Photo Essay

Have Camera Will Travel

Have Camera Will Travel

I started taking an interest in taking photos when we took our first trip to Europe with 7 Foreign Language students from the school we were teaching in, Westerly High School. Our first digital camera, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S50 was slightly more than 1 MB. By 2007 I was looking for a DSLR because the delay taking a photo with the Sony was such that I'd miss action shots.

Our first DSLR, the Canon 350D camera (better known as the Rebel XT) came with Canon's standard EF 18-55mm lens which had very little zoom capability. Within a year I had replaced it with a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OS Zoom lens.

I was not too happy stitching photos together to create a panorama so I purchased a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V camera to allow me to take panorama photos. I also have an iPad and iPhone that have iSight cameras capable of taking panorama photos.

Recently I've replaced that lens on my Canon 350D with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens while at the same time purchasing the Canon 60D with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens.

This photo essay contains photos I've taken with each of these cameras and lenses along with a few taken by disposable cameras.

Thanks to Andrea Petersen & H. Andrew Dutton for the nominations.

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12 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (24 Oct 2012):

    I love this story & variety of images! Thanks for sharing, John!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag said (25 Oct 2012):

    my vote! lovely story John.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (25 Oct 2012):

    John, awesome story, and wonderful images, vote sure !!! thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Great essay of your photography journey. Sure gets my votes.

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (28 Oct 2012):

    Bravo John, beautiful story!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (30 Oct 2012):

    Love the story, voted!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (2 Nov 2012):

    Beautiful story and wonderful images ! Voted !

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    awesome captures, John!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 May 2014):

    Interesting story and excellent pictures...Voting!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (26 Jun 2015):

    A wonderful photo essay of the various cameras that you've used.
    I recently bought a Nikon Coolpix P 600 with a 60X Zoom for an
    affordable price and am having a blast with it for when we go for
    walks in our woods for shooting pictures of nature...Amazing what technology offers us and how it has improved over the years...You got my nomination and vote!!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (3 Nov 2015):

    Voted! You are so camera enthusastic...and your essays and images are always giving us a wonderful sense of life on the road...

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (9 Nov 2015):


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