A while ago I made a promise to myself. I promised that I would try to focus on activities and decide if I really enjoyed them before I went crazy and bought every thing connected to my new obsession and then decided I really didn’t enjoy it. I have always liked taking pictures but never really focused on what I was doing until about 5 years ago.
When I decided that I loved taking pictures I made myself a 2nd promise. I would encourage my habit every couple years if I was still interested and purchase a simple but upgraded camera. I have been using the Sony cyber-shot now for my last 3 cameras and have just recently upgraded to 18.2 mega pixels with a 16x optical and up to 32x clear image zoom. I can’t wait to use it.
At the same time I decided to become a huge fan of extreme sports – Sky-diving, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, jungle-trekking. These activities make for incredible photo opportunities.. the problem is these activities are very hard on cameras and there is a constant fear of dropping, soaking, sanding, and stepping on the camera. I tend to be overly protective of the basic point and shoot cameras I have owned.
Because of my new-found obsession conflicting with my long-time obsession I decided to treat myself during my last visit to the U.S. and I bought myself a Nikon CoolPIX waterproof, shockproof ORANGE camera. It only has an optical zoom of about 5. However, I had a rafting trip planned and it would be perfect for this type of activity.
The story of my new camera… So here I have this brand-new, never-used ORANGE camera.
I know.. cool right? Well, a friend was taking a trip to this amazing beach to Los Roques near Venezuela. He asked to borrow this never-before used camera. My first impulse was to just say no.. but the inner me.. the me that is trying so hard to be more giving, nicer, more of a sharing person over-ruled the Id.. and said.. uh.. o.k. I felt proud of myself and good about the decision. See mom, I grew up and learned how to share.
A few days later my friend returns from his vacation and I asked how the camera worked and very excitedly he said, “GREAT!!!” He paused.. then he said, “It was stolen!!” I couldn’t believe it. I was SHOCKED. I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. I also thought he was going to cry. He felt so bad. So I started feeling bad. He told me he would do everything in his power to get me a new camera, an exact replica of my newly stolen camera and he would get it to me within the next 5 days. Miracle of miracle.. this magic man, bought a camera, shipped it to a friends house who would be traveling back to Venezuela by Tuesday or Wednesday. I would be leaving Thursday. I know the suspense is killing you.. did I get it? How did it work out? Wait for it, wait for it..
“Miracles don’t happen. You make them happen. They’re not wishes or dreams or candles on a cake. They’re not impossible. Reality is real. It’s totally and completely under my control.” ― Julie Anne Peters, Far from Xanadu
- Rafting Barinas (Youtube.com)
- Why rugged cameras are not as rugged as you’d think (reviews.cnet.com)
- Shoot & Share: Amazing Winter Videos (samsung.com)
- Guamanchi Adventure Tours (guamanchi.com)
- Hostel Trail – Guamanchi (hosteltrail.com)
- Posada Guamanchi (tripadvisor.com)