Early spring crocus

I wonder how many photographers can remember the moment when the bug hit. I can: this was it.

I had been shooting film on my early road trips, but processing costs were killing me. I figured that an inexpensive digital camera would save me a bundle over time. I chose the affordable Kodak EasyShare Z730 for its fine Schneider-Kreuznach lens.

Fooling around in the yard with my new camera, I photographed this fresh crocus. I was thrilled that the camera could focus so closely. I went right inside to look at the image at full size on my computer. I couldn’t believe the great detail it captured, and how well it rendered the purple petals. Why is purple so hard for many cameras to get right?

My curiosity was deeply triggered. I’d collected cameras since I was 9, but never before had the possibilities of photography itself captured my attention. I wanted to take more pictures to explore this camera’s limits. I wanted to renew my collection to explore other cameras. And so I did.

Early spring crocus • Kodak EasyShare Z730 • March, 2007

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