I’m a short. round, opinionated old lady.

You can distinguish me from other short, round, opinionated old ladies because I’m the one dragging my camera and gear around in a polka-dotted Kate Spade bag.  When I am not roaming the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge or Sterling Nature Center or the marshes alongside Route 38, I am probably wishing I was.  I don’t know why plants and animals fascinate me so. . .but they do. 

kate_spade_largerlogoRight now that polka-dotted Kate Spade bag protects my most prized possessions — a Canon 77d — plus an extra battery and a variety of SD cards.  This is the first camera I could afford to buy brand-new, everything else I own is  previously loved.  I can get some fairly decent photos from it combined with a Tamron 150-600mm telephoto zoom, but I am limited by an unhealed hand injury from manipulating that heavy lens the way I would like to, and I find that it’s best just to roll down the car window and balance it on the ledge while traversing Montezuma’s Wildlife Drive. 

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Anhinga, taken in 2017 with the 1100d.

I’ve been shooting since November 2016, when my best friend in the entire world gifted me with a Canon 450d (in America, that’s an Sxi).  I loved that camera! It opened a brand-new world for me (more about that later).  I used it until it literally fell apart  😦  at which point I pestered the people at Rowe’s Photo to find me another just like it.  They did, but the successor was disappointing.  It was plagued by what I call “shutter shudder,” in that whenever you pressed the shutter button you could feel the entire innards wiggle and quake.  Still, I used that camera, too, until it met its final demise in July 2017, when a rogue cop slammed his brand-new Mustang head-on into my car, rolling it, my camera, and me head over heels into a ditch. 

Anyway, besides the 77d and that wonderfully long Tamron lens, I am blessed with the following:

  • Canon 7D, the original model
  • Canon 1100d, a real gift!  — only 9 focus points but I get amazingly sharp photos from it!
  • Tamron 70-300mm
  • Canon macro zoom 28-135mm
  • Canon superwide, 10-18mm
  • Gray cards (remember those????)
  • A Bogen-Manfrotto tripod (that I paid $3 for at Goodwill) with a Vanguard ball head
  • A Slik tripod with a Slik pan-and-tilt head
  • Unique and treasured “bean bags” (actually 1-pound bags of rice) and a customized pool-doodle pad for the car window (more on that later, too)
  • A Nikon Coolpix p900 (but only until my hand heals enough so that I can use the 7D and long Tamron lens)

So, what’s on your list?  What do you like best?  What are you hoping to get in the future?

 

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