Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500.

[HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $99]

This scan tracks the progression of my digital photography career from my hobby days with a 3 megapixel point-and-shoot camera through a series of higher resolution cameras requiring ever more space and write speed. These aren't all my memory cards. Piles of them are lost, or sold at garage sales, but I found enough to lay out on a desktop scanner and tell the basic story. Take a look, for example, at the 3rd card in the 2nd row. It's marked with an "X"- a message to myself that the card had failed and should be discarded.