Thursday, November 18, 2010

I is for Inheritance!

I inherited a little something about 8 years ago.
At the time, I was in no mood to deal with it.
I put it in my closet....where it has stayed for all this time!
I had thought about using it several times since then....
but I knew it would be too complicated.
For some reason, this week I decided to do with it what I know the person who left it to me would have wanted me to do!

To be more clear....

My Dad loved photography. He was always taking me to some scenic place to take photographs. He would go outside on purpose in the middle of a lightning storm to photograph the sky. He would pull the car over at random times to take a picture of something like a flower or a flag. I never quite understood all that.

When he died, among other things.....he left me a really heavy black bag.
Inside it was a camera, several really big lenses, a fancy flash, tons of filters...and the neatest little notebook that he used to keep notes (in his very unique handwriting) about shutter speeds and lighting and other things that I hope to one day understand.

The equipment was old and way too complicated for me to learn how to use....but, obviously someone out there can still use it...because I found a really neat little camera dealer in the city....who bought most of it from me.
And guess what I got?

A brand new camera!

I took the strap off of my Dad's old camera....and I'll be using it on mine...
with a cute little girly camera strap cover, of course!
I am thrilled and I think he'd be thrilled for me.

Now to learn how to use it!

It's alphabe-Thursday again...and today we honor the letter "I."

To read more I posts, head on over to Jenny Matlock's blog!
Jenny Matlock


  1. Oh goodness...lucky you!! I soooo want a new camera!
    What a great way to spend your inheritance!!
    Enjoy the day,
    love the glimpse of your dining the green walls, wooden cabinet and all the white dishes:)

  2. Can't wait to see all the fabulous pictures you will be taking with your new camera. La

  3. I can totally understand your dad's love for photography, and putting the camera in the car just to capture a flag or a flower! I do it all the time. What a wonderful gift he left you, and I love the way you turned it around to get a new camera for yourself! Enjoy!

  4. how cool Jen. . .I have such a warm feeling reading this!

    I think he would be so happy. . .using his camera to start your own hobby!

  5. What a great inheritance gift, and you will always remember this too!

    I want that camera!

  6. Cool. I can't wait to see the pictures you take with it.

  7. Jen - So sweet hearing about your inspiring inheritance. I hope you enjoy many hours of pleasure and it's special to think you're taking your Dad along with you on your new venture with his original strap:)
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog...SO appreciate your kind words and will be ready when you are...
    Happy "I" day!

  8. I know "Thou Shall Not Covet" is a commandment, but I'm having a hard time with that while looking at your fancy new camera.
    I would really like a nice Cannon SLR...maybe Santa will bring me one.

  9. Now THAT is honoring your dad way more than a dusty camera sitting in the closet. Very admirable. Happy shooting!

  10. I bet he's just so happy somewhere watching you enjoy that new camera!

  11. Very Exciting! I inherited a Nikon D70 a couple years ago. LOVE IT! And little by little I'm getting better with it.

  12. That's great that you are following in his footsteps. What a nice way to feel close to him.


  13. Oh you LUCKY girl! I too bet your dad is smiling down at your excitement over your new camera.

    So, is the camera easy to use...I mean, can you take pictures right away? Or is there tons to learn just to be able to use it? I'm afraid I will get a new camera and then not be able to use it until I take a class or something!

  14. Btw, great idea for the soup recipes! I bet your girlfriends will love them! Making and trying new soups is one of my favorite things to cook. Gabe mentioned about maybe having a soup linky party! I would love that!

  15. Yay! So glad for you. Can't wait to see your photos!

  16. The camera looks wonderful. Glad you are using his strap.

  17. oh jen, I just love this story!! I can't wait to see how your new hobby evolves - you'll love it ... and I know your dad is smiling too ;-)

  18. This really touches me. My dad was big into photography also. He has 2 old fabulous cameras that I hope to find in my parent's house one of these days.

    I love that you are using his camera strap. That's awesome! I sure hope you kept his notebook. I bet there's a goldmine of info in there.

    Enjoy your new toy!

  19. I love that you kept your dad's camera strap!

    Have fun with your new camera...I'm willing to bet that you will soon understand the need to pull over and take photos of a flag or a flower. :)


  20. Oh my GOSH!! I can't believe you're making MY made up soup tonight! Oh I'm feeling a little nervous...I hope your family likes it some! You'll have to tell me how it turned out...and if they all liked it, I won't believe you! :)

  21. I think your dad would be pleased to know that something he gave you allowed you to obtain something you really wanted. My dad always said "once you give something to someone it is theirs to do with as they please." I'm so happy you got a nice new camera! I got one this year too and I still don't know how to use it. It takes time to learn...something I seem to run short on. Nice "I" post!~Ames

  22. How very nice Jen! My Dad is always snapping photos & although he isn't a photographer, he is our family historian of sorts! Recently he told me he regretted not buying me a camera when I was young. I love photography & I am still learning a lot! I think my oldest has the eye though, as she has some amazing shots!

    I am sure your dad is super happy for you. I bet he is also wondering what your "thing" to photograph will be! We know you will get some awesome shots of your cute family. Just be sure to hand off your camera from time to time, so you can get a few pics of yourself!
    hugs, Cathy

  23. How exciting! I'm sure your dad is smiling to see you taking pictures. I have a Nikon that I just love.

  24. LOVE your new camera. How wonderful for you! Loved this post.

  25. I hope you have a wonderful time with your new camera! One can never have too many photos!!

  26. Aww...I love this post. Congrats on the new camera.

  27. Yay for new cameras! Have fun playing! :)

  28. Oh my goodness, that is so cool! I just love this story and I bet your Dad is looking down and very happy to see that camera in your hands. :) Have fun!

  29. Sweet story - your Dad created the foundation for you to do this very thing.

  30. What a wonderful way to honor your dad. And what a great camera! It will be much easier thatn your dad's. Have fun. Can't wait to see your photos.

  31. That was an awesome idea....using the old camera strap. But it was also an awesome idea to get a new camera. Great strap cover too!

  32. Jen. I loved this post. It made my heart smile that you kept his camera strap where it will always be close to your heart.

    I'm glad you found a way for someone else to enjoy that equipment, too, without just storing it away in a dusty closet against 'someday'.

    Thanks for linking this wonderful story to Alphabe-Thursday.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this stop.


  33. Love love! the camera and the story about your dad! He gave you a wonderful passion! Enjoy your new toy!! I am wishing for one of those!! ha ha! ;)