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Minolta Maxxum 7000

Minolta Maxxum 7000

Can a $5 camera be the best tool to take your photography?

So there I was, relaxing early Saturday morning, and in comes a call from my wife.  On Saturday mornings my wife and her mom like to go and check out the garage sales, more often that not finding treasures here and there.  Jokingly I always tell them to buy anything photography related.  Well this time they found something.

“So there are a couple of cameras here do you want them?” is what she said.  I asked her what they were looked the two of them up and I said get the Minolta.  Did it work? I couldn’t tell you.  Turns out that this camera is somewhat revolutionary, heck it has something that my modern day DSLR doesn’t even have.  After she arrived home with the camera I did some research and it turns out that it was the first camera with a built in focus motor.  Minolta was on the technological forefront with this camera, leaving the giants of Nikon and Cannon to follow suit.  The internal motor allowed for smaller less expensive lenses.  Along with the focus motor came a new mount, larger than the previous, and is still in use today by none other than Sony.  Yes the “a” mount humbley started here as well.

Now comes the real question, do I really want to use this camera?

Well why wouldn’t I want to use such an innovative camera, a camera that forever changed modern photography.  Well there is the reality of finding out how good or bad of a photographer you are.  Well it has been said what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.  I see this as the best way I can train myself to be a better photographer.  I can’t rely on the lcd screen on the back to tell me where I went wrong and immediately readjust and shoot again.  I will have to rely on my knowledge of light and how it works, and what I need to do to make the photograph mine.  I can no longer have the attitude that if I’m off a stop or two that I can bring it back in Lightroom.

All of this, I believe will only make me a better more confident photographer.  There is also that added bonus, the nostalgia of film photography.  That old feeling of waiting for the roll to be developed and looking at prints!  Remember those, you used to look at them as a kid, or if you’re younger maybe your parents did.

I’m looking forward to receiving my first roll developed from the lab, and I haven’t even loaded the first roll in to the camera. Well here’s to bettering my self as a photographer

Cameron and his wife and son.

Cameron and his wife and son.

Week 6 family time.

Spring has sprung here, and there is no better time for families to be out and enjoy the weather.  I was back at the Rock Garden at William Land Park here in Sacramento taking advantage of all of the flowers in bloom.  I wasn’t the only one taking advantage of the day, Continue reading



Week 5… the late bloomer.

Unlike this Spring, if you can call it Spring because it’s been hot, this post is a late bloomer.  I actually prefer fashionably late, it sounds intentional and has more flare.  My stranger for this week is actually very close to my photography, but in a distant manner. Continue reading

Karl and his ride

Karl and his ride.

Week 3, fashionably late.

Well at least this photo was taken in week #3.  Just outside of work on my lunch hour I spotted the low rider bicycle across the street, but seriously how could you not notice it!  As I walked across the street he was on the phone and I asked him if I could take his photo he nodded in the affirmative.  I readied my camera looked up Continue reading

Travis pouring a taste at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Room

Travis pouring a taste at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Room

Change the way you create photographs by learning how to take control.

How you set your aperture can really change your photo more so than any of the settings that you control when shooting in manual mode and really pushes your photos to new levels.  The aperture in your camera is made up of different elements that affect your image in a deeper level than we’ll go over at this point.  The aperture can easily be misunderstood by those just beginning to learn the ins and outs in photography due to the fact of the lower the aperture number such as f1.2 the larger the opening, conversely f22 is a smaller opening.  Depth Of Field or DOF is where your aperture setting really shines and changes the mood of your photo. Continue reading


Evoke the senses

How do you Capture what you feel in a photograph?

Photography is nothing more than capturing light, and freezing a moment in time.  With the cameras of today we have the luxury of instant feedback and the ability to adjust and change are results immediately.  If you have a DSLR , a micro four thirds, or any other type of digital camera that allows you to manually change your settings, you have the basics to creating great photographs the way you envision them and want them to be.  It’s kind of ironic that so much effort is put in to developing preset functions on digital cameras while most, if not all, professorial photographers will tell you that to really get the results that you want switch to manual.  It may feel like quite a daunting task, but with practice it becomes comfortable and the results are definitely more rewarding.   Continue reading