If it wasn’t for you lending me your camera, the thought of picking up a DSLR and trying it would have never crossed my mind. Your generosity opened my eyes to the possibilities of photography beyond using a power-shot. I was so grateful for being able to take your camera on my adventures throughout Europe that I treated it with utmost care, locking it for safety whenever I wasn’t using it and diligently wrapping it in huge bubble wrap in my backpack. I only put it at risk once - when I went to a secluded beach only reachable by walking in shoulder-high water after disembarking a boat - but that was because I had done the trek the day before and I knew what precautions to take to protect it (sealed in ziploc many times over, carrying it high above my head!). The risk of getting swept away by a wave was worth it, the camera made it through and the photos of the clear blue water, black sand beach, and white cliffs were glorious!
Louis, thank you for introducing me to my newfound passion for photography.