It’s one of those events that has given me some insight at how integral my camera is to my life. In October I reported on this blog that my camera was sent in for a cleaning. I took advice about where to send it, from a local reliable camera store. Okay. Elaborate prep packaging and paper work done; then sent it off for a cleaning. Oh no. Get it back and it’s broken. I mean, really broken. Darn it. I remain calm. It’s only a camera. (As my former boss would say to me, “Nobody died, Catherine.” Words to live by, if you think about them. Gives me a good perspective on the the-order-of-importance of hierarchy.)
One week goes by and I am feeling bereft, disoriented and slightly bewildered. No camera. I use my phone for photos, which proves to have limitations, no Zoom lens for one, and disturbing artifacts that activate like ‘live’ photos- a Very ghost in the machine effect.
Images shot with my smart phone – I did not see the refections when I was shooting the pics of the Wests at the zoo. This is one happy accident of art, of the reflections in a window, while viewing the Gorilla.
Sooo, what to do. What to do? I sent the sad camera to Chicago and the bad news was that the entire zoom lens and motor had to be replaced. Oh yes. The cost was more than the camera was worth. Ugh. Asked for advice (what do I know?) from a dear friend who knows about the dollars worth and the world. The verdict: purchase a new camera.
Cameras are a market where technology rules. I’m a painter and photography is my hobby. I took classes in it at the university. I do not need a mega professional camera for what I do. However I would like one with some wizardry built in.
Nowadays cameras are like small robots that make pictures for the user. I researched the internet about models that interested me. Very slowly I began to grasp the newest stuff out there. It’s daunting to read endless reviews and jargon and look up what the jargon means. Hey! Do I want to make videos or selfies or have a touch screen? Nah. I want a better zoom than I had, yeah… and so forth. Me – a very grateful user of all the geek sites that review cameras. I just typed in what type of camera I was looking for “Camera X reviews” and I had hours of fun reading.
Santa Claus is bringing me a new camera. I picked it out. Whew, that was work and I fretted until that was over. Relief has come over me.
In the meantime, I have started to rebuild my art website. I have begun to add art work – portraits and some stories behind the work. http://www.catherinekatt.com There is still work to be done on the site, including a contact form.
Shot with a smart phone – Greetings of the Season to you!
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