I break things a lot.
I break glasses, I’ve broken a bike, I’ve broken at least five cell phones, I broke my wrist once and I broke the very nice point-and-shoot camera my parents gave me as a high school graduation gift, as well as the replacement that was sent (the problems with those cameras were identical, so really, I think they broke themselves — but with my track record, who’s going to believe me?).
Still, because of my growing interest in photography and my determination to show that I can have just one nice thing that I don’t break, I recently splurged on an early Christmas present: a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35. It has 12.1 megapixels, 18X optical zoom, a Leica lens and several features that mimic its much more expensive DSLR peers. None of these mean a whole lot to me, but I was told by a photographer with much more talent than I that the last characteristic sealed the deal. As for me, I was comfortable with my choice because I had used, and enjoyed, this camera before while I was working for my high school newspaper.
I’ve taken hundreds of photos since the camera arrived on my doorstep, but some of my favorites remain the ones I took on the first night I had it. I was in the passenger seat of a moving car when I took most of these, and very few of them are well composed or in focus. However, I had a great time photographing lights of all types, and just this once, I decided having fun was more important than taking professional-grade photographs.
Since then, I’ve taken countless more photos, many of which are in focus and a few of which actually made me proud. The second half of this slideshow is just a few of those photos, mostly taken at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, at a small farm and in the city of Branson, Missouri.
The timing of this purchase had much to do with the fact that I soon will be spending ten weeks in Spain, completing one of Ohio University’s study-abroad programs. I will be taking more photos there and will share them mostly on my newly created and, as of now, rather bare travel blog — you can watch my progress during the upcoming weeks at rebeccamckinseytravels.wordpress.com.