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Shoot some pictures, it’s National Camera Day

June 28, 2015
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer , Estherville News

It's National Camera Day today. I am thinking of taking my Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR out for lunch, but I know she'd rather be shooting. I feel like kind of an oddball running around with my camera, because the sight of real cameras is growing rarer. But there are more photos to see than ever before, because phones are becoming the default camera for stills and videos, and for selfies.

Selfies have become a separate genre and now retailers will sell accessories, including selfie sticks, so you can get everyone in the photo. The Disney Parks are phasing in a prohibition of selfie sticks this week, along with the Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC, and other places where crowds and long sticks don't mix.

This week on the job, I had the chance to take pictures of everything from the HUG Puppets to softball and baseball games, to a tree that was struck by lightning, to the defendant in a criminal trial. Twice per week, David, Amber and I bring you the story of Emmet County, the good news and the bad news, the wild and the tame. We can only do our jobs because you are out there living your lives, doing the good work you do, and trusting us to chronicle your stories. I'm no more than an intermediate photographer, but with my Rebel at my side, I know I'll improve. I hope to gain momentum and add more photos and someday videos to social media at Estherville News online.

Without film to develop, my children have gone in their childhood and youth without something my parents gave me in great wealth photo albums. I was an only child and there's two thick albums of just me (I'm in every picture at any rate) from age zero to 20. I try to catch my kids being awesome and put those photos up on Facebook. If I made an album from all that, it might give them something to hold onto. I suppose I'm lacking in that regard. I said last week I'm not crafty. I can't scrapbook.

The other thing I've been photographing this week is potential homes. Houses for rent, houses for sale, houses that are falling apart, houses I probably can't begin to afford, but mostly those that pose a real possibility. I'm trying to live in Estherville, and it cannot be as hard as this. We ended our lease in northern Clay County because I also work in Spirit Lake and we need to move to the area. I want to live in Estherville, to be part of this community with my family, and hope to move ASAP, because for now I'm commuting an hour each way!

It's National Camera Day we see more photos than our great grandparents could ever have imagined. Let's get out there and snap something great.

 
 
 

 

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