Unbelievers, the Snow Storm and Nikon

After my post yesterday, someone emailed, demanding proof I had survived such a storm. "Surely, you have pictures?" she said, and proceeded to suggest the rearrangement of this beautiful blog page to include said photos.

The conversation is a perfect springboard to talk of my new camera. But first: No, I don't have pictures of the wondrous storm, although I have a few snow shots, taken many days after hearty shoveling and strong sun melting had occurred.

Any who are involved with fairly serious photography have surely, in recent years, considered the relative differences between film and digital photographic images. The conclusion of such a discussion generally gives the edge to film cameras, although in recent years and months, such improvement has been made in the digital mode, and it has so many advantages, that most agree digital is now the preferred way. My friend Martha Fertado who is a professional photographer indicated that digital seems to be the wave of the future. The thought has been advanced that someday in the future there will be no such thing as film.

Anyway, here I was in the middle of this conversation, far from a professional, but having always enjoyed photography and for many years, owning expensive 35 mm cameras. I always had Minoltas, and was extremely happy with them. About ten years ago, through circumstance whose details I will not discuss, my camera–bag, lenses and all–was left on a commercial plane. Several of us were traveling together, I missed it right away, and reported it at the airport where we deplaned. It was never seen again.

Jerry bought me a new camera–a Nikon this time. It was model N50, their entry level, I believe, and we have had a fair amount of problems with it, including expensive repairs. Enter the digital/film discussion, here a few years later. My thinking was we had so much money invested in camera and lenses, that I hesitated to buy a digital camera, although the ability to immediately see the picture taken especially intrigued me. Bottom line: If more repairs became necessary, we would buy a new digital camera.

Toward the end of February, during our trip to the Bay Area, our camera suddenly stopped functioning. It seemed stuck with the shutter closed. Changed batteries, etc. Nothing, then a string of zeros appeared in the readout area. Strange.

The snow came: No camera. I was dying to take pictures. Nada.

After Jerry came home from San Diego, he conversed with Andrew who has been checking out cameras and Andrew suggested the D50 Nikon…seemed to be the best buy…some specials were running…we could use our same lenses…A few days later in the mail came my new camera!

I have been in the throes of finishing Link to Excellence, so I have not done much photography, but I'm itching to get at it. The camera was surprisingly easy to begin using.

So: No, I do not have snow pictures, but I do have a new Nikon camera (purchased with the money a very generous church group gave me for speaking. You know who you are.) Any who pass this way and have digital tips for me, I'd love to hear from you.

Thought-provoking postscript: I was reading the Nikon manual in bed last night before I went to sleep and came across this interesting bit of information: "In extremely rare instances, unusual characters may appear in the control panel and the camera may stop functioning. In most cases, this phenomenon is caused by a strong external static charge. Turn the camera off, remove and replace the battery, and turn the camera on again…. If the problem persists, press the reset switch and then reset…"

Hmmm…makes me wonder about the old Nikon since it was showing a string of zeros…although I did change the battery…I don't know if it has a reset switch. Will check.


By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

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