Kirengeshoma palmata taken with son's point and click - not bad
Kirengeshoma palmata taken with son’s point and click – not bad

..after 5 years of service I have rewarded my beloved camera by dropping on the hard kitchen floor and breaking it!  What an idiot!  I am so cross with myself and more upset than I thought possible.

I have had the camera for five years so almost the life of this blog.  It has been everywhere with me, always in my handbag.  We have travelled to many gardens, the Olympics, Spain, Italy, the US.  It has recorded many happy family memories and recorded my sons’ creative achievements.  I know I still have the photographs but it like losing an old friend.

All of this is rather silly since if I am honest I had been considering getting myself a new camera this year anyway.  I had been toying with a DSLR but when I tried some the other day I found them very unwieldy and I am rather intimidated by all the controls.  I don’t want to spend all that money and then leave it on Auto – whats the point in that.  I told myself I would go on a course but that is so not going to happen as I have an almost allergic  reaction to such things at the moment.

My current camera is a Fuji Finepix and was sold as a bridge camera so a little bit more sophisticated than the point and click digital camera.  I play with the settings etc and it has done me well.  It also is slim and neat and fits in my bag or pocket easily.  Now the bridge cameras seem to have evolved into weirdly shaped things that would never fit in my handbag let alone a pocket so if I want another bridge camera I need to think about whether I want to have it slung around my neck or over my shoulder.  On the plus side I do rather like the idea of the screens that tilt so you can see into awkward angles which I think would be very good when taking photos of flowers.

The alternative is that I go for a top of the range point and click which will pop in my bag and be easy to transport but will it give me the quality of close up photographs I am looking for and that was making me consider a DSLR in the first place?

I need to go and look at some and try them but whenever I start researching cameras I become inordinately grumpy about the whole subject!  In the meantime I am borrowing one of my son’s cameras but that is also making me grumpy.  It is newer than my camera and supposedly better but I am struggling to get a grip of the controls and I suppose there is an element of sulking about having the change forced on me.  However, having been outside this evening taking photographs with it I think I am getting the hang of things and the results arent that bad (see top photograph).  Interestingly his is a top of the range point and click so maybe that is the route I should go.