Wednesday, October 31, 2007

First post on blogger

Wow, that was easy! I was thinking of buying a book and learning HTML and CSS to do this, but this only took 5 minutes to set up. Yikes! Sometimes being lazy can be such a good thing in life. I had this idea of telling the world about my favorite things in Chicago on a blog. We'll have to see what the 'world' thinks of it! Where to start... how about one of my hobbies?

Photography has been a passion of mine since I was in high school. Mom had just come home with a new Canon AE-1 Program 35mm film camera, handed me the manual and said "tell me how to work this thing!" A couple of hot air balloons were flying overhead, and she wanted to take her first picture with this fancy, new camera. Later, I got my own camera and fell in love with photography. I loved it all; taking pictures of my friends and family, taking pictures downtown Minneapolis, the anticipation of waiting for your pictures to come back from the photofinisher.

In these days of instant gratification with the modern digital cameras, not many people still hand in their film, knowing that it won't come back for at least 24 hours! Can you imagine? Today, I like to shoot both film and digital. I still think it's fun to hand in my Tri-X film to the folks at Central Camera in Chicago and wait a couple of weeks to see what develops. After asking the fellow behind the counter if they've stopped making film yet, I hand him my film and pray that they still have someone that will develop and print it for me. They really do a nice job: custom 3 1/2 x 5 glossy prints, with a white border is what I ask for. Check them out if you're ever in the loop. They've been around since 1899! If you don't have a camera, go inside and get yourself one. Then head back outside under the 'el' and find that timeless photo of Chicago you've always wanted to take!