my camera is slowly dying

i’ve written about my camera before. i love it. it has been a great little tool. a lot of my blogging is inspired by a good photo. and my camera has given me many, many photos, some of them pretty good. but lately, the colours aren’t as vibrant as they used to be.

chrysanthemum point and shoot camera

the macros aren’t as crisp. and it takes a lot longer, with a lot more fiddling with settings to get a decent shot.

point and shoot chrysanthemum flower close up

and if i use the flash, a small puff of smoke comes out of the camera. i’m not kidding. like the old-timey magnesium flash puffs, on a miniature scale. it’s a little concerning.

i find that i’m just not taking as many photos. and i’m not taking my camera with me to as many places. i regret this a little. for example, just last week, i was on a walk and saw a small otter under a bridge. it kept looking up at me. i crept a bit closer and saw that it was enjoying a meal of three little fish it had just caught. there was a wet trail leading from the edge of the water to where it was dining. the otter had the sweetest little face and fuzzy ears, and once it realized i wasn’t about to take his food — or make him my food (i imagine those were his concerns, but what do i know? perhaps he was thinking “lady, are you sure about those pants with those shoes?”) — he hungrily munched away ignoring my presence. i wished i had my camera with me. but even if i did, i’m not sure i would have been able to capture the moment.

i dunno. sometimes, it’s good to take a break. on our last camping trip, i left my camera at home. it was nice not worrying about where my camera was, whether it was going to get dirt/sunscreen/water on it. i didn’t have to remember to bring it along on hikes, in case i saw something interesting. and i saw interesting things, imagine that.

my birthday is coming up. maybe i’ll get a new camera. i don’t know if i’ll get another point-and-shoot, or maybe something a little… more. but i don’t want to be tied down by equipment, and to be honest, i don’t want to be that mom at the school play with the telephoto lens snapping obnoxiously away in your ear.

(sorry if you’re that mom. no really, i’m sorry. quit it already ;-) your child isn’t posing for the cover of vogue… but holy cow, that’s a good shot you got of my kid! email me that one, will you?)

maybe there’s a happy medium out there.

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8 Responses to my camera is slowly dying

  1. Ali says:

    I was in the same boat as you. I had a nice DSLR which died. I loved the functionality of it but hated lugging it around everywhere. So I got the Nikon Coolpix AW100, which is practically designed for me. It’s waterproof (so I can’t spill stuff on it), shockproof (so I can knock it on the floor), tiny enough to fit in my pocket, and bright orange so it’s hard to lose. Plus it has more functions than my last camera and it’s easier to use. Not trying to turn this into a camera commercial, but I hear ya on the mom-with-the-giant-camera-business. Not everything needs to be exhaustively catalogued.

    • imadeitso says:

      clearly, we agree :) i sound like a commercial too when i really like something and want to share it. i usually put a disclaimer here “honest, sharpie didn’t pay me to say i love their markers! — though they should!” would it kill them to throw some free markers my way? ;)

      sounds like your camera is the right fit for you, thanks for sharing, ali. i’ll look it up.

  2. Tara says:

    wow, but such beautiful pics you’ve captured! I hear you… I think about this all the time and get so overwhelmed with the decision that I haven’t done anything – heh. ah well.

  3. Ann says:

    You are so funny. :) I was thinking when I saw those pics, wait, they’re gorgeous! Who needs a new camera? That was until I read about the smoke… right, doesn’t sound good. Happy Thanksgiving, Ana!

  4. i am very impressed with the shots your canon has given you over its’ lifetime. i also have a canon elph but i haven’t really played with it the way you have. i wonder if it can do the kind of magic yours has. i agree that it’s good to take a break every once in a while, bc while i don’t have kids, do i really need 12 shots of that bubbling stream in that angle?

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