It’s a wet and cold day outside. The kids have had some time outside on their bikes and are now settled in to some well earned R&R in front of Netflix.
It’s time to have a have a play on the iMac with the bulging Aperture Library. With a whiff on nostalgia in the air (we’ve just been paid a visit by my uncle and aunt) I decided to look back amongst my earliest digital photographs.
Wow – before we had kids we used to go travelling! Thailand, 2003; my wife and I went on a 19 day trip through Bangkok, to Surat Thani and the National Park at Khao Sok, and onto Krabi and Lanta. Back then I was the very proud owner of a Canon EOS300D, the 18-55 kit lens, and a single 512Mb (!) memory card. At least the lack of kit made it light weight for such a venture.
Of course we all improve as photographers (well we hope to) so many of the shots are pretty poor by today’s standards. With such limited memory card space I took far fewer pictures than I would do on a similar trip now. In some ways this was a good thing – an entire 3 week vacation was realised in fewer shots than I’d take in a single day now. 6Mp jpegs also of course don’t take a lot of hard drive space compared to the monster 20+ Mp RAW files I take today. It’s made me wonder what I’ll be shooting in 10 years time, and how I’ll think about my shots from 2013….
I can honestly barely remember how I approached photography back then, one decade ago. For sure I pressed the shutter button fairly sparingly due to the memory card size restrictions (and the slow 300D buffer). If I recall correctly I shot in Av mode (I’ve never used any Auto modes), and did have some appreciation of depth of field, but creative options were more limited with a slow zoom lens.
Anyway, here is my selection of the best shots from this trip. I’d love to return – we had a very memorable time. I’d just inevitably lug around a larger kit bag. And two kids too of course.
Petrol Station on Koh Lanta
Lanta fishing village
Swimming Hole Khao Sok
Elephant Guide with Snake
Grand Palace Monk
Bangkok Tatoo Parlour