Ode to a Camera

Oh, Baby, Baby
I love my new baby
Not this baby
Although I love her too
But this baby
Newest addition to my family
She is flippin’ fast
Zoom! Zoom!
Whirrrr! Bling! Blang!
Capturing my heart moments
Freezing wonder
Sometimes in midair
She is very mysterious
I’m devilishly striving
To discover
How to push her buttons
To manipulate her
Use her
But definitely not abuse her
Will it last?
This love?
This mystery?
This fascination?
Discovering something
New about her
Every day
She is all I can
Think about

I have no aspirations to become a professional photographer who sells my photos. I see the photographs on blogs and on websites and they are way beyond anything I can aspire to. What I love about taking photos is the mixing of the photos with writing and now, I’ve discovered it’s fun to mix with poetry.

Photos inspire my writing. And writing inspires me to seek out photos to go with what I’ve written. And both the writing and photos motivate me to do something memorable every day — something photo worthy. And this makes my life richer and mucho funner. Smiles abound.

I wish I could take a photo of Maery floating on a cloud to capture what I’m trying to say. Here are a few samples from my first photos taken, just using the automatic settings. I didn’t adjust anything on the photos below, besides their size, except for the two with Java so you could see her eyes, which disappear in her black fur. (I do a lot of light and color adjustment on photos taken with my other camera.) You’ll see that we got a little dusting of snow last night.

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  1. Sounds like you’ve found a winning combination…photos, prose, and/or poetry.

    Like your abounding smiles and excitement.

    Can’t wait to see your coming attractions.

  2. Congrats on the new camera! I always enjoy your photos.

    John has been telling me I need a professional camera instead of my little point and shoot. He thinks it will improve my photo taking skills and make me look more professional when I go out on photo jobs.

    Personally, I don’t think it’s the equipment that makes a good photographer. You’ve got to know what makes a good photo. You’ve got to be able to know how to set up the perfect photo so you don’t have to rely on editing.

    I’ve seen folks who buy the most expensive cameras and lenses and then they have to spend hours in photoshop fixing up their photos. That’s not good photography. That’s good editing.

    Anyway, like you, I believe stories are not only able to help tell a story, but they can be the story. Just like how we visit an art gallery, we see a painting or sculpture that speaks to us. The artist is trying to teach or show us something, but art, as well as photography is always up for personal interpretation.

    Most of all, taking photos and sharing them is just plain fun.


  3. Sally – Thanks for the comments!

    Jill – The new camera is fun and so much less frustrating than the old.

    Lisa – I agree. It’s not the equipment that makes the photographer. You have to be the kind of person that notices details, pattern, lines, things that will make a good photo. I think you have that talent. I’m improving on it the more I take photos and the more I see the things that I didn’t want in the photo. My favorite photos (or any art) is not the most beautiful photo but the most interesting one – the one that is whimsical or funny or shows some kind of emotion like joy or sadness. My old camera was just so frustrating in it’s lag time before actually adjusting and taking the shot that I was ready to throw it into the river.

  4. Woohoo!!! I love your new camera (she says turnin’ a little green with envy here)

    Congratulations sweetie…I’m thrilled for ya. :o)

    Enjoy your camera…I know we will.

    God bless ya!

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