I’ve been let loose with the camera (my previous 2 posts are showing my photos!)
Now, cameras and I do not get on very well.
As a child, I had a little 126 cartridge load gismo as I kept getting tangled up in brown spaghetti.
Then I progressed to the 110, similar gadgetry.
The pictures I took were the usual headless or out of focus shots of friends and family, so I put it down to a bad job and left it to other people to take the pics that mattered.
I never really went anywhere to warrant having a loaded camera with me, so bumbled along quite happily for several years, my trusty 110 available just in case I needed it (weddings, christenings, the very occasional holiday) .
That was until I met Hubby.
Then everything changed and I wanted to capture things we saw together.
We invested in a quality 35mm camera that even I managed to load without mishap, and I took several decent shots, including the one of our previous dog which we had blown up and printed on canvas when he died.
I have a variety of collages in our dining room where we have cut out all the good bits from otherwise crappy photographs and put them all together under a frame. My sister-in-law did a similar thing for revamping an old coffee table.
Sadly my 35mm perished as I forgot to remove the batteries when we packed it away so we replaced it with a cheapie digital camera from the supermarket. The zoom shots were fuzzy, but for what we wanted and what we paid, it wasn’t bad at all. At least those that I cocked up could be deleted and it didn’t cost the earth having them developed and finding 22 out of the 24 shots were rubbish.
Going to New Zealand, it was decided for me to have a new camera, one that took video as well as snapshots. I was going on a holiday of a lifetime for the two of us, and I wanted every shot to count.
Less than a week in, the camera failed. Every picture came out blue, the batteries were always showing as flat and the screen said my little chip thingy was ‘full’, even though it was a brand new one.
I was gutted, but my sister-in-law saved the day by lending me hers, and I took absolutely LOADS, nearly 2000 to be exact, including video of my whale watch.
I bought a single use camera for my return flight, using the last shot to take a picture of snow on the mountains over China. Of the 12, it was one of the four that actually came out OK.
When I got back to the UK, I took the failed camera back and there was no problem at all in getting a refund. Some months later, our other camera died and we bought a more sophisticated digital one to replace it.
This packed up last year, so our Christmas Present to Us was a new cheapie, which is what I’ve been playing with.
Technology and I have never been the best of buddies (it took several years to suddenly discover my mobile phone could send and receive text messages) . It doesn’t help when Hubby says Computers can sense Fear.
Still, he has patiently shown me how to use the computer to resize, enhance and sharpen my photographs so that I can include them in some of my posts.
I can understand why people get addicted to the world of photography and are able to produce such fabulous shots of Nature, Animals or unusual things of interest.
I am in awe of you all, and apologise for my feeble efforts.