Siwash Rock, Stanley Park

I’ve been trying to sort through my photo collections to see if I can find two or three I can donate to a cancer fundraising event called Picture the Cure here in Toronto in August. The deadline for submissions is looming, but I’m finding my main problem is that I haven’t taken digital photos in a resolution high enough to meet minimum requirements. That is, until fairly recently, but out of the ones that qualify, I still don’t know which pictures to submit. Gauging by the calibre of the photos submitted thus far, I don’t think mine are good enough.

My equipment is a major limitation, the sensor not being able to capture as much information as I’d like, lots of “noise” even though I use the lowest ISO possible (50), shutter not responsive enough, slow writing to memory card, blah blah blah… it’s a point-and-shoot digital that I bought in 2004 and has an ‘odometer’ reading of 17,000+ images. There’s only so much I can expect from this camera. I can hopefully upgrade later in the year, but in the meantime photography with the digicam is free, while the Pentax K-1000 costs money to develop film. I’ll have to make sure I don’t drop the Canon in the meantime. The Pentax can take it — it’s heavy and solid, with no sensor — but the Canon has an electronic chip that would render the camera useless if damaged and I’ve already had to have the navigational button fixed a year ago. It can only take so much abuse.

Anyway, I went all the way back in my Flickr photostream to the first photo I uploaded in September 2004. Apparently I’d registered on Flickr in June but hadn’t done anything more than browse through other people’s photos. I still hadn’t understood what ‘tagging’ was, or joined any groups. Looks like this photo of Siwash Rock was the inaugural upload. A fine picture to start off with, don’t you think?