We always take our camera with us. Every day we snap photos – almost fourteen thousand over 20 months. Our Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 performed very well until a week or so ago. We noticed it started to have little problems. We ignored it – until one of the shades protecting the lens refused to open. Dirt, perhaps? A likely possibility when you consider where we’ve used it: on dusty hikes in Crete and Morocco, tenting in Tanzania, lounging on beaches in Australia and New Zealand.
We tried to clean the camera very carefully and dusted the lens. Now it opens and closes, but very slowly. It still works – kind of.
So, off we went to meet our friends at the LA Arboretum, a semi-functioning camera in hand.
When our friends arrived, we headed down a path, talking more than taking photos.
By late morning, we made our way to a café with outdoor seating under the sweeping branches of a flowering tree.
We realized that although we’d taken a lot of portraits that day not a one was of a human being.
Why are we so reluctant to take people portraits? Maybe because so many people really don’t like the process of having their photo taken (though it seems most people like the finished product). Or is it because we fear we just won’t be able to capture in the photo those qualities that make them an interesting person?
We snatched the opportunity and – quickly – took a few photos of our friends. Would the camera work well enough for passable photos?
We still sat under the tree chatting after lunch when the view of the garden called for one last photo of the day.
What do we do now about our camera’s problem? Strange, but true, we had already talked about taking a second camera along as backup on our next big trip (8 months in South America in 2016). This was after reading just a few days ago Chris’ blog account of his camera malfunctioning while he was in Patagonia, ready to depart for Antarctica. So, the solution was staring us in the face: get a new camera and clean and repair this old camera (if affordable) to take along as a backup.
We researched what to get for our next camera and ordered a Sony Cybershot DSC RX100-II on sale.
And what to do about taking more portraits? Practice makes perfect. We resolve to work at people portraits as long as our camera “lives” or when the new one arrives.