I take photos

My interest in photography started with a film camera on a family holiday to North Queensland in 2001 (age 15). I'd had opportunities to take photographs before, but this was the first time it was related to travel (rather than just school friends) and the first time when I had my own income and could pay for as much film/processing as I wanted (I also had my own Kodak). It was during that trip that mum started to teach me about composition and how to frame a photo (since you didn't really crop anything back then).

Millaa Millaa Falls - From Arthur Bay, Magnetic Island - Dinner Falls
I enjoyed taking photos on that trip, and I enjoyed the thrill of getting photos printed. That was also my first and last attempt at scrapbooking.

I used my first digital camera during my high school formal (2002) and took 12 floppy disks in my handbag for it. And then I received my first 'real' digital camera for Christmas in 2004, a Kodak (EasyShare - 3.2MP) and upgraded the next Christmas to one with 5x optical zoom and a 4MP sensor (Kodak EasyShare Z700).

Things got serious when I started planning my first Europe trip in 2007 and I bought an Olympus 770SW (now with 7MP). It still didn't provide many options for manual control, but with the new modes and functions I could do more than I had previously.

Eiffel Tower - Lucerne - Colosseum - Stonehenge - Roman Forum - Houses of Parliament
I was happy with the photographs I took during my trip, but I knew I could do more with a better camera. My little Olympus lasted me two years and then while planning a trip through the Northern Territory in 2009 I finally bought myself a DSLR (Canon 50D).

Carmichaels Crag - Ubirr Rock - on the road to Uluru - Uluru - Kata Tjuta - Kings Canyon - Birds on Yellow Water - Devils Marbles - Florence Falls
 In late 2013 my camera was replaced with a 70D under insurance and since then I have attempted to increase both my photography skills and my camera knowledge. I am still well and truly in amateur camp though.

You can check out all my photo related posts by viewing my 'photography' tag.

My kit doesn't include anything too fancy, I want to be a better photographer before I invest in better lenses:
- Canon 70D
- (broken) Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
- Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM Lens
- Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC Lens
- Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
- Canon EF 50mm f/2.8 II Lens
- Lensbaby lenses (which I never use)

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