I suppose that I have always been interested in photography. My high school offered two photography courses, one in Grade 9/10, and another one in Grade 11/12. I took both, and I did quite well too. But after graduating high school, the workload in the Engineering faculty in university was quite heavy, and I spent most of my free time practicing violin. Since I was lacking in equipment to process film—and lacking money to purchase film in the first place—photography kindly disappeared from my list of hobbies. By the time I got back to the swing of things, digital SLR cameras are hot items. I had to re-learn everything photography, and also have to learn all the features of a digital camera. Since last year, I’ve got myself some pretty good pictures. Last month, my wife and I bought a used portrait lens (“prime lens”) from craigslist. Wow, what a difference from the kit lens that came with the camera.
Which brings me to today.
I went for lunch with my friend Samantha, a fellow t-girl, this afternoon on Church Street. It’s the first time I’ve been there during the midday hours in a long time. The weather today was smoldering! My original plan was to take a walk in the neighbourhood in the morning, then head down to Church St for lunch, but within minutes of getting out of my apartment, I was already soaked in sweat. So much sweat, that I had to go home, and change out of my clothes altogether. I ended up with that purple t-shirt (my old favourite), and pants (and a sports bra, to absorb all the sweat). I brought my camera this time, and when we finished the meal, we took a leisurely stroll and took some pictures. The portrait lens is really amazing. It is so easy to get a shallow depth-of-field with the aperture wide open. I got some very nice pictures of both of us. I’ll be posting those pictures online in the very near future.
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