New year already!
1 January 2005. Neighbourhood children.
Canon Eos 300D
Canon EF 50/1.8 II
shutter time & aperture unknown
December was a good month.
We got notice that Sumiya and Nomin's visa applications were approved, and that she could pick them up in Beijing. She went there in January and now I am ready to go to UB again. It'll be a special visit. Not only will we finally celebrate Nomin's birthday together but also Tsagaan Sar (Mongolian New Year), and we'll come back to Holland together! I'm looking forward to see them again so much....
Friday before Christmas I got my new Canon Eos 300D (or Digital Rebel in the US). Damn, it's big! Well, it feels big and clumsy compared to any of my rangefinders. I'm very pleased with being able to capture my shots on a digital medium; it saves so much money on film and development, and so much time on scanning. But I'm really not happy with how the camera operates; no way I can make quick adjustments to f-stop, shutter speed or anything without having to do finger acrobatics: pushing a button here with one finger while turning a wheel there with another and chimping over the display just to see if I got the setting I want. This is one camera that won't see much street action, I fear, but it'll probably be the main camera when it comes to shooting assignments or projects, especially if it's impossible or impractical to do the shoot over.
Lately I've been shooting more and more with my Leica M2. I'm getting a bit more used to using a handheld meter. It'll never be my preferred way of metering (give me an internal meter any day), especially not in cold or wet weather, but at least I'm no longer opposing using the damn thing.