How do you like how I slipped Nikon into that title? Apparently Nikon and Canon can be friends. I now have one of each. YES! I have two cameras. I've known for some time that if my current camera dies in the next year or two then I would have to give up photography for awhile. I was in the middle of coming to terms with it. Preparing for the inevitable. Trying to win one in a contest, anything. No iPhone, no point and shoot, my Canon was my one and only hope.
Well last week I received an email. Back up for a sec.. Actually I received three incredible emails all within a 12 hour period. It was just a magical day. But one of the emails was from a gal I had not 'met' before. She mentioned she had an extra camera body... would I like it... for free...
She dropped it in the mail that very same day and within a few days I'm opening a box with not only a Nikon D200, but also two lenses, a memory card, battery, and charger! What! people like this exist in real life? She had this really amazing first name which means 'selfless love' on Christianity. So I'm like "whaattt? Who has a name like that and gives away cameras? Not even!" 'Don't you dare give her our home address in case it's a crazy person', my husband called out from the kitchen.
Well she wasn't crazy. Just an incredibly thoughtful and generous individual.
Now if you will remember I had mentioned in my goals for this month I wanted to revisit double exposures. Apparently some Nikon cameras have a multiple exposure mode in-camera. Aha! A challenge. A sign from the heavens. There are actually two modes. Multiple exposure and overlay mode. Basically the same but in overlay mode you can fire off several exposure and then go back into the thumbnails to combine any combination of RAW images on your card. Big time saver.
Before I left the house I took 4 photos of paper triangles I had cut out. I then headed to the Sundial Bridge and overlayed the triangles with the architecture of the bridge. That's another goal. I've been told all photos of this bridge look the same. You walk across the thing and stumble over a tourist every ten steps who is standing with their camera pointed upwards. It's just hard to get something different. I'm not sure if these are but it's an attempt none the less. A start.
My inspiration was some triangular shattered mirror I came across in an abandoned house last year. Which I had remembered after seeing a triangle of light shine on the book I was reading. I thought triangular paper may be safer. Then my husband was sitting at the computer applying for flight jobs causing me to have M.I.A. Paper planes (obnoxious I know!) stuck in my head. And then I'm running around yelling something about photographing paper planes in the sky. That about sums up my creative process.