Thursday, October 2, 2008


Aunt Mary gave me a beautiful dahlia out of the garden last night.  She was cutting them all because it was supposed to frost over last night.  I don't know if it actually did or not.  I got to sleep in 'til 6:30 AM today.  May not seem like much but it sure felt good.  I had to work a couple of hours today even though it is my day off.  After that I went to my chiropractor, then the laundromat, got an oil change for my car and went to the grocery store (phew!).  I'm home again and took a few photos of my dahlia.  I will have to explore the macro setting on my little point and shoot more in the future.  My first try with it didn't work out right - I had focusing issues.  This time it worked.  I like the results.  
So, I am looking to get a real camera within the next 6 months (hopefully).  I have a good Nikon that got me through all of my photography classes -- but it is a film camera.  Although I love film, I am lacking a darkroom.  Two years ago I got a Canon PowerShot A530.  All of the images on this blog have come from that camera - it does a nice job I think.  I'm just growing out of it.  I want a REAL digital camera -- with a couple good lenses.  Actually, I'd really love one of those medium format cameras with the option of film, digital or polaroid backs -- but now I'm dreaming.  So, any of my photo-taking readers have any suggestions for a good camera?  How about a good photo lab that will still process my black and white film or my medium format color film (shot with my Holga)?  I have a pile of film that needs to be developed by can't find a place around here that can do it.  I'll have to mail it somewhere I guess.  


Melissa said...




Susan said...

Hi Shari, Thanks for the great feedback re my "photo art print cards" I'm very pleased with how they turned out. I contacted a local printing (or try copy center) company and chose a paper stock Cougar 120lb natural card stock (they will show you samples) and got the printer to cut and score the cards for me (so that they would be easier to fold to their folded 5x7 size neatly). I only ordered 50 cards to start and it worked out to be nearly 1$. per card (expensive) had I purchased hundreds the price would've been much better. If my cards do sell well, I'll order a bigger quantity.

I also had mats cut, I looked online and found a mat company. Same thing with pricing here - the more you order the better the price. I paid just over 1$ for my mats a creamy off white that matched the card stock perfectly.

The photos are printed in a process called giclee - also google this and search for a company near you. I mounted my little photo prints to the back of mats with heavy duty mounting tape (framers supply store) and then using framers (again) double sided tape I attached the card to the mat. So I now have both a matted print "and' a greeting card.

Hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to ask more questions if you need to. I should have emailed you instead of this essay length comment.

Your macro Dahlia is gorgeous I love my super macro. I have a 6 year old Olympus C-5050 that I really love, a Holga and my beloved SX-70 polaroid camera with a stash of film.

cheers from Nova Scotia, Susan

Hot Belly Mama - taking it all back said...

If someone hadn't told me I would have thought that was a painting. Absolutely beautiful!

Shari said...

Thank you Hot Belly Momma! And thank you Susan for all of the info. It definitely does help. I shot a few more of that dahlia yesterday. I'm going to find time after work today to post so more I hope.