Toys Are Where It's At

Taking pictures is an inherited trait, and I got the gene. I'll never forget the family vacation to the Rockies where my dad had to stop every 10 miles (I am not even kidding) so that mom, grandma, and us 3 girls could get out and take no less than half a dozen pictures each before getting back in for the next 10 mile leg. And this was back in the day of film cameras. (If you're too young to remember those, just don't tell me, okay?)

Sam and I didn't take a honeymoon (don't even go there) but we did have that fun 9 day drive to Alaska a few days after we were married. After getting into the wilderness of Canada I realized that it was some of the most beautiful scenery that I'd ever seen (including that trip to the Rockies) and Sam wouldn't stop to let me take pictures. I got very good at 60mph shots, but I have a few albums full of photos with the rearview mirror and windshield wiper in them. It's a shame, really.

I'll never forget when Sam got me a Canon EOS Rebel. That thing was absolutely wonderful. There was nothing that camera wouldn't do for me. We were inseparable for many years, and then, eventually, the love affair cooled. While it was still all that as far as picture taking went, it certainly lacked a little in the toss it in your purse and go department. I stopped lugging it with everywhere I went. I do not have photos of the kids early soccer games. I do not have picture stories of the kids formative years. And I think Luke has 5 pictures of him as a baby.

Okay, I may have exaggerated there a bit, but the fact remains that I stopped taking pictures because that thing was huge and lunky. Sam insisted that we buy a digital camera, and after much persuasion I caved. (That's a story in itself, but it'll be for another day.) I was in picture taking heaven again. I have pictures of flowers growing in my garden simply because my camera fits in my pocket and can go with me everywhere.

My one beef with digital vs. film is the picture quality. When we got our first digital, the megapixel count was 4.0, and was top of the line. We were pointing and shooting fools, filling albums with fuzz. It was sad. We've upgraded over the years and now the photo quality is much improved, but I still longed for my Rebel.

My dear and loving husband heard my sighs of longing and treated me like a goddess. (He's wonderful that way.) I am now the proud owner of a Rebel once again. Digital this time. I am in clicking and shooting heaven. The kids have taken to hiding, ignoring me, and giving me the finger. (Okay, I'm exaggerating again, but you get the point.) Luke did say that he felt like a movie star though. I'm just trying out setting, and need models. If one has toys, one must play. No?

Apparently Micah thought so, too. In the 5 seconds I put The Rebel down yesterday (to get him a drink) Micah reached out his little hand to try his picture taking skills. While we all know that his photographic endeavors are better than mine, I just can't allow him to play with toys of that caliber.

Yes, I'm teaching my kids that I am the most selfish of all with my new toys. But really, it's for their own good. I'd hate to make the choice between one of them and The Rebel. I'll be featuring pictures from it just as soon as I figure out how to get them uploaded to my computer.

17 comments:

Michelle said...

Ooooo, congrats, Karen! You are a lucky woman, what with the kennel and all, too!

So does Micah get the old camera for his sole use now? I'm not at all sharing of my new toys, so I totally get it. And the wee ones want to share all the time!

mommaof4wife2r said...

love it!!!! i'm so excited for you!

Karen said...

Congratulations on the new toy!! I can hardly wait to see all the pictures.

Lovin Mama said...

Have fun with your new "toy"! I wouldn't share either.

(Keri) Auburn Gal Always said...

I don't even let The Mighty Hunter use my Rebel. What lens(es) did you get?

For Christmas, I got a 50mm 1.4fstop. It's what I call BUUUUTTERRRRRRR. I've yet to edit the pics I took with it, they're so good.

The Canon software is great for uploading and automatically oragnizing the pics for you. All you have to do is remember what day you took it. It creates a folder for each day's shots. I love that!

Michelle said...

I have both of those canon rebels too! and as previous commenter mentioned it does organize your photos in folders by date which is really nice. Have fun with your new toy; can't wait to see the pics you take!

Andrea said...

How stinken cool!!! I love the Cannon Rebel, it's a great camera!! And I don't blame you for being stingy with your new toy!! I am very protective about mine!!

Krista said...

I must be missing out! I know what I'm asking for. We all deserve to be treated like goddesses!

Karen Deborah said...

wow that's a lot of info, how'd you get your husband to do that?

Trisha said...

From someone who can't figure out her point and shoot model - congrats on getting such a wonderful camera! Can't wait to see the pictures!

Burgh Baby said...

Y'know, Alexis has never tried to use Mr. Canon. She has told me that he was sitting somewhere he didn't belong, but she has never actually tried to touch him. I must give off vibes. I'm good with that.

JennyH said...

I can't wait to see all your new cool pictures!

justmylife said...

I need a new camera, mine just eats batteries now.

For the record, I don't think I have a picture of my husband where he is not giving me the finger.

Enjoy your new toy.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

I consider my camera more important than air! God help the kids if they touch it!

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

That's your camera & you don't have to share it. Not no how.

Kim said...

Yay for new cameras. Can't wait to see it in action!

HalfAsstic.com said...

So was the pic of the Cannon done by another camera or were you looking in the mirror? And if so, would you please come and clean my mirrors that well? ;-)