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.
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.
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.
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."