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.