My #Nikon #Camera { #Cherished #Blogfest }

***Posted as a part of the #Cherished #Blogfest***

***Here’s the Linky; be sure to visit the other awesome bloggers.***

DSC_0373
Conservatory at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Digital images. Ugh.

For three years of my life, I was disgusted by digital cameras.

DSC_0397
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
In college, I spent hours arguing with dark room mechanics, playing with exposure, processing, and fouling up so many images. But when I did everything correctly, I fell in love with the experience all over again. The success of the one outweighed the excess of screw ups.

I’d spend evenings and weekends wandering – looking for that particular shot: nothing specific, but something old in a new way. Anticipating gorgeousness, as it coalesced on the matte paper, as I tipped the shallow dish back and forth, washing chemicals across. I’d know then. I got “the shot.”

Japanese Botanic Garden, Ft. Worth, Texas
Japanese Botanic Garden
Then came digital.

I was slow to come ‘round. The hard work of art felt cheapened by the instant gratification digital provided, the manipulation programs making it too fast, too easy.

My favorite camera broke. It wasn’t cheaper to buy a film camera anymore, and then spend all that money on processing.

I had growing babies snuggled in my arms, but it took two years of being without for the lens itch to catch up and strangle my loyalty to the 35 mm.

I bought a point and click. It didn’t satisfy the lens itch. The manual settings were a bokeh tease, but I tolerated it.

Two years went that way. It was November; the leaves were gorgeous, and I wished out loud for something more proficient capturing the memories.

Medieval Times Dallas, Texas
Medieval Times Dallas, Texas
Enter: my husband. The hero. The Nikon knight in shining armor.

Three lenses, a Nikon body, a bag to put it all in, and I professed my undying love for two lifetimes.

I spent months traipsing all over, shutter-clicking until I was gorged on creativity.

I might be a digital sell out, but I’ve collected some amazing memories in thousands of images with my cherished digital camera. (: Enjoy!

DSC_0073
Beaver’s Bend State Park, Oklahoma

Japanese Botanic Garden, Fort Worth, Texas
Japanese Botanic Garden, Fort Worth, Texas

DSC_0428
Medieval Times, Dallas, Texas

Medieval Times Dallas, Texas
Japanese Botanic Garden, Fort Worth, Texas

DSC_0376
Conservatory at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

CSC_0613
Children Running After Dark, Emory, Texas

***Posted as a part of the #Cherished #Blogfest***

***Here’s the Linky; be sure to visit the other awesome bloggers.***

Published by

{Bokerah}

Blue-haired wife, mom, writer and photographer: I write in trees with peacock quills, so said she, really meaning a desk and chair like writers everywhere.

21 thoughts on “My #Nikon #Camera { #Cherished #Blogfest }”

  1. Long live the Nikon king in shining armor!! Great photos – it IS hard to change tried and true methods, especially when you know they will likely be lost forever.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s