Wednesday, September 5, 2018

On The Way To Town ~ By My New Camera

I took my new camera with me when I drove to town this past Saturday. With no traffic on the road, I took some pictures. I set it on auto, because it will take some time for me to learn the rest.

I basically wanted to get a feel for the camera, see how it was to hold it, and just use it in general. In this picture, I'm driving next to the railroad tracks with the Tehachapi Mountains in the background. I didn't know it was smoky still, but it looks like it in several pictures.

Tehachapi is a railroad and trucking town. Trucks come through on the main highway by the tens of thousands every day. When we first moved here, truckers had nowhere to stop, eat, take a shower, and so on. They would just pull off the highway and settle in at the side of a road. Then we got a Love's truck stop and more recently this one, a Flying J with amenities, food, Wendy's and so on. 

So far, I've learned it would have been better for me to drive to a Best Buy, or some place like that, to buy a camera. It's too important that you fit with your camera. You need to to lift it, hold it, play with the buttons, and find out how comfortable is is for you. I didn't, and I'm a little sorry now, but I have to work with it. And it's still so very pretty! 

It's heavy for me to hold with my one numb hand, the other plagued by arthritis. Fortunately, it has a strap, so when I'm not sitting in the car, trying to take pictures, I should be OK.

When I saw the online pictures of the camera, I really liked the big, bold grip handle (or whatever it's called). Due to ancient injuries, I have little to no feeling in my right hand and I've dropped cameras in the past. So I thought I would like that feature a lot. 

However, with three fingers holding it, one finger pressing the button to take the picture, that leaves the thumb. So far, my thumb keeps hitting those buttons you see there on the back of the camera. There are  five buttons and I keep hitting them. Bad words come out of my mouth! 

There must be people out there with a larger thumbs than mine. How do they manage? Has anyone complained? I have no idea, but I know this is my camera now and I better figure it out. 

Another gas station, a Denny's, a new and really nice Subway (I got three gift cards from my niece and nephew for my birthday, so I tried it out), and a hotel. I'm on my way to the post office here.  

On my way, I pass our new hospital, which is taking forever to be completed. Once it was all finished, or so we thought, it turned out the codes had changed and things had to be redone. It's been going on, and on, and on. We all thought it was finished a year and a half ago.

Leaving the post office mailboxes, I take a picture of our flag, lowered for Senator McCain. I recorded and later watched his funeral, which I found very touching, as if we said goodbye to another world. And, of course, Renee Fleming brought tears to my eyes with her gorgeous rendition of Danny Boy. I thought about Errol too and felt sad, really sad.

Here, I drive by the green trees of our town. I'm on my way to a park where the annual Go Native event is taking place. Local Native Americans gather to sell their crafts, to teach us how to make things out of reeds and grasses, and so on. I may write more about that later.

Looking at this picture though, I think my camera will take very good pictures and the rest is up to me. I like the leaves on the trees, the light between the trees, the clear shadows in front of my car. I will not give up on my pretty camera, just use it more, figure it out and, most of all, enjoy it. 


  1. Glad you found a camera that fits with you. With all that gorgeous scenery I know you will take amazing photos. It sometimes takes awhile to figure out a new camera but stick with it - can't wait to see more photos!

  2. Your new camera IS really cute!! I had a red camera once. And the pictures are good! You got good definition on the mountains, and great sharp shadows on the last picture. I bet once you get used to it, the excitement will kick in. I always have fun seeing the filters a new camera has, like nighttime, and vivid color, etc. I love seeing more of where you live!

  3. They all take a bit of time to adjust to the new buttons, size etc.I think the photo with trees and shadows is so lovely, would it be too heavy to have one of those "Gorilla" curly legged tripods under it, that might make it easier for you when outside? It all looks very dry, but those wide open spaces, glorious.

  4. Enjoy your new camera! Nowadays, a camera is our best companion, and we try to establish a loving relationship with it. Red is a warm, vivid color and you did right to choose it.

