In the past, I took photos that were actually used in national sports magazines - just outdoor stuff like baseball and indoor stuff like boxing. But it was the end of the film era then - and I got a different job, so had no reason to shoot for years. Back in the day, I shot with what I still considered to be the best starter SLR ever made - the venerable Pentax K-1000, affordable for a schmoe but good enough to be used in professional settings.
Years later, I picked up a digital camera and from the the word go I was lost. I was a pretty good film photographer, but I was lucky in that regard because i had the luxury of just using higher speed film and just opening her up and off to the races I went. Today, photography is a two-headed serpent - better because of the obvious reasons (no need for film processing, the advent of Photoshop, etc) and worse because settings on some cameras can be overly complicated or have to be re-learned from camera brand to camera brand. But I digress.
I post my photos here but I don't like them at all. Even at macro settings on the cameras I use, I don't think I get the crispness I'm used to. I've tried a few cameras, but I've gotten the best results with a Pentax X-5 "bridge camera" (more advanced than a point-and-shoot but not quite an SLR), and, amazingly, a pocket sized Kodak digital camera as well. I think Kodak's camera line was pretty good, but I don't think the brand even issues them any longer; well-made cameras that are the most user-friendly I've tried.
I used to be good, but these days, I think I'm utterly half-assed. I need to learn more, even now. The real problem is that these days I'd rather save for good watches than buy camera equipment.
Rule 1,493: Never photograph a watch on a wrist. On a lovely rock in a pond or a parapet, certainly - but never on a wrist.
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