Sep 17, 2012

A Passion for the Captured Memory

A lot of what I've been writing lately has been so heavy, so I am going a little frivolous today.

I have a lot of hobbies and/or vices (however you look at it).  I am really good at filling my time.  I could be binge reading books, beading, blogging, reading blogs and online articles, perusing FB or designing invitations (love to do this), I enjoy watching mindless T.V., spending time with friends, occasionally I enjoy cooking and even organizing something (this is rare).    

Needless to say, I don't need another hobby.  But I want to expand and increase my time in one hobby that already fills my time and the memory on my computer.  Photography.

Sigh. Something about capturing a moment, to save forever, makes me smile.

I love to take photographs.  It started when I was a young 'un, filling photo albums at as young as 10 years old.  I had my 10mm, and then my 35mm.  I took over 2000 pictures (and paid to have them developed) during my four years in High School. I collected Ansel Adams photography as a teen (and young adult) and have a fascination with Landscape Photography.  

I kept upgrading cameras, until finally I bought a digital camera about 8 years ago, and a whole new world opened up to me!  I am on my third digital camera, my previous camera was a Canon Power Shot, which I clicked into the ground.  

About a year ago, as my Power Shot was taking it's last pictures, I had less than $200 to spend on a new camera, and though I wanted a SLR (Single Lens Reflex for non-camera peeps) camera, I settled for a "Bridge" camera, one that had some SLR features (like the ability to take ridiculous close-ups) with the price and ease of use of a traditional automatic.

After doing my research and reading reviews I decided on {my baby,} a Fujifilm Finepix S2950. I found an amazing deal on Amazon and got it just in time as a gig as camp photographer at RCP (a Christian camp our family goes to yearly in the Santa Cruz mountains.)

I love taking pictures with this camera! It goes everywhere with me, and though it is no pocket camera, it is light weight and can fit in my "mom" purse.  Alas, the more fun I have playing with it's SLR features, the more I realize that I WANT a SLR camera... something like ...

(Wait, I have to cover my Fuji's microphone)

A Canon Rebel T3 or something very similar to that.  Something that costs in the neighborhood of $500-$700.  (Once you add the big lens and maybe a flash kit)  Or maybe I will just keep saving and by-pass the entry-level camera and shoot for the mid-range or professional level and keep saving to get the Nikon D300, it's only about 3 times more expensive in the $1500-$1700 range, but it might be worth it, to keep me from buyers remorse.

It's like the children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" - If you give AJ a camera, she'll want to take a photography course, and if she takes a photography course she'll want (fill in the blank with whatever camera gadgets you can choose)... it's dangerous to give me a new gadget... plus when will I see my children?

Nevertheless, I think it's time to start saving for the future.  
It's good to set goals, check out these pictures taken with my Fuji and tell me if I have a future...

Thanks for taking the time to indulge my hobby.
Okay, one of my kids:

Have a fabulous day!

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