Last night I came home to a honking box sitting in front of my door. The delivery man had braved the storm and ice (Eight cars were stuck on the hill by my house. My car barely made it up. I was literally shaking when I got home from the white knuckled driving. It was 20 degrees. And a delivery man shows up with a box, what?)
I knew what it was the second I saw it- MY CAMERA!
After my DSLR fail on Black Friday I found a deal on Amazon and ordered the Nikon 3200 in the mail. It said it would be here by December 11, but one thing I love about Amazon is that they always give you the latest possible time and then surprise you by showing up early. I'm the opposite. I tell people the earliest possible time I will arrive somewhere and then end up being much later. I need to be more like Amazon.
Now, my major disclaimer here is that I am not a photographer, nor do I want to be. I feel like all the real photographers out there are going to roll their eyes at me an tell me that I can't have their passion and that I'm just a poser. This stems from a friend I had many years ago who would claim certain things as "hers" and would get mad at the rest of us if we started doing them too. Wearing red lipstick was her thing, volleyball was her thing, the A-line hair cut was her thing. The rest of us weren't allowed to do that thing once she had claimed it. (High school was a mess for me, how bout you?) The whole thing was very Mean Girls and I realize now was a total form of bullying. Luckily we are all grown up and nicer now, but the fear remains that those of you out there who are real photographers are going to get mad at me for pretending or for trying to steal your hobby or some other ridiculousness. Hi my name is Bonnie and I worry over really stupid things.
There are a couple of reasons why I got the camera. To start with, I am tired of the pictures on my blog looking mediocre at best. I blog primarily to write, but I realize that blogging is also a very visual form of communication, and it seems to me like I need to up it a bit on the visual platform. I'm tired of feeling like the quality of my pictures are hurting the quality of my blog. Secondly, I would like to have a good camera to document our family life and our trips and future babies and adventures and all that warm gooey stuff. So I bit the bullet and bought an "entry level" DSLR. It is definitely absolutely the most complicated camera I have ever owned or will ever own. My leveling stops at the entry.
The only slight problem with all this is that I don't particularly enjoy taking pictures, I just like to have pictures. I like nothing more than looking through old pictures and having them to perserve memories and to remind me of times past. On the flip side, I hate nothing more than when I'm enjoying myself somewhere and I think, "I should get out my camera. I need pictures of this." I don't want to ruin my good time by trying to snap pictures of everything. Sometimes I feel like my camera is a burden. Also, it's very annoying to get pictures with you, yourself in them because then you inevitably have to ask someone else to take a picture for you, and that's kind of embarrassing and awkward.
I am hoping, though, that having a nicer camera will help me enjoy the actual taking of the pictures more and that within time I can learn how to manage the bad boy and that I can have beautiful pictures of my family to cherish for all eternity.
And now, I present to you, my first pictures taken with my DSLR. Mostly it goes puppy snow puppy. Enjoy!
That's a wrap!