I’m Ready For My Closeup

Smile and Say . . . Cheesecake

Camera Shy As most of you know, my camera died during my adventure in Paducah. This was frustrating, but I muddled through. With the generous help of my friends (DeNiece and Kathy) and my band-aid camera—commonly known as a phone—I was able to cover most of what I’d planned for the trip. Having overcome my camera’s untimely demise, I made the journey back to Texas feeling pretty good about what I had accomplished.

I felt confident that I could continue to blog without that many photos. I knew I could come up with ways to illustrate my stories and no one would notice my lack of real photographs. I knew I’d get a new camera eventually, but I didn’t feel the need to buy one any time soon. Shoot, I knew I could always use my phone—if I REALLY needed to take a picture. 

That sweet euphoria—commonly known as short-sightedness—carried me all the way home and through multiple blog posts.

That’s when it hit me . . .

F-Stopped In My Tracks Until these last few posts, I hadn’t realized how much more I enjoy telling stories with supporting photographs. I know you enjoy my stories—because you have told me so—but you seem to really enjoy them, when I show you what I’m talking about. Your energy and enthusiasm practically jumps off the page.

I’ve Caught The Shutter Bug That’s when I realized that I MUST have good photography for my blog—and the band-aid camera isn’t gonna cut it. I NEED a real camera. Now that I’ve decided to get a new camera, I had to figure out which one to buy. Coming to a final decision is easier said than done.

I Shutter To Think I know what you’re thinking. Just get on the internet and search for what you’d like. Okay, that sounds easy enough. Let’s give it a try. Are you ready? Here’s what I want . . .

I want a magic camera. I want a magic camera that will do most of the work for me and make all decisions that I don’t want to make. It also needs to compensate for my photographic shortcomings.

  • The Magic Camera needs to take close up shots. I mean really close up—like, I want to be able to count the nose hairs on a gnat. The Magic Camera also needs to take fantastic long-distance shots, because I want to be able to see gnat nose hairs, even when I take the photograph from 100 yards away.
  • The Magic Camera needs to shoot well in bright light and low light, because you never know where gnats will be. My sources tell me that gnats prefer low lighting, because it’s more flattering.
  • The Magic Camera needs to know when gnats—and people are smiling—or not. As you can imagine, I don’t want to waste my time taking bad pictures, so the Magic Camera needs to stop me from taking bad, unsmiling, gnat portraits.
  • It would also be helpful if the Magic Camera knew when gnat’s—and people’s—eyes are blinking. Again, because I don’t want to waste my time taking bad, unsmiling, blink ridden, gnat portraits. The Magic Camera should have this advanced technology because gnats are notorious for blinking obsessively. That’s the reason you don’t see many portraits of them. Most photographers just give up and just take crowd shots.
  • Oh yeah, there are a couple more things I’d like for my Magic Camera to do. I needs to compensate for my shaky hands, and last—but definitely not least . . . it needs to be pretty.

There you have it. This is what I want in a camera, so start your search now. Go on. Start searching. I’ll wait.

(Imagine me whistling. You know you have to imagine it, because I can’t whistle.)

What, you’re already done? How long has it been? It seemed like seconds.

So, did you find a Magic Camera for me? No?

I didn’t think I was asking for that much. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed. I know you tried hard. That’s all that counts. We’re BFFs so it’s cool. Don’t worry about it.

Seriously, don’t worry about it, because I found a MAGIC CAMERA!

Picture This It’s Saturday morning, I’m in the living room working on my applique blocks and catching a little Saturday morning television. Like most guys, I am a channel flipper. Even if I am very content watching one show, I will still browse through all the other channels looking for something even better to watch.

I admit it. I am really bad about this. I often watch two shows at once, and on a good day, I can watch three or four at the same time. Man, when that happens, it’s a very good day.

The Color Purple So, it’s Saturday morning and I’m sewing and I’m flipping. As I flip across one of the channels, something purple on the screen catches my eye. They don’t call it purple. They call it Merlot—commonly known as purple.

What is this purple thing? What are they talking about?

Well dear friends, they are talking about a camera. Not just any camera, but a purple camera. I stopped my remote control gymnastics and sat captivated. I eagerly listened as they told me of the MAGIC CAMERA’s features and benefits.

This camera will do everything I need it to do and best of all . . . IT’S PURPLE!!!

Flash Dance I’m so excited!!!! My new camera arrived yesterday and I’ve danced around the house ever since. I’m actually reading the manual, so I can fully understand what the MAGIC CAMERA is capable of doing.

So, buckle up buckeroos, because my camera and I are now fully loaded!


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22 Responses to “I’m Ready For My Closeup”

  1. Carol Ann Wilbourn Says:

    Oh Tom, Welcome to the world of photography!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because of this new purchase, my world will be brightened by yours! Oh happy day!

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Thanks. I’m looking forward to being a part of this bold new world. I read the WHOLE manual yesterday. This is all VERY exciting!!!!!

