May 06, 2008

Now in brilliant colour! The camera thing finally got to me. I am not the best photographer, nor have I had much desire to learn to be a better one (though I do regret missing Jacquie and Michelle's course on how to photograph my knitting), but I do like to have at least some close to the correct colour, not blurry photos of my knitting and the camera phone wasn't cutting it. Claudia's comment gave me the push I needed. On her excellent advice, I spoke with Keri (who also just bought a new camera), I read some reviews, considered what I wanted and started some online research. At first, I thought I just wanted a new version of my Canon digital elph. It served me well these last five years and I liked that I could just put it in my pocket and go. However, the lithium ion batteries were expensive and you can't just pop to a 7-11 and buy some--I wanted a camera that took AA batteries this time. I also wanted something with a more refined flash. My current camera tended to over do it and everything was too bright or whited out. And, I have a romantic notion about people who can take nice photos. I admire their skill. I admire how they can see the world through a camera lens. I don't just read Michelle's blog because she's a fun person who I like a bunch, but because her photos are always so lovely. Same with Cara and Claudia. I know they spend time with their cameras and editing photos afterward, and I may not really have the time to do that, but I want to learn more about taking pictures, since I do it almost every day. So I needed a camera with a bit more adjustability to do that. Not full DSLR adjustability, but more than compact point and shoot. Getting another Canon seemed like a good idea because I was used to the interface, and they received good reviews in a number of places. In the end, I bought one a bit more jazzy than I expected because the price was right. It's a Canon Powershot a720 (just like Claudia's). I used it for the demon spawn (aka moth) photo yesterday, some stash and some silly photos of the kids. It was pouring today so I haven't tested it outside or anything, but it satisfies my needs and desires and I have a few weeks to practice with it before I put it to the real test in Banff.
More meme. I'm starving for content this week. I have a post planned, but have been sidelined by a cold that has knocked me on my ass. I realized I was sick when I started falling asleep over my work, at work. I'm home today and a nap is high on my To-Do list. From Rosemary "The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer." 1) What was I doing 10 years ago? Barfing. I just found out I was pregnant with Emma and it was all barfing all the time. Morning sickness sucks. 2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order): Sleep. Laundry. Pick up drycleaning (it's been ready for a week and it's two houses away, no more forgetting). Hair cut and colour. Work on poster for Banff. 3) Snacks I enjoy: Tortilla chips and cheese (yep that gross stuff in the jar), popcorn, coke, goldfish crackers, flax lavash and hummus. 4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Travel. Have someone in to fix everything around the house (before I sell it and move to something bigger). Set up some charitable foundation that would be my next job. 5) Places I have lived: Thunder Bay, Toronto. 7) 6 peeps I wanna know more about: (I'm tired, I'm stopping at 4 and going back to bed). If you want to play, please do! Jacquie Knittrips Teyani Michelle

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