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My Canon Rebel XTI finally crapped out on me. I went to the Bronx Zoo a few days ago and took over a thousand photos. I'm going to be lucky if even 25% of them are worth keeping. It's been coming on for awhile... photos have been getting grainier and grainer and blur has started creeping in. I've been taking pictures with a DSLR for almost five years now. I know how to take a picture and when you compare the settings I took the picture at to the picture itself... something was definitely wrong.

Wrong to the point that looking at my photos was an extremely depressing experience that made me question my ability as a photographer.

The thought of going to London next month with a camera that MIGHT take a good picture was a bit of a let down as well. This all culminated in Kingston, Jamaica as I frantically skyped with my mother and [livejournal.com profile] raelala and pretty much unburdened myself on them (I apparently had repressed camera woes).

My mom, being the amazing wonderful person she is, agreed to loan me the money to buy a new camera (and by loan, I have to pay her back. Ah adulthood...)


I've not actually taken any pictures with it yet... the battery is charging but it's amazing and wonderful and beautiful!

Since I don't have any photos from the new camera to bombard you with... I'm posting some of the last photos I took with the Rebel (barring the Bronx Zoo photos because I'm having some ISSUES with those)

I have no excuse for this picspam really. They're just photos of my room at my parent's place in Texas because I cleaned it and OMG I MUST COMMEMORATE IT'S CLEANLINESS WITH PHOTOS.

Welcome to my Fortress of Solitude...

The view from the door.

My cat is doing her impersonation of a throw pillow. She LIVES on my bed when I'm home and is currently engaged in a committed and loving relationship with the puppet tarantula on the end of the bed... to the point that I have to take it away from her when things get unseemly.

I say this is my room. It's really not. It's my cats room and everything in it is there for her comfort. Including the afghan that my grandmother made me (she's laying on it in the photo). She just lets me think it's mine when really it's hers.

Also... the bed. That is not my bed. It belonged to my Great Grandfather and I'm only using it because it was already in the room when I moved back in. My bed is currently in storage and belonged to my great grandmother. In fact, most of my furniture is in storage and is about three times my age.

My desk.

Better picture of all the crap I've managed to pile onto my desk. Believe it or not, for all the alcohol I have up there, I really don't drink.

That thing is usually closed, but the picture is more interesting if it's open. GOTTA SHOW OFF MY DOCTOR WHO STUFFS! (and the My Little Ponies...)

Yes, I also have a calendar filled with pictures of my CAT. DON'T JUDGE ME!

I've been to lots of places. *g*

I JUST started collecting the Starbucks city mugs so I'm a bit behind. I'm currently in the process of bribing any Delta flight attendant I know with trips to Istanbul to buy me one from there as I passed on getting it when I visited... because I was in my 'corporate places are BAD' phase.

If you couldn't tell... I like Doctor Who.

When I bring new action figures home my mom won't let me open them in front of my dad because he thinks it's idiotic. This is a man who has a toy helicopter he flies around the house on a regular basis. HYPOCRISY I SAY!

Closeup on the goodies.

Because I can't neglect the Doctor's boyfriend...

And the stuff on the top... basically just more crap I've dragged back from all over the world.. and a picture of my little brother. Thankfully he's out of the military, getting an engineering degree and engaged to a lovely girl but I do enjoy that photo. Such a BIG TOUGH MAN *snort*

The photo is also wearing a Soviet Aviators Skull Cap I picked up in Kyrgyzstan. AS YOU DO.

Probably WAY too many pictures of my room in Texas. When I'm home I barely come out of there. I'm so used to being around people CONSTANTLY... at the crashpad, on the plane, at the hotel that this would be the equivalent of my Fortress of Solitude.

It's still weird to live with my parents again. I moved out of that house when I was 19 and didn't move back in until I was 27. And when I say 'move back in' I mean that very loosely as I'm usually only there about every two to three months for about a week. Everything else I own that's not in this room is in storage... It's how I pay my rent to my parents... I let them use my storage unit. I also bring them alcohol and candy from all over the world... as one does.

