Hobby … part 2

A photo I took using compact camera.

Ok, so I gave up photography long time ago. Such a quitter I am … lol

When you are young, you got distracted easily. I was soon busy with schools when I moved to study in Singapore. New friends, new environment, learning to be independent as I’m staying with my uncle and his family. I was pretty much left alone and go about my daily life. Photography never crossed my mind.

During my junior college time, personal computers became mainstream. My sister-in-law got one. It’s super expensive by today standard, about S$3K and running on 80286 CPU and 640 Kbytes RAM, 20 MB hard disk. A lowest spec smartphone today has more computing power than that. LMAO. But it was state of the art during that time, top range personal computer. You can do little with it, mainly Lotus 1-2-3 (grandfather of Excel). Photography never crossed my mind.

But soon I found a better use for it. I install games on it! Did I mention the monitor is monochrome? Black and white and 16 shades of gray. Can you imagine that? But that didn’t stop me to play computer games on it and thinks of ways to upgrade the hardware. I started by adding more RAM. Then video card, to increase to 256 colors. And finally a sound blaster card. Suddenly the computer became colorful and fun. It’s no longer giving beeps only, it can play synthetic sound. These two upgrades enhanced my gaming experience tremendously! I played Romance of Three Kingdom, Dungeons and Dragons, flight simulator etc. Gaming became my main pastime. Photography never crossed my mind.

Time flies from secondary school, junior college, university, starting new first job, got married . Photography never crossed all those years. Then my son was born and I bought a compact camera. But that’s not because I want to start photography as a hobby. I bought the camera to record my son’s growing up life. That camera is just a recording device. Photography never crossed my mind.

So photography is still not my hobby even though I had the compact camera and used it to record my son’s growing up life for a few years.

How did I get serious about photography? To be continued. ..


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