Thursday, October 29, 2009


I feel weak, shaky and slightly nauseous. I can't think of anything else. . . Okay, I'm not a druggy/alcoholic, I am a photography fanatic and my camera is 1000 miles away. I think I'm having a panic attack. . .

Seriously, though, my new Canon EOS 40d is in Virginia. I just tracked it on the USPS website and it has not yet been delivered to the Canon repair center. Now I'm wishing I would have paid the extra $30 and gotten it there overnight. (Now my husband is reading this and having a panic attack).

My love affair with photography began a long time ago. Kevin was really into photography and he bought me a 35 mm camera for a graduation present. I never used it a lot, except for when we would go on vacation- until I had children. Then I used it ALL the time - I have boxes and boxes of photos of my boys. You moms know what I mean. You bring a newborn home and without a doubt they ARE the most beautiful baby that has ever been delivered by a woman - EVER. Just laying there on the floor on their blankets they are gorgeous - they stare blankly off into space and you just KNOW they are the brightest child and they will be the top of their class. You just HAVE to take their picture and remember this moment. Well, I usually took like 10 of that blank stare. Add that up with the times that they actually did something - like crawling, walking, feeding themselves, etc., and it is very little reason why most of us never have enough storage space in our homes.

I loved that camera and all the memories it kept for me. Then, we got a digital camera. Oh my - the world has changed forever! You can actually see IMMEDIATELY if you took a good picture and caught that moment! Plus, you can store all those pictures in your computer and that saves closet space for things like clothes and shoes (shopping, anyone?).

I did not actually consider photography as a career until a year and a half ago. I had no idea what I was going to do - the whole becoming a teacher thing kind of went down the tubes when I moved to WI. Here I was 39 years old and still didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was having a mid-life crisis moment and felt like I had just come out of high school. Anyone else ever feel like this?

However, Adam Orange turned my life around! Okay, I'm just being dramatic, but he did help me (without knowing it) see that photography might hold a place in my future. The more he talked about how he started OOPS, the more interested I became. Then I started seriously talking with him about my dream and he was ever so helpful, and he continues to put up with my emails on "how do I . . . .". Add Jodie into all this and I have two people I can pester and bug about the intricacies of taking a good picture, or taking a bad picture and fixing it in Photoshop Elements (which thanks to Kim I have on my computer). So you see how family and friends can really change your life?

Back to why my camera is in Virginia. . . . After taking several hundred pictures with this new camera, I noticed that people's eyes just had a slight blur to them. It was not really noticeable until you enlarged the picture, but it really bothered me. I searched on line, and low and behold the Canon 40d does sometimes have focus problems (I believe they call it "focus forward"). Long story short(er), I called Canon and they ran me through some tests and asked a lot of questions and they did feel it needed recalibrated. However, because I am a cheapskate and bought my camera second-hand (which is something I will NEVER EVER EVER do again), the warranty was void. Yet, my wonderful, fantastic, best-in-the-world husband told me to get it sent in and fixed.

So, here it is 2 days until Halloween and I have to use my old digital camera that currently has zoom issues. Do you know what it is like to use a Canon 40d then have to go back to a point and shoot Sony??? Well, just imagine using an outhouse all your life and you finally get indoor plumbing, then you have to send your toilet back to the manufacturer and have to use the outhouse until it gets returned. There you have the scenario that I'm currently facing. Wow-I just read what I just typed and I have to say that I think I may be a drama queen. . . . . naah, not a chance.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We don't realize how much we rely on each other. Take just one person out of your life and you would not be the person you are today!


  1. I'm sorry for your panicattackiness, but I'm sure she'll be back soon as good as new!

    I only have a point and shoot-waaaaaaa!!!!! But that's okay-I have Jodie!☺

    Love your blog!


  2. Sorry, Holly, Point and shoots are good too-that's all I've had for 10 years, but since I've upgraded, there is just no going back.

  3. Thanks for the compliment Rhonda. However putting my name and with that girl that is related to Holly makes me wanna shoot myself and not with a camera. Here's hoping your business takes off. You can buy an extra camera then you wont have that panic feeling LOL

  4. Adam!-You should feel privileged to have your name with my sister's!