I’ve got an external hard drive I rarely access.  On that drive are files from years ago, some film scans dating back to the days of Photoshop 3, and images taken with a number of my earliest digital cameras.  A couple of days ago I was searching for an old photo, and ended up looking at those files.  I thought you might like to see some “ancient history,” a couple of images taken in 2004.


Wheat fields and elevator, Whitman County, Washington.
Nikon D100, Nikon 500mm lens.

Arctic tundra and frost, Denali National Park, Alaska.
Kodak SLR/n camera.

The Kodak SLR/n was a “high-megapixel” camera (13.5 megapixels) based on a modified Nikon N80 film camera body.  Not a very user friendly camera, it took Nikon lenses and was produced for only 15 months, from February 2004 until the end of May 2005.  Focal length metadata was not recorded by the camera, so I can only guess that this was shot with a Nikon 105mm macro.  Kodak also offered a version with a Canon lens mount, the SLR/c, although the body was based on a Sigma design.


  1. Gary Shackelford February 25, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    When I saw the photo of the Arctic tundra it brought to mind a similar photo of yours on p. 105 of your Closeups in Nature book. I own copies of all of your old Amphoto books, and I continue to learn from them when I pull them off the shelf to read the text and study the many beautiful images.

  2. Wayne Nelson February 27, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    They are great shots and hold up surprisingly well! I had a D100. Slow camera but it had a higher mega-pixel (6) than Nikon’s better cameras at the time. I tried shooting Tiff files one day and finally went home with a full cache.