Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It's Not About the Gear: Part 1

These days, technology improves so quickly. Powerful cameras are being released at cheaper prices, tiny digital cameras and even smartphones can take amazingly clear images... and new models are being released all the time. It's hard not to get hit with gear envy, and I've definitely been guilty of that myself in the past - each time I decided to make a new purchase to upgrade my camera, it took me ages of agonizing and wavering back and forth before I came to a final decision. Now with photography as my work, I'm more than satisfied with the Canon DSLR that I use. However, I wanted to share with you today a post that I've wanted to write for quite some time. Before coming to Japan, I got my start in photography with the help of a dear old friend - the Canon Powershot SD450, which I credit with lighting the fire of my passion - and yes, obsession - with capturing the beauty around me in photo form.

It was February 2006 when I first received the little digital camera from my parents as a gift (thank you, Mom and Dad!). Immediately, I was overwhelmed by the wonders all around me that I'd taken for granted, that I'd never noticed until now - and I had the power to capture colors, capture moments. It was amazing. I carried the SD450 everywhere, and it was my constant companion in college (along with my guitar).

Here are a few photos that I took many years ago with the Canon Powershot SD450. Although it's not an SLR, it has helped me take some of my favorite images of my youth, capturing countless priceless memories and giving my emotions form. My years with the Powershot helped me to frame, explore, and see. I hope you enjoy these images with me.

Nature was my main focus in terms of photographic subjects back then - I couldn't get enough of flowers and grasses.
The beach at Half Moon Bay, sunset.
One of my favorite photos of all time - green hills and blue sky at Arastradero.
A droplet-covered flower; the gate at UC Berkeley.
Being in college was new and sometimes lonely, but music and photography were always there for me.

Capturing light.
Snow trip.
Looking from different perspectives can often reveal a great deal which could have been missed.
The view from my dorm room in at UC Berkeley. One of the most beautiful skies I've seen.