Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tickled Pink!

Don't you just love it when you finally get something that you've wanted for a really long time?

I was so nervous - I think...  Just couldn't figure out why.  Maybe it wasn't nerves...  I mean, I'd bought camera gear before - but this was different.

I'm not the type to buy new gear just because...  But when I get to the point where I feel like I'm about to throw a lens across the room because it's too slow, or creatively it isn't capable of doing what I need it to do - then I know I've outgrown that piece of equipment and it's time to upgrade.

My 40D had been treating me well, but when I woke on Friday morning, I just knew that was going to be the day!  The day I would embrace my inner full-frame, 21.1 megapixels and HD 1080p video.

I've wanted this camera for a really long time and I'm tickled pink that it's finally mine!

Welcome home EOS 5D Mark II...  Mama loves you!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

It's A Small World - Nora

I look at these photos of Nora and it brings back memories of my own childhood.  Frankly - the last shot brings back memories of just this morning...  But that's another story.

When I was a kid we lived in this really scary house, across the street from a cemetery...  Obviously now as an adult - I'd call it a house full of wonderful character & charm.  And as it turns out - the cemetery is actually quite beautiful (rolling hills and all).  But back then (as a kid) I was certain it was a house filled with vampires in the basement, goblins behind every closet door, footsteps in the attic...and weird shadows in the garage (that looked like bats).  My sisters and I were convinced the entire house was haunted!  To make matters worse - our next door neighbor was this old, old, old, old, old man that only came out into daylight once a month.  His house was blood red and completely covered in vines and trees.  Of course I considered myself a spy (I still am - by the way) and I used to sneak onto his property to try and see what he was doing over there (eating little children for dinner perhaps...?)

I'm sure if I were to go back there today I'd have a completely different vision of that house - but back then my imagination would take me on tours of discovery beyond my wildest dreams!

Our backyard led into the woods - no fence, just woods!  Today I could think of 64 million reasons not to go into the deep, dark forest alone, but back then - nothing was going to stop me!  My childhood friend Amy and I would spend hours in those woods...  Running around, playing hide-n-seek, pretending we were lost and had to survive on nothing but onion grass.  Those were the days...

As I watched Nora (in her pink princess dress) scour her backyard looking for the perfect ingredients to make her soup - flower petals, water, dirt, leaves and grass...  I remembered how wonderful it is to be a kid.  That special blend of innocence and sincerity that often accompanies playtime.  Freedom! Free from pretense, free from conceit, free to be whoever you so desire to be.  Imagination at its best...!

I'm curious - where has your imagination taken you lately?

This is me every time I put on lip gloss!