Rickshaws, Kathmandu, 1999

Taken during a visit to Nepal in 1999 probably with a Canon AE-1 camera and I can’t recall what lens. I say Canon AE-1 because the only other camera I had at that time was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. Some of the other pictures in this batch could not have been taken with the wider than normal lens on the Minolta, so by process of elimination it must have been the Canon and probably a zoom lens of some kind.

Canon AE-1

In an earlier post I mentioned that my first camera was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. After a while I started to feel that I was a bit limited by this camera and its fixed 40mm fixed lens. To be honest I think that I just really wanted an interchangeable lens SLR. I was fascinated by the Canon A-1 and it’s electronic wizardry, but I couldn’t afford one at the time. So I bought a second hand Canon AE-1. It worked well enough but it wasn’t in terrific condition cosmetically. It served me well for years though. About 30 years later I took it out. The light seals had deteriorated and the “gunk” had managed to get all over the mirror. I also found two 50mm f1.8 FD lenses. I have no idea why I had two. The apertures on both were completely frozen. After checking around I found that AE-1’s are not particularly expensive. So I bought an AE-1 body and a couple of lenses and also the A-1 body that I had always wanted. Lovely camera – but that’s a topic for another post. I still didn’t throw away the old AE-1 body though. Maybe one day I’d find a way to clean it. So it sat around in a bag. The lower level of our house recently flooded and one of the items affected was the old Canon AE-1, which was soaked. The insurance gave me $120 to replace it. I’m not entirely sure that the pictures below were taken with this camera. It was either this one or the Minolta and I don’t think I would have been able to get this close with the Minolta – so I’m guessing it was the Canon.

Street scene – Kathmandu

Women by a temple

Street Scene – Bhaktapur

Woman with child

Mother and baby Giraffe