Date: 2011-06-08 07:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] causeways.livejournal.com
I JUST bought my first DSLR, and had a huge angsty panic attack over whether to go with the T1i (which I ultimately did) versus springing for something bigger and better from the start. I haven't even actually seen said DSLR yet (it is waiting for me at my parents' house, where I had it shipped since I am going there next week anyway and buying in the US is so much cheaper than in Germany) but am still stoked. But a 7D! So much cooler than I am. ;)

Date: 2011-06-08 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elrina753.livejournal.com
You're basically starting out with the same camera I did. The Rebel is an EXCELLENT camera to learn on. Mine lasted a good five years and probably would have lasted longer if my lifestyle hadn't been so rough on it. It was a fantastic camera and I learned so much. The 7D is awesome but there's definitely going to be a learning curve - so many more options and buttons!

You're going to love shooting with a DSLR. The photos are just all around better and you're going to wonder why you didn't get into it sooner!

I MISS YOU SWEETS. I want more (or any) layovers in Frankfurt so I can see you more!

Date: 2011-06-08 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jigglykat.livejournal.com
I *LOVE* seeing other people's bedrooms! I keep meaning to take photos of mine, but it only manages to stay clean for like five minutes.

Good luck with the new camera! I'm sorry about the Bronx Zoo. Aside from the photos, did you like it?

Date: 2011-06-09 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elrina753.livejournal.com

I don't know why I find it so fascinating to see where people live, but I do and I figured I wasn't the only one.

The Bronx Zoo is quite possibly the best zoo I have EVER been to, and it kills me that my photos didn't come out.

The Snow Leopard actually got up, walked up to where we were standing next to the glass. SO CLOSE AND SO GORGEOUS and not a single photo came out *cries bitter tears*

I guess I'll have to go back...

Date: 2011-06-09 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jigglykat.livejournal.com

Oh, excellent! I went with Betsy and Ariel a couple of years ago, but it was just as winter was slowly going away, so not all the exhibits were up and running. Still, a decent amount of the animals were just hanging out right in perfect view.

The snow leopard was tucked away and hiding for us. I AM JEALOUS OF YOUR ENCOUNTER.

Date: 2011-06-09 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elrina753.livejournal.com
No one reads this LJ. OUR SECRET IS SAFE.

I had so many good encounters that day. It was perfect... and my goddamned camera screwed up *fumes*

Yeah. The Snow Leopard pretty much MADE MY YEAR. That cat is so gorgeous I have no words. SOME of the pictures came out - but they're the ones where he's farther away. The ones where he's two feet away... not so much.

Date: 2011-06-08 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caithream.livejournal.com

And yaaaay for new camera! I am super excited to see new pictures from it! Especially if you come to Tampa again because omg I am DRAGGING YOU TO THE BEACH so fast, hee!

Date: 2011-06-09 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elrina753.livejournal.com
Thanks! She is super fat and will let you lie on her. I've had her since she was 7 weeks old so she's rather used to be handled (and used as a pillow because OMG FAT AND CUDDLY)

I'm super excited to take pictures with it. Mem and I wandered around the Central Park Zoo yesterday and I didn't have it then and I was SO DEPRESSED seeing all the photo opportunities pass me by. I guess you'll have to come and visit so I can go back!


Date: 2011-06-09 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] all-shine-on.livejournal.com
I love seeing other people's rooms and houses too! I love yours! I would hide out in there too.

Date: 2011-06-09 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elrina753.livejournal.com
It's oddly interesting isn't it? :)

Thanks so much. It's a great little fangirl cave. I wish I coud hide in it more often.

Date: 2011-06-12 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aesvir.livejournal.com
Your Fortress of Solitude is totally awesome and color coordinated and I seriously thought your cat as another pillow. :D

Date: 2011-06-13 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elrina753.livejournal.com
Aww thanks.

I think she thinks of herself as just a breathing throw pillow at times. Hell, I've even used her as a pillow and she's been perfectly okay with it. :)



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