Tuesday, March 27, 2012

shifting focus



I had a dream last night that I was in Paris with my mom and dad.  We were in the coolest store ever. When I got outside I noticed the Eiffel tower, and I went to reach in my purse to pull out my camera and I didn't have my purse.  I ran back into the uber crowded store and frantically looked everywhere for it without any luck.  I woke myself up crying.


My camera is by far my favorite earthly possession.  It's an extension of me.  It gives me the chance to timeline my life.  It captures, documents and tells our story.  I'll let you into a little secret...I actually like taking pictures more than I like painting.  I know!  Crazy!!





A few weeks ago I dropped my favorite lens.  I quickly swooped it up and put it on my camera to see if it was okay.  It took me a bit to get it on.  I had to kind of force it on.  Once it was on it worked.  Yay!  Fast forward a couple of days to when I tried to remove it...uh not happening:( My camera is now officially a fixed 50mm!  Dangit!!!  To have it fixed will ultimately be expensive and I'll be without my baby for 4-6 weeks.




In the scheme of things that's not a huge deal.  At least it's my cheapest lens...my favorite lens.  It could stay on forever and I would still take lovely photos, but I'm bummed.  Before I dropped my lens I was struggling with lens envy.  I had my eye on a new one, a very expensive, completely unnecessary lens that in my blurry eyed lens lust would have given me the perfect shots. 


I'm convinced God works in mysterious ways. Not sure if He allowed me to drop my lens to teach me a lesson, but it definitely did. Amazing how I no longer think about that shiny new lens. I'm just grateful to have a camera that works. I'm content with my fixed 50 mm shots. Something in me shifted to gratitude instead, and that's a very cool thing to have in focus. 





Have a blessed day.






525.  eyes being opened
526.  fresh paint
527.  antiquing with my joannie
528.  dairy queen dipped cone
529.  recognizing that i have more than enough





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41 comments:

  1. So sorry your camera is broken! I would go through serious withdrawal if I broke mine. I hope they can fix it quickly, and there is always a silver lining to everything that happens in life.

    Kat

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  2. that camera thing stinks, but sometimes it's weird stuff like that that teaches us :-/ i got taught a little lesson like that on saturday. i had just bought a new dress and forgot it in the movie theater...of course no one had seen it. did i really need that dress? naw, not really...i was feeling a little greedy that night i bought it. as soon as i realized it was missing, i knew it was a lesson. but still...grrr...

    ps: need to talk to you bad. will be calling you later.

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  3. God is always shaping us, isn't He?! chipping away at ourselves to replace it with something better.

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  4. Aw, that IS a bummer!!! But yes, still good that it works! :) I was just thinking of you and your photography the other day. I was thinking how much you've grown in your skill - how much I enjoy your photos!!! Your passion and talent is so evident! :D I am glad you see the good in this incident - I totally understand lense envy, but I think I will just be quiet about all of that now! ;) lol!

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  5. Aw, that IS a bummer!!! But yes, still good that it works! :) I was just thinking of you and your photography the other day. I was thinking how much you've grown in your skill - how much I enjoy your photos!!! Your passion and talent is so evident! :D I am glad you see the good in this incident - I totally understand lense envy, but I think I will just be quiet about all of that now! ;) lol!

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  6. I am sorry that happened. That stinks. I love that you enjoy shooting so much. : ) Me too.

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  7. great perspective, Becky.
    it's so important to be teachable, isn't it?
    God definitely uses what's important to us to weave in His truths of what's really important.
    i love that HE's so detail oriented.
    and that He cares even about a camera lens.
    :)

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  8. Darn it! What a bummer! This is such a great way to look at the situation.
    I have been struggling lately with various things and then suddenly the other day, there was a story on the today show about the woman who lost her legs saving her children in a tornado. She was just so grateful to be alive. She said losing her legs made her more open to what life really had to offer. She sees everything as a blessing. Made me snap out of my misery in an instant. Things are never that bad.
    I love your perspective on life. I love how God works.
    I hope you have a great day :)

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  9. This encapsulates so many of the reasons I love you so much. You're a smart lady, you know it?

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  10. Oh, I'm so sorry!! I would freak out if that happened. I feel the same way about my camera. I don't know if I would handle it as well, you really are good at putting things like this in perspective.:-)

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  11. Well said missy, we have what we need, love the laundromat shots.

    Have a great day!

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  12. I hope that someone can figure out how to get it off but like you said you will still be able to use it.
    I know how you feel about your camera. I only have a point and shoot but if something happened to it I would buy a new one before I'd buy groceries.

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  13. You have such a way with finding the good stuff in a lesson :)

    I have the same lens and dropped it, too!!! Except it's not stuck on....wish it was. My husband is the only one who can very carefully manipulate it to go on at all. But now it falls off at the tiniest of jiggling. I do have the original lens, but there's just nothing like the pretty effect of the 50 mm. Even a laundro-mat looks like art :)

    Happy pretty picture taking!

