Yes, my Nikon D80 is dead and has been for four months. I finally managed to write about it too and you may read about it here.

I have actually been in touch with a few sellers in the past weeks, except that my money was all over the place and there wasn’t really much of a need to get a camera ASAP, until the other day when my boss asked me, “You’re a photographer right?” (Actually, there was a ringing in my ear when she said that, which is always my reaction every time someone puts “you” and “photographer” in one sentence when talking to me.) I said, “Um, yes” though and she said, “Can you take photos of the lab fest? Because no one officially is.” I told her I have been seeing people with cameras in the audience and I thought there was. She said no though and that is how I became an official photographer of the VLF6. She also said, “Take good photos ha!” and I’m no magician, but I said I will do my best.

VLF6 Camera Pass

VLF6 Camera Pass

The problem was, I had no camera as of that very moment I took on the responsibility. I had less than 24 hours to get one. And so I did. So fortunate was I to see an ad on TPC that same night, and I hurried on to beat the others to the goods. And that I did too.

By noon of June 24, I had a Nikon D90 in my hands. I had two hours to get to know it.

Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera on Amazon at $1,019

The first thing I noticed was how light it was in my blue Crumpler 5-million dollar bag. I had to keep checking if it was still there while I was going through the arduous and dangerous commute. I distinctly remember how heavy the D80 was.

It took quite a bit to figure out the correct settings but I finally managed to get it a few minutes after the first play started. I didn’t even get to use the Live View feature. Maybe next time. 🙂 For now, here is a shot of Floy Quintos’ Suor Clara, shot at an aperture of f/5.3, shutter speed of 1/50 and focal length of 75mm, ISO 800.

Frances Makil-Ignacio and Ronan Capinding in Floy Quintos' Suor Clara

Frances Makil-Ignacio and Ronan Capinding in Floy Quintos' Suor Clara

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