Red Sun at Night

Sunset in Clover

clover sunset july 30 2015


A.M. Wake Up Call – or – DSLR for Dummies

(picture ironically taken with iPhone4)

(picture ironically taken with iPhone4)


I don’t know why I feel the need to confess.  Perhaps it’s my Catholic upbringing (it really sticks with you).  Anyway, here it goes:  Lately I’ve subjected my photo blog and it’s followers, viewers and perusers to blurry digital photos and even some photos not-courtesy of my Nikon (aka iPhone shots).  My relationship with my Nikon D3100 (aka “Steve”) had begun to deteriorate as of late.  I tried babying him with a few spa-like treatments; it didn’t help.  I bought him a new battery and charged the crap out of it before giving it to him; it didn’t help.  I thought for sure that the auto focus (Yes, I cheat sometimes … i use the auto focus.  There I said it.) feature was b-r-o-k-e-n.  The situation had become dire.  It was time to make a decision.  Option 1:  Coax him into renewing our once-happy relationship; Option 2:  Take him to the DSLR doctor for some digital Viagra, or Option 3:  End our relationship once and for all.  None of those options looked good to me, but something had to be done.

Interrupted Sleep

I tossed and turned trying to decide what to do about our loss of focus.  For almost a week I was “Sleepless in South Carolina.”  Then one night as I sat up suddenly.  And just as I began begging the Tylenol PM on the TV screen to jump out of digital land and into my hand, I had an epiphany.  I jogged into the living room and grabbed my camera bag off of the shelf.  I grabbed Steve and looked deep into his lens and I said, “I know what’s wrong and I’m going to fix it.”  I slowly turned him over, ever so slightly, and looked for the switch on his lens that said “A” and “M.”  As I had suspected, he just needed to re-dress from right to left.  And as fast as that, it was all over – the end of our issues.  Our relationship was back on track and in focus.  “Ahhh.”

I have to thank, in great measure, a book I bought on Kindle when I first got together with Steve. “Nikon D3100 for Dummies,” by Julie Adair King, was a life-saver.  Not that the technical documentation that came with the camera wasn’t sufficient, it was just written in a style I couldn’t quite grasp, and … the print was really, really small.  Julie is an actual photographer, not a manufacturer, so she speaks to you like a person without all the techy-talk.  She covers every nook and cranny from Aperture to Zoom.

Steve and I will be going out together and capturing life and living it to the fullest again, possibly as soon as this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by; stay tuned for more in-focus, in-depth digital media.