…about cameras.

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I used to love photography.

My daddy and his brothers owned a studio when I was small, and one of my fondest memories was going into the darkroom and watching images appear magically when paper exposed under the enlarger was thrust into a tray of developer. And the acidic smell of developer, one I normally wouldn’t care for, still has a positive connotation from those childhood days.

I even had my own hobby darkroom for years, and loved shooting black and white photos (for some reason, I tend to “see” and frame compositions as they’ll appear in black and white when I’m shooting–I’m not so good with color compositions).

But a few years ago, I gave up photography and retired my Pentax SLR. And not long ago, I gave away all my darkroom equipment.


Because now that I’m older, my hands are not as steady as they once were, and almost every shot I made was blurry. I decided to give up and let others take care of image capturing.

And then I signed up for a blogging class.

One of the assignments was to set up a flickr account and upload our photos. Say what? I don’t have any photos. Except for those old black and whites, and they’re not digital. Plus, even if I scanned them in and they looked all right, no one would have any interest in using them. And I knew I definitely couldn’t shoot any new ones that would be worth my time or anyone else’s.

But then, one of my classmates (thanks, Pauline!) suggested that I would probably have luck with a phone camera that had steady cam. Hmm. Interesting thought.

I started researching cameras, and I found one well within my budget (Budget? Ha!). I plunked down my plastic, brought it home, and yesterday, I meandered around the Riverwalk on the Blackwater River, about a mile from my home, to try it out, and, surprise, surprise, got some decent images. (See one of them below.)

Yay, for the Sony Cyber-shot with Steady Shot capability!

Gazebo on Milton's Riverwalk, Tommie Lyn

Gazebo on Milton’s Riverwalk

So, what about you? How do you capture images? Or do you, like I’ve been doing, let others do that for you?