After our trip to the Smoky Mountains, I decided to try to find a entry level SLR camera that I could use to learn the art of photography. I found a place in Atlanta called KEH that sells used cameras and seemed to come highly recommended.
Before placing an order for something online, I took a trip down the street to Colonial Photo and Hobby. They had several used cameras for sale, and I picked up a Nikon N60 with a 35-80mm f4-5.6 lens for under $200. I also bought a roll of Fuji Reala ISO 100 film (recommended by photo.net), and I was ready to start.
My first few pictures were of some items in Dickson Azalea Park (where we walk our dog) and Langford Park (right across the street from Dickson). I didn’t have much time, because it was getting dark and looked like it was going to rain. My first shot with the camera was in the parking lot at Langford. I couldn’t park my car because there were about 50 of these little scooters everywhere! I had seen similar photos on some other sites, so I took this one to compare with the others.
The other good shot was of the bridge on Robinson that the walking path goes under. I was standing under a big magnolia tree by the creek where we let our dog swim.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to get used to my new camera. Some would call it baptism by fire, I’d call it baptism by hurricane. I had taken 4 whole pictures with my new camera, when hurricane Charley came roaring through – but that’s a story for another day. Note: These photos were developed and printed – then scanned on a flatbed scanner. I’ll add a page later on about what happens to the images when you scan them on a flatbed.