Kodak DC3400 - My First Camera

October 9, 2009

Jongno Tower in SeoulJongno Tower in Seoul, South Korea

At the end of 2001, I bought a Kodak DC3400, my first camera. It takes 4 AA batteries to power, weighs a ton, bulky beyond pocket size - but it took great pictures. I bought it in Seoul, South Korea, to remember a place I will not return for a long time.

I started to bring it every where I went.

A subway exitA subway exit in Seoul.

Oksu stationOksu subway station in Seoul.

View of Seoul from N Seoul TowerView of Seoul from N Seoul Tower.

Panorama of SeoulA panorama of Seoul as seen from N Seoul Tower. There’s a larger version available that spans the entire 360° of the city here

A very dark shot on a lamp postA dark image without any details in the shadow was all this little thing could do; but the lack of detail suits the mood to the composition

An ampitheatre in Yongsan UniversityAn ampitheatre in Yongsan University, South Korea.

Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom, within the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) at the border between North and South KoreaJoint Security Area, straddling at the border between North and South Korea. This is where diplomatic negotiations between the countries take place.

A soldier patrols a railway that leads to Pyongyang from SeoulA soldier patrols a railway that leads to Pyongyang from Seoul

Canada

I moved to Canada in January 2002. Who knew I’d still be here?

Icecles form on tree branches and twigs after a freezing rainIce coats tree branches and twigs after a freezing rain. Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Yellow autumn leaves on the ground, shined on brightly by the SunWindsor, Ontario, Canada.

An old ship dock at Detroit River, the Sun directly pointing towards the cameraAn old ship dock at Detroit River, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Broken in a Bang

I travelled to Ottawa in the winter of 2002. Afraid of the cold Canadian winters, I wore the thickest jacket I could find. Taking the camera in and out of my backpack behind my bulky jacket became tedious.

I ended up putting my camera in the jacket's front pocket. In a rush to get out of the car and get back into the warmth of my hotel room, the camera slipped out of my pocket and slammed onto the ground. The battery compartment door broke.

For the rest of the trip, I had to tape the battery compartment door shut. But the days were numbered for my first camera.

The Parliament building in Ottawa, CanadaThe Parliament building in Ottawa, Canada

Looking down from an elevator in CN Tower, Toronto, CanadaLooking down from an elevator in CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

Yellowing meadows line Lake Ontario in the sunsetSomewhere between Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kodak DC3400 Specs

Bought: November 2001
Resolution: 2.1 megapixels
Focal length: 38-76mm
Number of photos taken with it still in my hard drive: ~1,500

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