  5. Adjusting to something new takes time but from the pictures you are showing us, you are doing well.

  6. I like your camera too. and I think you're already doing well!
    how I love the mountains in the background. and the play of light in the last pic.
    I enjoyed the trip to town. what a pretty little town it is.
    I am not patient with my own ineptitude with technical things!
    my husband once put a little magnet on the refrigerator.
    he said he got it just for me! LOL!
    it was two buzzards sitting on a branch looking down.
    one says to the other "patience my a**! I'm gonna kill something!"
    I think it's an old joke but I had never heard it before. LOLOL.
    but it has always reminded me to keep my patience with myself. :D

  7. had the same problem with those buttons, I am happy to say, after you play awhile you will get use to where to keep the fingers and not touch them. I suggest sitting in a comfy chair or spot, play with it a LOT from the chair, zoom it on things in the room, zoom it back, click and click and click. the more you take the easier it will get, get familiar with the feel. i do that with every camera i have... it is like driving a new car, have to get used to where things are... when taking photos from car, sit it on the window sill, or steering wheel, after you stop of course. when standing, brace your elbows tight against your body, it helps hold it. does this one have the swing out view screen? i think it does. if you fold it out, hold it like a handle, it helps hold it.

  8. I'm a sucker for red and I love your pretty camera! I am thinking your hand will get used to holding it, and your thumb will become accustomed to resting above the buttons. Have fun experimenting with all of the features. Just think, you can take all the pictures you want, and never run out of film!!

  9. Hi Inger - lovely photos ... is it heat haze or smoke still. But I'm sure you'll adjust to the camera and its buttons etc ... perhaps it'll be good exercise for your hands ... but equally practise a little at a time. I was sorry for John McCain - I haven't been able to watch the tv - circumstances ... but I know sometime I'll watch - it's something I want to. I think about you and Errol - your special man too ... just so difficult this time in our lives. Take care and I love seeing your area - cheers Hilary

  10. Like your shots. Shame you still are dealing with smoke. Like you, I wish I had held and played with my camera before buying it. Mine doesn't fit me but I am making do.

  11. Learning the ins and outs of a new camera is a process. It takes time. Learning to text is a process, too. Using two thumbs at the same time? It is not normal. You will catch on.

    1. I speak my texts, best thing ever that little microphone on you phone.

  12. It always takes a while to learn a new camera. I still haven't gotten a new camera and still using my camera.

  13. Tehachapi is growing up, as will your ability to use your new camera!!

  14. I had a girl friend once like your camera ... very pretty but we didn't fit! :-) We have a saying here: as tough as a Flying J steak.

    Fishducky is right: you will grow used to your new camera. Tehachapi is growing up before your very eyes like grandchildren, right?

    You took marvelous pictures by the way.

    And with the death of Sen. McCain, it does seem as if an era of honor and service has passed, doesn't it?

  15. Yes, Tehachapi is growing up. They are now busy clearing land for a Walmart superstore! Progress! And now you have provided a good idea for a new blog post. Thank you fishducky and Roland.

  16. Dear Inger, I so so hope that you do a posting on the "Go Native" event. I hope you took pictures of the crafts for sale and of the demonstrations of how to make things.

    I don't have a camera except on the cell phone that I got for Christmas. I recently--two weeks ago--learned how to use the camera on the phone, but I don't know how to transfer the photographs to my computer. That's why I always use Wikipedia photographs for my blog postings.

    I'm sorry to learn of your one numb hand and the arthritis in the other. You know, you're inspiring----you just keep on "truckin'"


  17. It seems like most of the new cameras do best left on AUTO! Your pics are good! I like my camera but of course they don't make that exact one any more so I hope it lasts! Hugs!

  18. Great article..I am looking so forward to your blogcomment and
    I love your page on your post.. That is so pretty..


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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