Saturday, March 10, 2007

Camera Obscura

I never lose things. I've never lost my keys. I've never lost a cell phone (though I did accidentally wash one once). I've never lost a dog. I've only briefly lost my sanity. But when it comes to cameras, I don't have the best track record. Sometime early last week, I lost my Canon SD400. It was a great camera, and I'm really frustrated with myself. This is the third camera I've lost since I moved to Utah. (But, in my defence, I did find camera number one. Then I sold it.) After a week and a half of no luck, I finally opted to buy a new one.
After much research, I decided on the Canon SD800 IS. I've tried other brands before, but Canons always seem to take the best pictures. This one is a 7.1 megapixel and had the best review on CNET.
Buying the camera was an odyssey in itself. I tried all the locally owned camera stores around here, but not one carried it. I reluctantly went to Circuit City to see if they had it. They did, but it took so long to get anyone to help me, I gave up and left. Then I went to Best Buy. They carried the camera, but didn't have any in stock. I went back home to do some online research, and decided to head back to Circuit City because I didn't feel like driving an hour to the Best Buy in Provo to get the damn camera. It still took forever for a salesperson to even acknowledge my existence, but I finally got the camera I wanted. Printed on my receipt was an online customer survey, which I promptly filled out with details of my unpleasant visit. I hope they really read those things.

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
Anyway, today was our annual squadron ski day. Several of us went up to Snowbasin, and I had the first opportunity to use my new camera. And I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.

Originally uploaded by currtdawg.
It was a really warm day. Some people were skiing in nothing more than pants and a t-shirt. I wanted to shed a layer or two, but didn't want to walk all the way to my truck. Regardless, we had a great day full of powder, bourbon, and Z's unique style of uncontrolled downhill chaos.

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