Canon EOS 1D Mark II N - My first 1D Canon, with the splendid 70-200mm L series lens attached

Professional Camera; still an amateur

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So the year is 2006

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N - My first 1D Canon, with the splendid 70-200mm L series lens attached

And I had my new camera; it was a beast in many senses. My Canon EOS 10D had survived 2 ½ years before I ‘needed’ to upgrade. In the interim I had started to build a decent collection of lenses, so my kit bag was expanding. I should say kit bags, but that is another story.

The camera I had purchased was a favourite of the sports photographer, thanks to its impressive frame rate (8.5fps), its increased megapixel count of 8.2mp and its bullet-proof construction (I’m para-phrasing the review sites of the time; I’m not entirely sure they are actually bullet-proof, nor am I willing to test that fact.) Armed with my new toy, I headed to my local motor-racing circuit, Brands Hatch. The camera, teamed with my 100-400mm Canon ‘L’ series lens, captured some stunning shots. Granted, I had learnt some of the required techniques, (They should be, or will be, in my ‘How-to’ section.)

As I refer to this post, and the others in this series, I am constantly referring to my ‘library of images’. I don’t have an exact figure, but there are in the region of 65,000 Images sitting by my toes! That’s where I store my NAS, that’s Network Attached Storage, boxes – told you I am a geek. There is also another post in my ‘How-to’ section on storage & backup, because I would be distraught if I lost everything – it’s 16 years’ worth of images as of 2016! To manage all those images I utilise Adobe Lightroom, guess what; yep, there’s a post in my ‘How-to’ section on the workflow too. Anyway, I digress, back to 2006

2006 was a dark year for me; it’s the year I lost my father to cancer. He fought bravely for 2 years, but the initial diagnosis was that it was terminal so the outcome was inevitable. So a sunny day in June turned very dark. Still life goes on, and so it did.

My photography had taken a dip in the previous months; travel had been limited, and days out were restricted. After the death of my father, the camera started to get some more mileage. Janis had a month long assignment to Copenhagen, and I took the chance to visit. We also booked another holiday of a lifetime, the west coast of the USA, taking in Pacific Highway 1, in what turned out to be a mammoth escapade.

The trip to the west coast taught me an important lesson in camera management, the horror word for those of us with interchangeable lenses; DUST. Yes, the photos from that break have a very nasty sprinkling of dust contamination on the sensor, and it was my own fault.

Still 2007 was going to be better.

About the Author


Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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