Happy Second Day of Autumn!


I’ve been wanting to update for a week or so but procrastination always gets the better of me. But look on the bright side. Those unlucky enough to not have been to our house can see a picture that was taken inside our house! Yes, it’s the one up there! You can see one of my precious plants and one of our IKEA table lamps. Well, part of them anyway. Aren’t you lucky? ;)

The picture above was taken with the camera that ended my photographer’s block. You see, after our trip out West in September last month year, I kind of lost interest in photography. My creative juice just stopped flowing. When we went to Winnipeg in February this year, I thought it would inspire me to take a lot of pictures. Not really. The trip only gave me the right to brag about having been in Winnipeg in winter. And then we got busy with the whole finding and buying a house thing and photography got put in the back seat under a huge pile of printouts of house-for-sale ads.

Fast forward to Monday last week. I was browsing around the Intarweb, looking at pictures people took, and I was thinking how awesome it would be if I had $4,000 lying around to spend on a full-frame DSLR camera and a fast lens. But then I remembered that all 35mm SLR cameras are full-frame and I happen to have one that comes with a fast lens. So I started digging out boxes and boxes of cameras to find the camera I had in mind. When I found it, I loaded a black and white film into it and started shooting. And I fell in love all over again with photography.

The said camera is a Canon AE-1 Program with a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 lens. It was an impulse eBay purchase from January this year. I think I paid less than $50 for it. Bought it, got it in the mail, learned that it worked perfect and forgot all about it. Never touched it again until that fateful Monday. I’ve bought another lens from eBay for it since, a Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. It just arrived in the mail this morning. I think I’m going to give it a whirl this evening, shooting the landscape outside of town at sunset.

We’re going to a camera show next month and I’m hoping to be able to find more lenses for the camera. I love how cheap Canon FD lenses are nowadays. Cheap and sharp don’t usually go together but in this case, they do, much to my delight. If you want to see some of the pictures from the first roll I shot with the camera, they’re in this Flickr set. There are still more that I haven’t uploaded yet. Will let you know how the second roll — which is in colour — turns out. And I’ll definitely bring the camera up to the cottage over the Thanksgiving weekend next month.

Speaking of photography, I’ll have another picture — a Polaroid — published in a magazine soon. Kind of excited about it, even if it’s not the first time. Will brag about it again later once the issue is out and available for purchase. Heh. I know, I’m shameless.