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Nov 09, 2011 23:37 |  #16

Merovius wrote in post #13379297 (external link)
After I read this post I started digging through the archives looking for the really old stuff. My first digital was a Chinon ES-3000 back in 1995 (I think I still have it), but the pictures were so hideous and it was such a PITA to get pics off of that I didn't use it much. I got a Kodak DC-210 in '98, and it was better, but it didn't hold my interest either. It wasn't until I got my DC280 in 2000 that I really got into it. I actually took some reasonably decent shots with it...now if I can just find them...

Interesting story! And yeah, show us some stuff!

Fortunately, I began seriously organizing my photography once I jumped on Lightroom in '07, but my '00-'06 stuff is lacking on the organizational end. Fortunately it's all in Lightroom, though, so it's easy browsing through all the photos, ordered by capture date/time if I can't find a given folder. Keywords help a lot too!


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Nov 10, 2011 06:49 |  #17

keep in mind these shots were from over 10 years ago, when I was a silly teenager that wanted to spray paint things on my car and though it looked "cool". (I now drive a plain jane stock Impala... lol)

Anyways here is the SOOC shot from my $50 Walmart Cool-i-Cam. No re sizing required!!


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They sure have terrible IQ, but the fact is I have those pictures to look back on and the memories are more important than anything. :)

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Nov 10, 2011 13:20 |  #18

DStanic, yeah, I like how looking "back" can remind us of why we go "forward"! With me, my early digicams sparked enthusiasm, despite my lousy skills and the shortcomings of the early cameras!


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Nov 10, 2011 13:41 |  #19

My first was an Olympus D-450 Zoom. I got it after I got my first job out of college back in 1999.

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I got the Best Buy warranty on it and a few years later it had some dead pixels on the screen and I think a few in the pictures, so Best Buy upgraded me to the D-490 Zoom!

Actually looking back, it looks like I got the first one while i was still in college in 1997. That or I didn't set the date right in the thing! I'm leaning toward the latter, because some of the pictures I have filed under 1997 I know were not taken in 97!

Indeed, I found the press release from its launch! lol Looks like I need to look into ways to fix my filing...

The D-450 Zoom will be available September 1, 1999 with an expected street price of $499.

Looks like early on I thought I would be taking a lot more pictures than I did, so I shot at 640x480 despite the max res of 1280x960!

One of my first shots of my buddies Mustang Cobra.

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After I started shooting at the higher res...
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Sunset in the UP...
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A bridge in the UP.
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Then I got an early lesson in drive integrity sometime in 2003. I lost all my images from 1999-that time, save a few from 1999. I have none from 2000-2002. Now I have all my pictures on my iMac, a Time Machine backup, an external drive at my office, and a Passport drive I carry back and forth. Not to mention most of the "keepers" are on SmugMug at a decent resolution.

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Nov 10, 2011 14:10 as a reply to  @ randy98mtu's post |  #20

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Nov 10, 2011 15:24 |  #21

Here are a couple from 2002, taken with my N*k*n Coolpix 990 (3MP).


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Nov 10, 2011 16:18 |  #22

Cool stuff, peeps! Glad I'm not the only one who has some good memories!

You know, even though shooting with those cameras under bad lighting is, well, challenging, they still could come through when the light's right.

And, they're so handy! I could take mine anywhere, even the early compact that wouldn't fit in a pocket -- it was light enough so that I didn't flinch on outings, like these two outings with my sister and her family in '03:

In January of '03, I just had my first digicam for only a month -- my brother-in-law took this shot (I'm in the middle):

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And then it was my turn to play photographer:

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Our mom died in '03. In the summer, we took a hike up a desert "hill" in 110 degree (F) weather to scatter her ashes, once we got up to where there was a bit of a breeze. Despite the heat-stroke temperature and exertion, I brought the camera along:

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Nov 11, 2011 06:16 |  #23

I love going back through my old shots!

After some more looking and thinking, I have determined that I had the D-400Z and the 490Z, not the 450. Looks like I got the 400 in July of 99. Again, not sure when I got the 490 because of the lost files from 2000-2002.

So I pick up in 2003 with my 490Z. Went to a hot air balloon festival my home town has every year.

Wow, this thing blew that 400Z away!

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Just before Memorial Day that year I upgraded to a Canon S400! Another quantum leap in quality.
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Nov 11, 2011 10:14 |  #24

Nice ones, Randy!


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Nov 11, 2011 10:31 |  #25

Thanks for the kind words and for starting this trip down memory lane!


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Nov 12, 2011 09:48 as a reply to  @ randy98mtu's post |  #26

Wow - I actually DID find some the old ones I took with the DC280. The EXIF on these says 5-26-2000, but I think it was more like March or so. My niece, in the top photo, was born in January.

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Nov 12, 2011 14:16 |  #27

Cool stuff from Y2K, Howard! And civilization survived that year -- will we still be taking photos all the way through 2012:)?


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Nov 13, 2011 00:50 |  #28

tonylong wrote in post #13390671 (external link)
Cool stuff from Y2K, Howard! And civilization survived that year -- will we still be taking photos all the way through 2012:)?

LOL! I still remember the questionnaire we had to fill out at work for Y2K emergency purposes...one of the questions was "Do you own a four-wheel drive vehicle? So, uhhh, the roads are going to collapse along with all the computers?:lol:

Even according to all the gloom-and-doomers, we should have at least 11 1/2 good months in 2012. :D


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I went through some of my old photos and found this. Sunrise San Francisco.

Check out the dynamic range!

Taken in 2001 with my Sony Cybershot DSC-P50.

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Nov 14, 2011 12:00 |  #30

Continuing into 2004 and 2005. Went to an ice race with a college friend, who would become my brother-in-law a few years later.

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Also went to a place called Tail of the Dragon down on the TN/NC border.
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In 2005 we went to Vegas. I have gone again with my DSLR but haven't gotten a shot I like as much as this one I got with my S400.
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Also met my wife that year. Here is the first picture of us together, taken at a UofM football game.
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My wife took this one with my S400 as we were leaving.
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