Picture this …

As my friends and family know, I am, and have always been, a writer. Of course, I did have that drawing phase as a small child (I sketched such a dead-on Roger Rabbit that my dad nearly hired me at the ABC News graphics department on the spot) but it didn’t last. In later years, I also developed an interest in photography.

In high school, I took an elective photo class, which turned out to be a whole lot of fun. This past fall, while cleaning out dozens of crates filled with my worldly possessions, I happened upon a few prints from that very course, and they that actually aren’t bad. My photo education trend continued in college, when my friend Ilyse and I buddied up for a history of photography elective class, and once again, I enjoyed it thoroughly. And I still remember the mnemonic devices we used to recall which photos were the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson (you don’t want to know).

Now, I have a new aspiration: I want to be one of those people who walk around New York City with a big, grownup camera, snapping away when the mood strikes or the light hits a building façade just so.

On our recent trip to Northern California, my husband maintained his status as the photographer in our family, taking the majority of our snapshots as we scaled the hills in San Fran, toured Alcatraz and sipped and swirled our way through the wineries of Sonoma, and I took a handful of shots myself.

But I’m thoroughly uninspired by our point and shoot cameras.

I noticed such beautiful images on our trip, like the way the stacked wine barrels looked through the bars of the wrought iron fence at one winery, or the Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from our rental car. I took a few shots, which look O.K. on my Canon 5 mexapixel snapper, but I can only imagine the visual wonders that a “real” camera could afford me in situations like these …

The barrels at one Sonoma winery


Golden Gate Bridge (blue tint courtesy of our Hybrid Altima windshield)

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  1. Rennie, I couldn’t understand why Shawn wanted to invest in a huge DSLR (a Nikon D90 to be exact), but the quality of our photos improved so much once he did. (An aside – then I couldn’t comprehend why he would want to start using old film cameras (a Leica M7, Nikon FM2n, and a Hasselblad) when the D90 was taking such wonderful snaps, but I’ll be damned if those aren’t some of the most gorgeous pictures ever.)

    So buy a better camera, because it doesn’t just mean better pictures – it means you get to invest in a new purse to schlep it around the city in 🙂

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