Thursday, June 11, 2009

There is a naked woman in my living room

The lovely nude, painted by the Rev. JoAnne Bennett, adorns my living room. I love it. The shot above is not a close-up, it is detail from the shot below.


So no, Mimi, my toy is not a new vacuum cleaner. I have one that works quite well, if the vacuumer does not. It is a new camera. I have been craving more detail, more options, etc. in photography for some time.



You might not notice a huge difference in some of these shots, though I sure do, until we go zoom in.










These are from among my very first shots. It took me a while just to figure out how to point and shoot (hooray for menu instruction on the LCD screen).

I don't talk "camera" so you experienced folk should not expect any discussion of technical details. But I do take photos and share them. (It's a Canon Eos 500D "Rebel T1i" and that's as techie as I am going to get.)

I plan to splurge further on a telephoto lens and I already have a tripod. I think this falls into the category of indulgent spending that makes sense: something I enjoy immensely, will actually use, and can share with others. (Well, that's what I tell myself, anyway.)

For those who don't know it already, The Cunning Runt is one of my big heroes. His eye and sensibility, combined with good cameras and lots of effort and technique, bless us almost daily with the most amazing shots of nature. They truly nourish my soul.

--the BB

3 comments:

David said...

Paul
I wholeheartedly endorse this purchase! And enough of this negative dualistic thinking.

The camera, if you really think outside of the predictable worthiness/guilt dualism can, and will be yet another instrument of witness and praise, as you continue to witness to the glory of God's creation with your pics, and to embelish your more thougtful posts.

I am blessed with two cameras here, and the only guilt is over how little i get to use them. Zero technical skills or understanding here too, they continue to be a source of real joy and wonder.

Enjoy your toy Paul and we'll enjoy the results.

hugs

David@Montreal

Paul said...

I don't feel guilty about this one, but it was a huge purchase and thus a big decision. I am afraid that I measure my savings in how many months of healthcare insurance it will cover the next time I am unemployed.

The new toy is a real investment in creativity and community, even if it cost more than an insurance payment. I can hardly wait to get some lenses for it.

Grandmère Mimi said...

The first pictures from the new camera are excellent. Enjoy!