People ask me all the time what kind of camera I was shooting with. They figure I had some big fancy lens, high dollar camera because of the clarity and detail in the image I now call Sophia Smiling. Truth is, I was shooting with my very first digital camera, a little Fuji XP pocket camera that I got for $108 brand new at Best Buy. I had always shot with film until my brother gave my mom a little pocket digital camera for Christmas the year before. I had never shot digital, but I liked the compact size and portability of this little camera that I could put in my pocket. I decided I would give my mom’s camera a try on my first outing in a kayak. I had done several float trips in canoes, so when my friend Jacque offered me the chance to go kayaking for the first time, I jumped on that opportunity too. How different could it be? As we put the kayaks into the water and packed our snacks, I pulled my mom’s little digital camera from my pocket to verify I had it. Jacque asked me if I was sure I wanted to bring the camera on my first time out in a kayak. I assured her, yes everything would be fine…I would be staying dry as would the camera. Thirty seconds later, I found myself upside down underneath the kayak in about two feet of water that seemed like twelve feet. Perhaps it was the fact that it was early spring and the water was freezing or maybe it was because I had on jeans, two hoodies and boots that I sank like a log. I seemed to lack the strength to free myself from the bottom of the lake due to my added water weight. Or maybe, just maybe, as I floundered in the freezing cold lake in water- logged clothing, it was the thought of how my mom was going to kill me for submerging her new digital camera in water that I immediately sprung to my feet and ripped the camera from my back pocket. Despite all efforts to save the camera, I lost the battle to the frigid lake waters. We continued on with our journey, the camera dead and me soaked. Several lessons were learned that day….the hard way.
Out of fear, I decided I better get my mom’s camera replaced straight away. This time, however, I decided she needed something a little tougher. This is how I ended up with the Fuji XP. It’s waterproof, dustproof, shockproof…all the features my mom would need….(insert image of sheepish grin on my face). So it is the little Fuji XP that I used to capture two of my very most popular photos -- Sophia Smiling and Two Eggs and a Chick.
”Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” J. Johnson.