by Anura Guruge
1. Bob Ness photography
>> — Aug. 19, 2014.
2. Thomas Lavoie photos
>> — July 31, 2014.
3. J. Richard Hale
>> photography — July 31, 2014.
4. Alton photographer, John Bishop
>>— Dec. 12, 2013.
I think it is fairly self-explanatory. I hate waste.
Yes, yes, yes. I have been meaning to do a post about the Nikon Coolpix L820. I took this and some of the other pictures at the Pittsfield, N.H., ‘Hot Air Balloon Rally‘ with the L820. I bought it refurbished for $139. And that in a nutshell was the problem. It was a very good, even excellent, $139 camera. But, I wanted something more than that. Within 36 hours I knew that the L820 was NOT for me. I got it around 4pm on a Friday, I had it returned by noon Sunday! Felt bad, BUT ‘they’ — a new online company — had urged me to give it a try. They proved to be good. Cost me nothing — just like they promised. Bravo. So ALL I ended up with was this 0.8″ document I printed and a COUPLE of Nikon neck straps I had bought, from Amazon (of course), because I thought I was going to become (again) a Nikon owner. Not to be.
OK. Today I got delivery of a Canon EOS Rebel T3i EF-S 18-55 mm IS II, refurbished, from Canon. It was ONE HECK of a deal. That is why I got it. No it is not a $139 camera. I have owned Canons before. Had an A-1 for the longest time. The T3i looks more like what I need. BUT I have to strike a compromise. Photography, I convince myself, is NOT a passion. It is a hobby. Writing is the passion. So have to keep priorities straight. I do NOT want a camera that will eat into my writing time. That is the dilemma. The hardcore photographers I know, with cameras more expensive than our humble abode, do nothing else. Not even sure whether they have sex. The cameras rule their life. Do NOT want that. Basically want a GOOD, full-feature DSLR that I can use as a point-and-shoot. Makes sense to me. I ‘studied’ long time ago to be a photographer. I still remember the basic. IF I read an instruction manual I will be able to use 70% of the functions of a DSLR from memory. So that is the goal. A T3i as my slightly heavy and bulky point-and-shoot. I HOPE. I really do not want to confess, by Christmas, that I upgraded. Deanna already is betting on it. Lets wait and see. There are books to be written.