Kodachrome


I got a new camera for Christmas.  My husband can’t stand to see me struggle over anything, and although I never complain, there must be a look.  A frustrated glaring at whatever device I’m mangling into some modicum of acceptable performance.

For instance, he gave me a new Dell All In One about a 18 months ago.

“I got tired of watching you squint over that ten year old laptop.”

He gave me a camera a couple Christmases ago too. He said, “it’s not an expensive one, but I thought it would be better than what you were using.”

Only, I would try to take pictures of my favorite subjects – the moon.   Dang it.  Blurry.

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A sunrise or sunset.  Dang it.  Blurry.

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Miss Priss.  Payton.  The camera was slow, and I remember trying so hard to get the perfect shot of Miss Priss eating her cake when she turned 1.  In this case there was likely frustrated declarations, “Argh!  I missed it!  Argh!  It’s blurry!  Come on Payton, just one more.  I got to get a good picture of you and Abigail.  Argh, it’s orangey!  Oh well.”

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Sure, there were some good shots too.  Like this.

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And this.  (I only took about 50 to get this one)

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Still, it could have been better.

As usual, my husband heard, and he acted.  This year, he gave me a whizz bang camera that, at the moment, is smarter than Stephen Hawking – or at least I think it is when I stare at all the buttons, and the two different lenses, and the VIDEO TAPE that came with it to tell me how to manage it.

It’s a Nikon.  As he put it, “A nice camera.”

I’m going to love it – once I know what to do with it.

 

 

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Hi Donna ~ yes , I can totally relate at this moment I have a lovely new fancy Nikon mirrorless with all of the perfect stuff too! Supposedly mirrorless is closest to practice for my Dream Camera , the Leica! The premium product when I finally learn to take decent photos one day soon ! My Daddy is like your husband ! My husband of only five years could not fake his true colors for very long ! HA! Dawn

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… and “Donna don’t take my Kodachrome, Donna don’t take my Kodachrome, Donna don’t take my Kodachrome away-yi-yi-yay-yay” also works REALLY well as a personal lyric for you to hum as you learn …

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    Oh my word. I have to say, ever since I posted Paul Simon’s song here, I’ve found it in my head more than I want. But it’s a great song. I’ve always loved him/his music and when he was with Garfunkel too, of course.

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You’ve got a good one there. And a nice camera, too.

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I’m glad that your husband gave you a new camera for Christmas, Donna! You are a very talented photographer, and you take amazing pictures. And what a treat to see Abigail and Payton again…I LOVE them! Enjoy your new camera, and please share more pictures with us soooon.<3 ❤ ❤

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    ❤ ❤ ❤

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    I’m glad I got a new one too, Lilac! It’s a little complicated – you should see the settings/picture information it shows me. I swear it’s like looking at the cockpit dashboard of a 747 or something. Lots and lots of info. Don’t worry – once I get the hang of it – I won’t even have to type anything. I can just post pics. 😉

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