Remembering the First Photograph I Made

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

When I was eight years old my parents gave me my first camera; later when I was in high school they gave me my first 35mm camera, and Argus C3. Both events changed my life.

I remember the first photograph that I made. It was of a flag flying from a pole in Baltimore’s Collington Square, next to the bandstand where the Baltimore Municipal Band would give free concerts when I was a kid. So this particular sport, in this particular place has special meaning for me, so maybe that’s why I made it to start with.

And because I was an eight year old kid when I got my second roll of 620 film, I loaded it into the hand-me-down Kodak Box Brownie my parent gave me and went back to the same flag pole to make the shot—again. I would love to have either one of the prints from that camera but they have long ago been lost in time.

But that didn’t stop me from trying it yet again this time with the widely unloved (but I thought it was cool) Pentax K-01 mirrorless cameras. It was a yellow one like the one at right that I tested for Shutterbug magazine. Using the K-01’s Extract Color digital filter I created an homage to that very first photograph but it wasn’t shot in Baltimore, Maryland, but on Wilcox Street in Castle Rock Colorado.

Looking at the images on my computer I was impressed by the K-01’s 16-megapixel resolution and the ability to have fun with its built-in Instagram-style special effects. Exposure for the flag photograph was 1/1000 sec at f/9 and ISO 400, with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 18mm. The image came out of the camera mostly as you see it with maybe just a bit of burning and dodging applied in Photoshop.




My out-of-print book Creative Digital Monochrome Effects is still available and (I think anyway) is a fun read. It’s available used from Amazon for the bargain price of $4.00, which is a bargain. There’s even a chapter on infrared photography.