Archive for July, 2013

Grass Closeup

I know I’m a little strange, but back before I switched to digital photography, I always looked forward to the little unexpected surprises when my photos came back.  The accidental snapshots, the strange orbs or streaks that sometimes appear, and the imperfections caused by an imperfect photographer.  They made taking photos fun and exciting.  You never knew exactly what you were going to get back.

Of course, this uncertainty was usually a bad thing.  There was always the chance you might blow capturing that priceless memory.  Or your thumb might get in the way.  Or you might accidentally cut someone’s head off in the shot.  There wasn’t much trial and error with basic film.

Still, I miss the mystery and the suspense of seeing what would develop from my laid-back photo shoots.  In a way, it felt like painting in the dark, and then waiting for the lights to come on to see the final product.  Even with the imperfections, it’s still a work of art.

That is why I get all excited when I’m cruising through my digital photos and stumble upon accidental photos–you know, the ones that are clearly on your memory card, but you have no clue how they got there.  They are visual proof of what goes on when you might be distracted or someone else is fiddling with your camera.

Today, I thought I’d share with you this accidental closeup of grass.  I’m guessing my daughter took it, but I can’t be certain since she has absolutely no recollection and we all were using my camera that day.  When I came across it tonight I couldn’t help but imagine that this is what our view would be if we were little pixies.  From that tiny perspective, even a nicely trimmed lawn would look like jungle.  Look out; it’s a jungle out there, my friends!

My first photo with my new camera

My first photo with my new camera

Recently, I purchased a new used camera, and I couldn’t be happier!  She may be used and a little scratched up, but she’s my new pride and joy.  She takes beautiful photos and I know with some practice and some trial and error (since she didn’t come with a manual), I’ll be in snapshot heaven for hopefully years.

This is my third digital camera.  I still have my other two, and I don’t have any plans to give them up any time soon.  It always seems like I eventually end up outgrowing my cameras.  Still, I love them, and they have brought a lot of joy into my life and preserved many a precious memory.  They are more than simple objects.  They are the portals through which I have explored this world around like never before.  They have given me a unique perspective on my surroundings.  And I’ll cherish them forever.

Since my new camera didn’t come with a shoulder strap or batteries, I have only gotten to snap a few photographs.  I’m already in love though, and I’m forever daydreaming about the days and nights I’m going to spend behind that gorgeous lens of hers.  Be prepared for tons more photos.  I’ll surely be obsessed now!

Beach 001

Some of you have noticed that I’ve been AWOL for quite some time.  I spent over a month on a blogging-free vacation.  Although I love blogging, I needed some time away.  During this vacation of mine, I was the maid of honor at my mother’s wedding.  I took a week long vacation to SC with my family and had the honor of introducing my two children to the beach and the magnificent ocean.  I also spent some time working on my novels and writing some poetry.  But most importantly, I took some time to rest, relax, and de-stress.

It is amazing how stressed, overwhelmed, and bent out of shape we can become after having far too much on our plates for far too long.  Sometimes we just have to stop, shake things up a bit, and get away.  That is what I had to do, but now I feel refreshed and renewed.  I’m back and feeling better than ever!

How are you all doing?  What have you been up to while I was off on my vacation from blogging and overworking?