A new camera for Christmas…..perhaps not!

“Visions of a new camera, danced in my head”, as I nodded off to sleep….and then this morning I was singing a song to the tune of “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” But my version was different…..

All I want for Christmas

Is a new cam-er-a,

A new cam-er-a,

Just a new cam-e-ra. 

Gee, if I could only have,

A new cam-era,

Then I would wish you a Merry Christmas.

…….. my inner self smacked me and declared,  “You can’t even use the one you’ve got! What do you mean you want a new camera?”

Calmly, I replied to myself, “More pixels, a full frame, more controls and a more ruggedly constructed camera… all these things will make me a better photographer.”

Self chortled sarcastically, “ Even with all the bells and whistles of a new camera you will still be the same photographer, no change, no better, still delusional.”

Afterwards, I thought more about the conversation I had with my self. Its what happens between the ears that defines the photographer.  Come to think of it, the same can be said about my golf game.

I’m sure many photographers have this same discussion with themselves. The colorful advertisements and fancy packaging all lead us to believe that something new will make us better. In reality, for what I’m doing in photography right now, my Nikon d300 is ideal.

One aspect of being a geezer is that our journey has been long and for the most part interesting. We know that it’s the process that counts. I’ve defined a learning process that works for me. One day I’ll get that new camera. Right now I’ll attend workshops, take online courses and I’ll examine the work of photographers that really inspire me.

First light in the fog at the Genoa Bay Marina

First light in the fog at the Genoa Bay Marina

Sunrise at Genoa Bay is magical. Absolutely calm water, stunning reflections and light that only a sunrise can produce… perfect conditions for creative photography. When in the area I make sure I’m there at least once prior to first light.

Fog had settled into the cove that protected the Genoa Bay marina on my last trip. This was the first time I had seen these conditions in all the visits I had made there. As the sun rose the light changes were amazing. I visualized this image as a silhouette when I captured it. After using the levels tool in Elements 11, I achieved the look I wanted for this photo in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 with the application of a tonal filter.

This is my last post until the new year. Taking a bit of time to celebrate Christmas and the season with family and friends. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and that the New Year brings much happiness to you.

This entry was posted in Education, My Work.


  1. Gary December 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Merry Christmas Stu, keep up the good work!

    • Stu Dale January 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Gary,
      Thanks for your encouragement. Much appreciated. Hope you had a a good Christmas.
      Happy New Year.

  2. Brenda Larson December 25, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Merry Christmas! Enjoyed the post – glad I didn’t splurge on new golf clubs!!! Ha Ha
    Love that shot of Genoa Bay – you can almost feel the fog moving in!
    Enjoy the holiday!

    • Stu Dale January 7, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Sorry for not replying earlier. I lost your message in all my website stuff. The price one pays for doing yourself.
      Hope you had a great Christmas and best wishes for a happy New Year. I see you are leaving for Mexico tomorrow. Enjoy.
      Thanks for the comments about my images. Much appreciated.

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