These classic cars are one of the earliest photos I made with my D70. Might have had it for a week. I was a guest at a private party when I made this photo in 2004, had about 30 minutes and 1GB chip to make all the photos I could before the speeches started. I did a careful calculation to justify the D70 purchase: it would pay for itself after the equivalent of 100 rolls of slide film not run through the N80, at $12 per roll of film and processing costs.
I naively thought I would make it pay in a year. Little did I imagine that I would shoot the equivalent of 400 rolls in that time. It’s only gotten worse. I think the D2X rolled over past 40,000 exposures last weekend, but it might be 50,000, in 2 years. Adriel and I were talking about the waste of time to cull through digital exposures that are “free” although costly in terms of time and storage. Lightroom and other cataloging programs will speed up the process, but now I realize my time is still my most valuable asset each day.
I am coveting a new camera, and it is good to look at my old imagery to think about what I really need to make the photos I want to make. I photographed the Chevy image with the basic D70 and kit 18-70 lens: the cheapest Nikon offering on the market at the time, and in very low light. The image still pleases me. It’s not about the gear. It’s about what I see. Repeat. It’s about what I see.