My sister was a gifted photographer. She would spend hours in uncomfortable positions, usually lying flat on the cold hard ground, waiting for that perfect shot. She belonged to the Summerland Camera Club, entered competitions, and was also a judge at some events.
Carole's partner Bev was her sherpa, her go-fer, her packer and unpacker of all this photographic 'stuff'. And Bev's last camera-packing job for Carole was to pack up all the gear and send it on home with me. Five boxes of stuff. Books and lenses and filters and tripods and cases and reflectors and fancy frames to make star-shaped images and a zillion things I haven't yet figured out.
Among the treasures are two cameras - a film Nikon F-801 which she used for slide photography, and a digital Canon EOS Rebel XSi. I t was with the Canon, plus a Canon EF-S 18-200mm zoom lens and a UV Haze filter, that I captured the photo of Allie in sunlight, the teaser in the previous post. I assure you, the quality of the shot was purely a fluke. So far I've only made it to paragraph five of the manual, which appears to be written in some secret code. Apparently I am a hands-on, trial-and-error learner.......and believe me, this will be a steep learning curve. But what a gift, what an opportunity to follow in my big sister's photofootsteps.
One day I will post some of my sister's wonderful photos - Bev is currently helping her elderly mother to move, but will forward some to me when she has had time to catch her breath - but if you look closely at this picture of my new toy, you'll see one of my sister's photos just behind the camera. Ironically, it is also of a cat in sunlight. And I didn't notice that until just now:
I look forward to many happy hours (and no doubt many frustrating ones too) learning to capture our beautiful world through the lens of my sister's camera. I hope I can grow to be half the photographer she was.