  2. Margo Says:

    WHOO-HOO!! Let the games begin!!! 😎

  3. Brenda Wall Says:

    Share the name and info on this magic camera, all your friends will want one.

  4. Brenda Wall Says:

    Oh you did. That picture did not come through on my computer. Whoops.

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Hi Brenda, Sorry the photo didn’t come through on the post. I didn’t relink the photo after I made and adjustment, which created the problem. I’ve learned my lesson—I hope.

      I’ve read the manual from cover to cover, and am going to see what magic it can make, so stay tuned . . .

  5. marjory saklou Says:

    I am so glad that you found a purple magic camera, but the picture did not come through.

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Hi Marjory, Sorry about that. I had a link issue on my post. It’s corrected now, so you should be able to see the Magic Camera.

  6. Geri Blanton Says:

    Oh, and I bet it matches your purple shirt (:>)))
    Guess what? I was just Googling to find out how to repair my old camera when I received your email. I am in the market for a new one also. Should I go opposite the color wheel and get something in the yellow/orange range?
    Geri Blanton

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Hi Geri, It’s not a perfect match, but it’s close enough. I wish they had an orange camera. I would have bought it in a minute. Unfortunately, they only have black and blue. 😦

      I have to take my old camera in to see if it can be repaired. It shoots well, and is easier to carry in my pocket, so I want to keep around if it’s easy—and cheap—to fix.

      I haven’t messed around with the new camera yet, but plan to in the next few days. I have a few things I want to tell you about, and I need pictures to do it.

  7. DeNiece Says:

    hmmm you and a camera…. It was more fun when I had the camera taking photos of you! Me and My PINK camera will just have to sit on the side lines the Purple MAGIC Camera Hehehehehe


    • Tom Russell Says:

      No sidelines for you and the PINK camera. Besides, I can’t hold the camera and be in the shot at the same time. Looks like you and the PINK camera still have a job to do.

  8. jayardi Says:

    • • • WOW! a ‘REAL’ Magic Camera. Pretty fancy!

    Have fun with it.

  9. Lynn Kelly Says:

    Well, I’m fairly content with my Nikon CoolPix which has a 3x zoom, 10 megapixels. I don’t remember what all that means but it does quilts quite well! My daughter loves to photo all kinds of tiny tiny insects (she’s a scientist) and she can probably count the hairs on a gnat’s nose with her photos…….I know her camera is quite specialized and several times the cost of mine!!!! But I do love seeing her little creatures up close. I know you will find something just as interesting to show us Tom. Thanks for your enthusiasm for your job as “Quilt Communicator Extraordinaire!”

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Hi Lynn, I’m looking forward to messing around with the camera over the next few days. I think it will be a good stepping stone to my next one.

      Who knows, it may be so magical, that I won’t need a next one. We’ll see.

      QCE—that’s me! HA! Thanks for the laugh. Have a great day.

  10. Alison Says:

    Huh, I didn’t realise I needed a new camera, but what do you know? Apparently I do ;-). I love Fuji cameras, I’m so glad my new purple one’s also going to be a Fuji, hee hee. Just need to find a retailer in the UK…

    By the way, how do you do your lovely graphics? I like the fonts you use and want to do something similar for a banner for our group’s 21st birthday exhibition. I’d be grateful for any pointers.

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Hi Alison, You are funny. I don’t think you can get purple cameras in the UK. I think they only come in aubergine. 🙂

      I’ve had several Fuji cameras, but I’ve never had a purple magic one before.I’m very excited to see how it does. For the most part, I like to keep things simple, so I haven’t felt the need to have a better camera.

      I have a lot of things that I want to accomplish this year and another little camera would get me where I want to be, so I have high hopes for this one.

      Yes, I do my own graphics. The font I use for all my headings is named Kabel. I’ve loved it for years. It’s a little quirky, but still easy to read. I use a variety of software to make my headings. I use Photoshop and Illustrator mostly.

      I’d be happy to help you with your banner. A 21st birthday exhibition is quite an achievement, so send me an email and let’s talk. tomrussellquilts@gmail.com

  11. jessica Says:

    Tom, You just proved that you don’t need photos for a great blog post! That was a fun read… thank you!!

    Have fun with your Magic Camera! I have yet to figure out how to do a macro shot with my Canon…errr. 🙂

    • Tom Russell Says:

      Hi Jessica, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I had fun writing it, but when I see it on my screen, it looks like a field of gray, which is kinda boring.

      Because I can be a little wordy, I’m afraid that people will look at all that gray and decide not to read the post. Besides, if I have good pictures, I don’t have to write quite as much.

      I’m really looking forward to playing around with the macro function of the Magic Camera. The macro function is one of the reasons I bought it—oh, and because it was purple. 🙂

      • jessica Says:

        “a field of gray”…well, if anyone skipped reading the post, they missed a humorous one!…ummm, you could always turn that “gray” into “purple”!! hahahaha! I loves Purple too!

        A good camera will turn any artist into a great photographer… so, I know we’ll see (more) wonderful pictures from you!

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