#7SuperShots: Photos that I love, that mean something to me

There’s a new meme making its way around the blogosphere that is all about photos and I got tagged by Lara and Nicki. It was started by Hostel Bookers and they’ve created something that people want to share. (It’s getting their name out there in a big way, too.) So, I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots and at the end, I’m going to nominate five other bloggers to do the same! 

A photo that…takes my breath away

Though slightly blurry, I adore this picture. I don’t remember taking it or what was happening when I did. I only know that I accidentally caught a beautiful moment. 

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

There’s something about pure, unfettered childhood joy that is infectious, isn’t there? Who can look at this and not smile?

A photo that…makes me dream

Without ever having met them, Brandon loves his Florida and Tennessee cousins. This was his first time “meeting” his Florida cousins and he carried the pictures around for weeks. I dream of the day he gets to meet them face-to-face. 

A photo that…makes me think

I took this one with my iPhone one day as we were walking on this path. When I posted it to Facebook, I got a few comments about the symbolism of the path Brandon is on. This picture makes me think about what he’s like now and who he’ll grow into as he gets older. Will he continue to explore every little thing on the path ahead of him? What branches will spring up on his path and where will they lead? This picture makes me think about all the possibilities ahead for all of us.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

Looks like a tasty treat to me! :) 

A photo that…tells a story

Brandon is so serious in this picture, but I’ll always remember what Matt was doing in the previous few shots. It made him laugh and it made me laugh too. As a group, those pictures tell the story of my husband’s quick sense of humor and complete lack of reverence for a great photo opportunity for his wife - all while holding a completely oblivious Brandon on his lap. That day was a good day.

A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

This is the first photo I uploaded to Flickr (back in the days when I was actually using it) that got any attention. One of my friends pointed out the dew on the leaf and petals, which I hadn’t even noticed when I went out to take the picture. That was when I knew I wanted to start seeing things with a new, more detailed eye. I also figured out that I really enjoy shooting macro.

I started picking up my camera again this past weekend for the first time in quite a while and I remembered how much I enjoy trying to find great shots in everyday moments. I don’t have much time to spend on it, but I do want to make more of an effort to pick up my camera often enough that it doesn’t start collecting dust again.

Now, it’s your turn. What seven super shots will you share!? (I’m going to try to pick some bloggers who haven’t done this yet, but I’m not up-to-date on my blog reading this week!)

The rules were five, but jump right in! Consider yourself tagged, even if not by name and share your stories through pictures. If you do, be sure to share your post in the comments!

The problem with being a geek

I’m not an excessively big spender. I buy clothes when I need them, though rarely at full price - I’m kinda cheap that way. I haven’t bought anything new for my house in about a year. I do buy books frequently, but I’m willing to cut back when it means I can get new tech. My biggest weakness is buying things for my son, but even that is waning. There’s just not anything he really needs, so I am finding it easy to resist all those cute clothes and toys these days.

My biggest problem is that I LOVE technology. My husband LOVES technology. We both carry “smart” phones. His is a brand new Blackberry from work and I have my three year old, well-used Treo. We’ve been super conservative with buying tech stuff over the last few years. In fact, since my Treo, the only new tech we’ve bought was a netbook. This is our thing. There was actually a time right after I got my laptop when we both had our respective laptops on while we were laying in bed and were instant messaging each other. Yes, that’s a little over the top - it only happened once. Call “tech” our hobby. Right this minute, I’m sitting at my laptop writing a blog post while Matt sits next to me at his computer surfing the Web looking for a new computer.

Yep! You read that right - he’s specing out a new computer. The dry spell is going to end soon. We are both starved for new technology. He’s needed a new PC for a long time, so he’s going to order one. I am jonesin’ for a new phone so bad I can hardly stand it. So, probably in a few more weeks, I’ll be sporting a lovely new iPhone if that’s what I ultimately decide to go with. (I’m about 97% sure right now.)

So, you’re probably wondering what the problem is. Well, I’ll tell you. Technology is all about innovation and new “stuff”. One can never keep up with the latest new thing out there – unless you’re made of money (I’m not) – and so having an interest in tech is expensive. But nothing beats that excitement and anticipation of getting a new piece of tech, bringing home the box and ripping it open. It’s like this great adventure to learn what it does and how it does them. The new PC is lightening fast. The new phone sends an email and browses the Web and even has GPS, unlike your old phone that could barely manage to text.

If you buy portable tech (like my future iPhone), you get to take it out there and show it off. Or maybe it’s a really cool camera that turns anyone into a quasi-pro photog. How great would it be to show off your amazing pictures on Flickr or Facebook!? (By the way, that’s going to be one of our next tech purchases – a camera. The one we have now is six years old. It still works well, but the picture quality is the pits.)

So, there you have it. I am a geek and so is my husband and we’re both okay with it. As long as we don’t have to wait overly long for our next tech toy.