The Beginning

Everything has a beginning and this is mine: the HP PhotoSmart 318. Today most likely any smartphone camera would easily beat it, but back then in 2001 it was a revolution for me. With a resolution of 2 megapixels, no zoom and an memory for about 8 photos (until for quite some money I got a 128mb memory card), you had to deal with some limitations. On the other hand, at this time you were the cool guy with an lcd viewfinder while all people around you were with their noses on the camera.


So, this specific photo here was taken on my summer vacation 2001 in France and shows the Sénanque Abbey. While I have to agree that it’s not really hard taking a good photo of this place (just google, you’ll find likely billions), it is still one of my very first steps in digital photography.


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