A more accurate question might be "Time for an additional camera?"
As anyone who knows me, knows that I like to take a lot of pictures. A LOT.
I've been taking pictures since I received my first Kodak Brownie camera as a Christmas present in 1953. Back then, like a lot of other people, we didn't have a lot of money. I especially didn't have any money except what I earned on my paper route. I delivered about eighty papers daily and twenty five on Sunday (the big ones.) After I paid the "paper lady" for my papers, I had about $5.00 left over. Usually when it came time to pay the paper lady I just made it because I had already spent my money on candy and comic books. Oh yes, I was a typical pre-teen kid of the Fifties.
Well, when I got my camera I would occasionally take a roll of black and white film and drop it off at the Sam Charles newsstand in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The Charles newsstand was also conveniently the same location where I picked up my daily supply of papers and bought my comic books. The candy I bought at Zittles down the street.
Me with my cat Bobby about the time I got my first camera. This may have been the first picture -1951 - I'm ten years old
Remember back in the black and white days when we put our film in the store? We would have to wait at least a week until they "came back." It was always exciting to see "what came out." Oh how I wish I had spent less on comic books and candy and more on those glorious old black and white photos.
A picture I took of my two younger brothers John and Isaac. I had an eye for composition even then - 1953
A picture I took of my Mom who cleaned the offices at Gindys (she was on break) - 1955
When I grew up I bought a Mamiya-Sekor SLR camera. I had that camera for about twenty years. Again I took many rolls of film, now color. I also had a telephoto lens on my Mamiya-Sekor and took many wonderful focused pictures of individuals. Unfortunately I dropped that camera one day on a concrete block which damaged the camera.
A picture I took with my Mamiya-Sekor camera of Bill and my nieces Christmas 1971
The cameras I bought to replace that camera were point and shoot camera. No more focused head shots with the blurred background. In recent years I have purchased several digital cameras. I love the digital cameras because I can take thousands of pictures and see immediately what I have taken. However, I am still missing those wonderful head shots of people that capture their personality.
Personalities captured on film -me and my co-worker Sue at FFB - 2006
Mark, a new friend who reads this blog, has sent me several pictures of his children that have that focused head shot with the blurred background. I love those pictures. I think Mark will the the catalyst that causes me to spring for one of those $500 SLR digital cameras. I've just about taken all the point and shoot pictures that I want to of the scenes here in southern Delaware. Now it is time for me to capture personalities. Mark brought up a very good point about using a telephoto lens. He says you can take a picture of a person without getting in their face. Good point Mark. As my friends here in Delaware know, I
I do love taking pictures. I love capturing "the moment in time." I know that sometime in the future, after I'm long gone, someone will look at my pictures and appreciate this little mini legacy I have left behind. I also want to write a book as a legacy but I can't seem to get started on that project. Pictures I can do.
So my friends when you see me now be sure to say (quoting Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard"), "Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."
Norma Desmond ready for her close up - 1951 (the year I got my first camera)