My First Photograph

Since my mother died recently, I’ve been going through some old photos and I came across this. I’m pretty sure this is the first photograph I ever took, around 1971 or 1972.

I used my Pop’s camera, a Leica model of some sort, on a tripod for a time exposure of about 10 or 15 seconds. Probably using the fastest F-stop available and about ASA 200. This evening twilight photo was taken on Green Mountain long before any neighborhoods were built. At latitude 34.5 N, it is looking NNW towards the powerline about 100 yards away. I haven’t been able to identify what constellation this is looking at, but Alpha Ursae Minoris (Polaris) is just behind the bush on the right side of the photo.

It sure brings back some wonderful memories!

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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