When I was in high school (early-90s) my parents bought me a 35mm Minolta X-370n SLR camera and 3 different Minolta lenses:
- 28mm f/2.8
- 50mm f/1.7
- 135mm f/2.8
In my high school years I would explore the local forests and parks trying to emulate Galen Rowell and David Muench. Also during this time I switched to shooting primarily slides… mostly Kodachrome 64 because Fuji Velvia 50 was too expensive for my pizza-slinging salary.
During university I didn’t shoot too much. Shortly after graduating I moved to South Korea for 6 years to teach English. Inspired by the beauty of the country, I started shooting again.
It was there that I bought my first DSLR which was a Canon EOS 300D after borrowing a friend’s Canon EOS 10D. I photographed mountains, temples and various aspects of Korea that I thought were interesting and novel.
Even though I loved shooting, I found post-processing boring mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing. I would open an image in Photoshop, kick up the saturation and export for the web. It was very unsatisfying. And because of that, my interest in digital photography waned.
Fast forward 14 years…
During the summer of 2021 someone I knew mentioned their friend was an amateur landscape photographer. I said to myself, “why am I not an amateur landscape photographer“?
I watched some tutorials on Lightroom then signed up for an Adobe account. Once I learned some basic post-processing techniques, I really started to enjoy it.
With some simple post-processing skills under my belt, I decided to take on a challenge: shoot every day in the month of September, 2021. I figured after 30 days I would know how much I wanted (or didn’t want) to pursue landscape photography. It was also a good opportunity to get to know the Canon T7i I had purchased a few years earlier to shoot some YouTube videos for my business.
After those 30 days, which also included a trip to the east coast of Canada, I knew I wanted to dedicate my time to this endeavor.
These days I’m exploring more expressive post-processing techniques in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. If it’s not raining, I try to get out and shoot 3-5 times a week. When it is raining, I’m practicing post-processing.
I’m still using the 24MP APS-C Canon T7i DSLR which I purchased a few years ago. The quality is good and I don’t know how I will ever live without a fully articulating display (which most of the new, pro-level mirrorless cameras frustratingly do not have).
As for lenses, I currently just carry four zoom lenses, three of which are kit lenses:
As for the kit lenses, I’ve been really happy with the 10-18mm and 18-55mm. However, the 75-300mm is not that great. A lot of my images will have a lot of chromatic aberration going on. Oh well, that’s what you get for $300 CAD. I can remove most (but not all) in ACR.
As for filters, I am just using some fairly inexpensive circular polarizers. I don’t own any ND filters but that’s next on my list.
* All photos of me credit to my wife.