Friday, September 11, 2009

A Picture Says 1,000 Words

I love digital cameras. At one time I was a photography enthusiast. I had a very basic black and white darkroom in the basement. I took numerous classes on taking photographs and developing them. After many years, I came to the conclusion that I was a terrible photographer. On top of that, I could not afford the film, chemicals, and paper for crummy photography. If I had some talent, it would have been worth pursuing.

Along came the digital camera. What an invention. You can take as many photos as you want and delete the crap later. Back when we only had two children, we decided to have a professional family photo. This was great, for a ton of money we could have a great picture taken. It took 79 shots to get 1 picture of Emily, Olivia, Vance, and me to look at the camera and smile. Plus he told us how to dress and pose. He fixed hair (not mine of course) and other distractions.

Below is a home photograph of the six of us. Notice how we are all looking in the general direction of the camera. Also, notice that my belt is hanging out and my tie is tucked into it.

Now look at the next photo, notice how no one is looking in the general direction of the camera and my tie is still in my belt. We have several examples of this and only one of the above. This is due to the fact that there is no processing time. Get it and go. Or, as Poison would say “lick the wind.” Sorry, I am still trying to find an application for that crazy lyric.

Also, this is a self portrait of me in my natural element.

Sorry, wrong picture. I don’t have a unibrow or mustache like Frida Kahlo, come to think of it, I don't have that much hair on my head either. Wouldn't that be nice to have (except for the unibrow). Once again, it is nice to have the right equipment of which I do not have. Not only am I lacking in talent, but I am also limited to a digital camera with a 10 second timer. In order to get this picture I had to try about a dozen times and it was still bad.

That being said, I actually got more cardio sprinting to my bike than I did from the entire rest of the ride.


  1. Why on earth would you ever pay a photographer again when you can get these kind of shots for practically free? Chaos documented!
    -Jen Martin

  2. I love the family picture. Very cute.