28 June 2005

self portrait tuesday

self portrait with family photos

Self portrait with family photos, taken last week.

The knitted flowers came out of the washing machine cleaner, but not felted. Hmmm. Do they need another wash to show them I am serious?

I managed to persuade Son No. 3 to turn his knitting into a less ambitious, more achievable project appropriate for a six year old. Here is Fluffy sporting his new scarf. (And No. 3 sporting his 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' cardigan I knitted him last winter.)



And finally, I am tired of taking grainy photos with the stills option on my movie camera. I have a lovely old Pentax SLR that I take old fashioned take-to-the-lab-type photographs with, but no scanner so no emailing or blogsharing or flickring. I think the time has come to join the modern world and buy a nifty digital camera, just like real modern gals have. But what to get? Any advice? New, or on ebay? What do you all use? What should I look for? (Free knitted flower brooch to the most helpful answer! Oh god, what did I say that for ...)

11 comments:

kath red said...

i kinda like the film still thing. gives the images a real intimate feeling. I use my hubby sony camera (5mega pixels approx and about $450))(its not here right now but when i get it back i will give you the make and model) the main reason we got it and not a cheaper one is the fast shutter speed. a lot of digital cameras have a delay between pressing the button and the camera taking the photo, which can be a real drag when trying to take moving images.

Jane said...

What temperature did you wash at? I did mine at 40 degrees and they were OK. Congratulations to your son on his finished knitting!
I use a Nikon Cool Pix 885 (several years old and my husband's cast-off) and had no idea what I was doing at first but it's been great and very easy to use.

blackbird said...

I use a sony cybershot - 3.3 mega pixels. It is my husband's as well and it has some special property that made it very expensive. (He works in film and it is a professional model.)
I feel obliged to say that if I WERE SPENDING THE MONEY I would purchase an SLR, probably the Nikon. One can miss shots waiting for a non-slr camera to be ready and shoot and record even though it is only seconds.

jenny vorwaller said...

love your glasses! :) cool shot.

dani said...

If I had the cash and could buy anything I want then I would so totally splurge and buy and SLR digital for about $17,000. But as we are no where near that sort of situation we bought cameras we could afford. The first about 4 years ago was a Kodak - not special at all but it allowed me to get the shots and I was able to email them to friends. At the beginning of the year we wanted something better and bought an Olympus 4.0 for abotu $700,it has many special features and stuff but is still not the best - and again it's more than adequate. You will find whatever you get will do the job these days - helping you get online with pics. Good luck, and love the skirts you made your little girl.

Nicole said...

Ok, chicken lady. Next time shot of your whole face :p

joy madison said...

I love my digital SLR. We have a Nikon D70. It retails with a nice lens at $1200. Expensive but TOTALLY worth it! http://www.flickr.com/photos/joymadison

Chloe said...

And I still muck around with my film/lab type camera, as it still does heaps better than my digital. Just I get the lab to process it to CD, not paper pictures. Love that qualilty, that my mid range digital cannot even think of approaching.

Nice blog. :)

kristen said...

we bought a canon powershot S1 IS about a year ago when our daughter was born (i think it has a 10X optical zoom and ~4 megapixels). we got it at www.buydig.com -- they have great deals. it takes great pictures, but is WAY TOO SLOW to catch margot's many smiles. i really want to get a digital SLR like the nikon D70 or the canon digital rebel XT, but they are MUCH more expensive (like $800 more than ours). i'll email you a link to an NYTimes article (i can't fit the URL here) from a couple of weeks ago about the new nikon SLR that came out that is a little cheaper than the D70, but has almost the same features. i hope you find one you like soon!

kristen said...

ok, couldn't find your email, so i'll try to post it here.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9506E3DF173BF935A25755C0A9639C8B63

h&b said...

Wonder if you see new comments to old posts ?

Anyhoo, we had a Pentax SLR, I still speak highly of it. In fact, when it got stolen, it was replaced with a digital SLR version - OMG, the joy !

Reading over your first few posts is funny .. ;)