Friday, March 07, 2008

Camera Junkie


Well a week and a half ago, Tara Grace apparently got tired of hearing me whine about how envious I was of everybody else's cool mega-pixeled cameras. My little HP was very old, dating back to the dawn of digital cameras - and cheap digital cameras at that. It had only 1.5 paltry little megapixels. It could zoom a little bit, but barely enough to make it interesting. It was really, really slow.

Everyone I know has a new or newish camera with lots of pixels. Their pictures are sharp and clear. Their cameras zoom as much as 15x. Gloryosky but I was jealous!! Even though I'm not normally an envious type of person. I have been struggling with serious covetousness. Not that I grudged others their cool cameras. I just wanted one too.

Tara Grace apparently decided that enough was enough and that all that whining - interior and out loud - had to be stopped. In an act very uncharactaristic of her, she pushed my faithful little 1.5 pixel HP to a many-small pieces death. One expects such things of Angel. But Tara Grace? I can only think there was divine intervention here. Could I have willed it? I tried to be sad, but truth is.... Anyway... My credit card, which I have been trying very, very hard to pay down is back up a notch, but I have a really cool new camera that I got for a really, really good price from Amazon.com. It's got 8.3!!! - yes 8.3!!! - megapixels and it can zoom to 10X!!!! It takes moving pictures. (They are awful and I can't figure out how to share them, but they move.) And it works fast.... and you can see what the pictures look like and save or not save with genuine ease. And it's got rechargeable batteries. I am in heaven.

I'm still trying to get a really good picture of Tara. She's difficult to get to begin with and very uncooperative. Unlike Angel, who happily poses for me, Tara sees the camera and turns her back, grooms herself, moves constantly or just leaves the room. But I ramble. Here are some first efforts with my new treasure. They aren't great art, but I'm having fun and I didn't have to move from my desk to take any of them. How cool is that?



































7 comments:

Michael Manning said...

In my old neighborhood in Ohio, I had a neighbor with two identical Orange colored cats. They were very mellow and the garage door was left open about a foot high so they could come and go! Cats are interesting!!

Raven said...

Hi michael.... cats really are pretty amazing. That guy is one of two strays that I see sometimes. Before I lived in my present house, my neighbor across the street had three orange cats - my favorite was Warren, who loved to wind in and out between people's legs. He had a brother named Weasel and there was a huge female named Pumpkin who you didn't want to mess with. Angel and Tara Grace are not allowed outside. Angel thinks this is very cruel of me.

Cindy said...

They are great photos. I like the one of her on the ledge. They are pretty in any photo.

SnoopMurph said...

Congrats on your new camera and the first picture is my favorite. Along with the sunlit cat in the window.

I struggle with camera envy too. My brother-in-law has a very specky Canon Digital Rebel with a million megapixels (meaning 10+) and I just love it. He lets me play with it when we visit.

The cats are very cute!

Raven said...

hi cindy - thanks. Angel loves to be photographed... I took a bunch of Tara Grace this afternoon. I'll pick out a couple and send them to you via email. She's so hard to take pictures of... but I'm not going to give up...

snoopmurph - 10 plus megapixels! Zounds! Too cool. I'm pretty happy to have 8 plus to play with. After 8 years of 1.5 megapixels, pretty much anything is a major leap forward. There are lots of settings that I have no idea what to do with. Hopefully, I'll get the patience to read the little book and find out what all my options are. Meanwhile, I'm just happy to play.

Dianne said...

Congrats on the new camera. I love the cat's eye photo. And such a nice, clean, clear eye it is! Mia is jealous :)

Have loads of fun with the camera. I'm looking forward to more great shots.

Raven said...

thanks, dianne - I like Angel's eye too. I have one of her nose as well. She's such a willing subject. I think she knows just how cute she is.