Oh, what a gorgeous shot. I so hate it when people say “lovely picture – what camera do you have?” because of the implication that the former is merely a product of the latter. As you so rightly point out the camera is merely an enabler. You are now able to extend your talent into areas previously unavailable due to technical limitations Hurrah!
(I’m in no way implying that’s what maria meant, btw, her’s is not the sort of comment I’m referring to.)
Hah (says cookie-ambushed evve who’s now Lady P oh this is all so confusing). Well. I wonder. Taking pictures, the act of looking with close attention, gives me a great deal of pleasure, but I hope it’s not beyond rational control. I got sad when my camera got busted but didn’t mug an old lady to get it FIXed (geddit?). I got very very sad, but didn’t force the family to go without food. The desire to get new gear can be quite compulsive, though What’s your take on the matter, oh revered lensman Loren?
Yes, I fell between two parentheses. Not put in the brackets and hope that nobody thinks what you fear they might or put them in and put the idea into people’s minds. Damn!
I think the rain and lack of teaching is beginning to tell on me. I desperately needed to pick on someone, was going to pick one lorrianne for posting kitty pictures, but when I noticed whose dog went with evve that it would be alright to pick on you instead, Lady P.
Wow, who knew that the simple act of cat-blogging could bring out so much (yes) cattiness.
I understand evve/Lady P’s point. To a certain point, good technology is necessary to get decent pictures: earlier today I was sorting through this weekend’s batch of hockey pictures, and you can actually see the puck in mid-air in several of them. I could have never captured that sort of detail with the old camera…and yet, the new camera is still slow enough that you have to know when to snap to capture the drop of a puck, for instance.
So, I found myself deleting LOTS of pictures because I had failed to snap at just the right moment…and yet, that’s fine, too. I’ve always felt that the most valuable feature on ANY digital camera is the “delete” button, for the kind of photography I do isn’t so much reliant on bells & whistles I don’t understand as on the sheer numerical fact of taking LOTS of pictures and deleting most of them.
This all is part of the reason I didn’t choose a DSLR: too complicated. I really do want a “PhD” (“Push here, Dummy”) kind of camera…but that being said, it’s been driving me nuts to go to hockey games, etc. and take tons of BLURRY pictures simply because my small point & shoot isn’t good at taking indoor action shots.
I still carry my old camera, though. It’s perfect for the kind of outdoor, well-lit, unplanned QUIRKY shots I seem to specialize in.
Ah, and here I was lusting after your camera, but I see there are some drawbacks (which I will remind myself of whenever I’m tempted to shell out for a more expensive camera). But that is a fabulous kitty shot. And I was going to comment about how you’ll be cat blogging now. (Uh oh, mom haz new digicam.)
You know, I think my brief picture-posts sometimes inspire the liveliest comment threads exactly because of the quickly typed comments they trigger. I guess it’s the bloggish equivalent of an inkblot test.