|Message from oldhiker
I've been a photographer since about 1959, when my father gave me a Brownie Twin 20, which used 120 roll film. He had a darkroom and he taught me how to make prints. Unfortunately, all my youthful efforts disappeared in a move. I lost the camera when I left it on the roof of the car after a backpacking trip; it is made of plastic and is still lying by the road somewhere in the Stanislaus National Forest. The pictures are probably no loss, as the Twin 20 wasn't much of a camera and I wasn't much of a photographer. But I loved using it and making prints, usually of camping trips in the Sierra Nevada and the California coast.
These days I use much better digital cameras, but the objective is still the same. I try to capture the beauty of the natural world, especialy the Sierra Nevada and California coast. I think my knowledge and skill have improved since the 1950's. But I wish I still had the Brownie!