Since the client was not quite prepared to run foul of copyright laws, he instructed me to shoot my own photos for the write-up I had to do for him. Fair enough. But there was a problem: I didn’t own a camera. When I alerted him of this, he promptly wired some money so I could purchase one. Money in hand, I rushed out to the local Jaya Jusco to do just that.
At Jaya Jusco’s consumer electronic section, I was faced with two more problems. First, the money he sent me was barely enough. Second, do I go Canon or Nikon? The first one was addressed by deciding to go for the cheapest compact I could find. The second was solved with a more arbitrary approach: of my photography-mad friends, I liked the Nikon users better. So, with some help from a very knowledgeable and helpful sales assistant, I walked away with a Nikon L21 for RM348.
Since I have been an armchair photographer for as long as I can remember, I was quite excited over this new acquisition. True, the Nikon L21 – a low-end compact digital – had very limited capabilities (what did you expect for RM348?) but this was my chance to put whatever I had read about photography into practice. Right or wrong, good or bad, I was going to go out there and shoot the best photos I could. After getting the shots I needed for the write-up, I hit the streets to do the personal stuff.
Here is some of the stuff I did. Hope you like them.