones) with my new (used) Nikon D7000. 

This is one of my very first shots - I won't torture you with the out-of-focus ones) with my new (used) Nikon D7000. 

It's been 3 years since I've had a working stills camera. My Nikon D70 served me well as a student in Montreal and functioned fairly well for the next few years for taking production stills, but I never considered myself a proper photographer or went to any great lengths to hone my skills. But as I became more focussed on documentary work I ignored photography in favour of moving images, and then the D70 stopped working and I dropped shooting stills altogether. 

Something prompted me to get another camera before my next trip to Brazil. Yesterday I finally took the plunge, travelled to Victoria to look at a used one, and with a very patient 11-month old German Shepherd in tow, explored and played on Fisherman's Wharf, using Winnie as my non-stop action subject. (I had to bribe her with wieners.)

And the results, while not stunning, are OK. The lens is a Tamron 17-55 mm, it's not great, but functional for now. What I am enthused about is to have a camera to play with, to feel the heft and weight of a Nikon in my hands again, to hear the glorious click of that shutter (ok I know it's digital but it still sounds very satisfying!) and feel like I can start taking real pictures again. 

Here are some of the less horrible ones: 

Winnie-morning light

Here's to expanding my photographic horizons and really allowing my eyes and heart to see the beauty in this world again. We only live once. Let's live with eyes wide open.

Much Love, Tobi

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