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  14. Loved this post. Was thinking about gratitude the other day and how I needed to have it. I thought your words were great and LOVED the pictures of the laundromat that reminded me how "fun" it used to be to go to the laundromat. Now I will remember when I do the laundry at my house and feel whiney about it, to be grateful instead. Thank you for dropping your lens to remind me.

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  15. Well said friend. Great reminder not to dwell on the bummers/mishaps that happen and be grateful for what we do have....it s aways tough though when I first break or loose something..i have to take a minute to grrrrr... Then let go!
    Xo,
    Lulu

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  16. you are taking some lovely images with the fifty so maybe it's just best you leave it. ;)

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  17. you are taking some lovely images with the fifty so maybe it's just best you leave it. ;)

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  18. Very cool, indeed! Love the way you're looking at it...and your pics are always beautiful!

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  19. So sorry about your lens, so glad for your perspective! Take care, Laura

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  20. I love my camera too. It's cheep and in no way what I want but without it I feel lost. I take way more pictures than my family likes..
    I Love all your photos and someday.. someday you will have that camera your dreaming of. I know because good things come to good peeps...

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  21. What a gutter but love your positive spin on it. Rx

    http://sandersonsmithstory.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Again, I just love how you take something ordinary and spin it into a life lesson for us all. Sorry for what happened to your lens...I'd be completely bummed about mine, too. However, it does humble you and allow you to thank God for having the great fortune to enjoy the "little things" in life.

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  23. Becky, you really don't need all those different lenses. Your pictures show that you have the right view of things, regardless of what lens is on your camera. they are just plain beautiful

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  24. Technically, you will not be shifting your focus. :) I loved the play on words. I'm sorry about your camera. :(

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  25. i love taking pictures, too and you take beautiful photos!

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  26. We kind of do share a brain... I'm having some similar thoughts on a different subject. I was obsessing about something and God just put a big fat NO right in my path... it's not gonna happen and I am working on accepting it now. I love your photos... and I love YOU! Off to do a little packing...
    :)

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  27. I am so sorry to hear that your lens can not be removed. If you take it to a camera shop would they be abe to take it off without damaging the lens and the cmara? I use my 50 mm lens 85% of the time. My other favorite lens is my 85mm lens. It's heavy though and I use it for portraits most of the time.I *love* my 50 lens. Your photos are all awesome Becky.

    Mary

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  28. I am just glad that your favorite lens did not break! I like that you turned it around and looked at it as a blessing Becky ~ most would not do that. Your pictures are gorgeous and having your fav stuck on your camera may be the greatest blessing of all. xo

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  29. I know exactly how you feel. I LOVE my camera and taking pictures and my pictures are NO where near as good as yours. I had to send my in for service and was without it for 3 weeks and felt naked - ah haaaa. Love your heart!

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  30. No matter what lens you use, your photos are gorgeous & amazing! I'm so sorry about your lens...but the positive spin you put on dropping it is impressive:) You rock!

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  31. Well shoot. That's no fun! But the shots you did take are fun.
    I tend to keep my 35mm on my camera. I wonder what a 50mm is like. :) Lately it seems I just take pictures with my iPhone. But when I do pull out the camera, I love it! I need to get back to using my real camera!

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  32. Thank you for sharing this story. I love my camera too and often would dream that I lost it. I would feel so silly when I would wake up. Then recently while on a business trip, I truly thought I really lost it. I methodically tracked my steps back, each time to come up empty handed. I, surprisingly, was not as devastated as I had been in all my dreams. Just when I resigned myself to the fact that my camera was gone, I learned that a co-worker saw my camera and had it in her safe keeping.

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  33. Isn't it amazing how God uses such things to teach us such valuable lessons. Amazing!

    I'm with you, I am a picture freak! I keep a camera with me 24/7. I'm not that good of a photographer but I still enjoy taking pictures and have captured some great memories over the years.

    Thanks for a wonderful inspiration this afternoon!

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  34. oh girl...amen is all I can say:)
    love ya!
    xo

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  35. My 50mm prime lens is my absolute favorite. I love to challenge myself and carry it as my only lens because it forces me to use my feet and move myself around a lot. I just used in Monday while antiquing. :)

    God DOES work in mysterious ways. Maybe he wants you to move around to see what He wants to show you!

    xo,
    Linsey

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  36. it is funny how we learn lessons.....

    glad your 50mm is on there and working....it's my favorite lens, too. :)

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  37. Ah ... those pesky, lovely lessons.

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  38. Lovely lesson...lovely post...LOVELY images!

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  39. Mine got wet at a VBS we were running once several years ago and I really did almost cry. I hope you get yours fixed soon!! :)

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  40. Yes it is really cool!!! I do understand why your camera means so much to you. I can see it through the photos you take. Those photos are an extension of who you are and I love viewing Y♥U through them. One of these days, I'm getting one of those fancy cameras myself.

    ♥Lee Ann

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  41. excellent post post!
    others might hiss and pout ... you turn to gratitude.

    Beautiful photos!

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