A couple of weeks ago, my first DSLR, the Nikon D80, died of mechanical arrest. All of a sudden, while my son was taking pictures of a tiger, it stopped shooting. It turned out that the mirror was locked and wouldn’t move anymore. ERR was the camera’s last word. In this post, I invite you to look back at the best shots I took with the D80. And because in the early days I hadn’t seen the light and realized it was monochrome yet, you’ll also find quite a few color photographs.
Nikon D80 – A fateful purchase
I had purchased it in 2007, just before a two-week road trip through South England. Little did I know that it would become my entry into the world of and obsessive addiction to photography. It became a trusted travel companion not only in the UK but also on every other trip I made in the following seven years. It was there to document the birth and growth of my kids and the changes in and around my house. It was my tool of choice to explore the world around me in new ways, and it had enough limitations to inspire artistic and technological experimentation. I had countless first times with the D80: The first long exposure, the first HDR, the first ICM shot, the first landscapes and portraits, the first detour into the abstract world, and, of course, the first black and white photo.
A trip to the past
When I went through more than seven years worth of photographs, I realized that I was not only looking at a bunch of pictures, I was also revisiting one of the most important and beautiful parts of my life. Come and join me when I revisit some old photos and share some memories.
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