I have always loved taking photos and have boxes full of happy memories recorded on film. My little while 35mm film camera was a good consolation for moving when I was a teenager and the grainy, dark four by six results are treasures of happy teenage years. For my eighteenth I had a slightly better camera which followed me around Europe that summer and stayed with me for lots of happy and life changing events. That little black Olympus has given me boxes of crazy student memories (always printed using triple prints so my housemates could share the snaps), it was there at my wedding, and then captured those first precious moments of three of my children's life. I would probably still be using it if my husband hadn't given it to a colleague who held it while jumping into a pool on a work exchange in America!
|with automatic flash|
The guilt prompted him to buy a digital camera to present to me on his return, and there started a new season in memory recording. Almost eight years later and I have acquired a slightly better camera and am still snapping my way through our life. Every birthday I long for a photo like the one at the top and always end up with one like the one above, until this year when in a flash of inspiration I suddenly looked at the camera settings and realised there was a no flash setting. I realised I could achieve the type of photo I always wanted for that birthday candle moment by turning the flash off. I am so pleased with the result, why did I never think of that before?
Do something different with your
camera next time you use it,
see if something amazing happens!