Yesterday I turned 26. I'm officially in my early-late twenties, folks. Yes indeed.
This was my first birthday as a married woman, and an exciting and memorable one. The Husband took the day off, as did I, and we spent time doing the things we love best. Sleeping in, making breakfast together, wandering off to the local coffee shop to wake up over a froofy birthday appropriate confection of ice, coffee, and untold amounts of sugar. It was glorious.
We also spent a fair amount of time playing house at my dad's. You see, were are the designated house sitters, cat watchers, and Plant water-ers until the return of the Miller clan who are currently in an RV traveling across the south west united states. Much time was spent enjoying their plush couches and impressive cable television. (we lack such things in our home.. well, that's not completely true. We have couches. They're just a little bit more... loved)
Justin gave me a fabulous gift. 18 rolls of film to continue my photography hobby. That's right, I shoot with film. About 10 years ago, my dad gave me a Minolta Maxxum 400si, a niceish (for an amateur) camera in its day. He had a 500si. We were matchy matchy. I took a photography class, I went through the highschool phase of wanting to be a photographer. But really? I wasn't any good, and I didn't really absorb the information.
So imagine my wonder last year when I decided to buy a Holga 135bc, and the pictures.. weren't half bad. I have some examples a few posts back, not to toot my own horn, of course. but, with lomography you can kind of hide behind the fact that the intrigue of these pictures come from their imperfections and the spontaneity of the picture taking process. Point shoot, repeat and hope for the best. Sometimes good things come of it. black corners, over exposure, just add to the charm.
but now, here i am, having just inhereted my dads SLR. He's graduated to better things, fancy DSLR with bells, wistles and filters galore, along with an amazing knowledge of both photography itself and photoshop. I have neither of these things. and think, i can't hide behind those black corners, over exposure, extreme contrast anymore. i need to focus on composition, f-stops etc,
But what I do have, is a desire to learn, 2 film cameras, (my beloved Holga, and my upgraded Minolta.. Minolta Jr. is going to be gifted to the little brother here in a few short months) 3 good lenses, and some film. So here I go, as an experiment. To see if I really can be any good, or I just get lucky sometimes.I really know very, very little. I hope that I can make this happen. Who knows, in a few years, I may be able to graduate to one of those fancy DSLRs yet. I hope to post pictures from my photography growth in the time to come.
Back to the birthday.
History lesson: My family is awesome. Awesome in the fact that they really celebrate birthdays. Its not about the presents, but about getting together as a family. I love it. This year, things were a bit different. Mom didn't want to get together until another week or so, and dad went out of town. So I was mopey. Yep, just like a 10 year old.
Yesterday Justin (the husband) puts me into the car at 6:30, with a blindfold, carrying a birthday cake. He drive me around to disorient me, then we arrive at Ban Thai, one of my favorite restaraunts, where several of our friends are waiting as a surprise.
My husband gave me a surprise party. and it was wonderful. I am thank for him, and always will be. Not sure how I got so lucky to have such an amazing man in my life.