Reconciling with my camera

I used to carry this camera (Fujifilm FinePix S2950 14 MP Digital Camera with Fujinon 18x Wide Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD) everyday everywhere I went.  It was one reason my purse was always bulky, but I liked it that way. You can literally say my camera and I were joined at the hip. I wanted to be ready in case I came across something snap-worthy.

Well, until my iPhone got my full attention and I decided to leave the camera behind at home.  I still used it, but trying to take pictures with the iphone and lugging a DSLR-like (but not quite) camera was too much except for those special trips where I thought it might come in handy.  I know that most iPhone users will agree that for all the versatility of the iPhone, it still leaves much to be desired when there is a serious photograph to be taken. I am not quite that attached to my iPhone to invest in a gadget to enhance my photography experience just yet.

I purposely prepared to take it to this previous week’s trip to Williamsburg because I figured there would be scenery to capture and I wanted to use it again.  And am I glad I did.

It seems like it was that time of the year when the flowers in full bloom were polinating and the butterflies were aplenty in the gardens that surrounded us like this one located in Busch Gardens.

Flowers and Butterflies

But it wasn’t the garden which was enchanting but rather the many butterflies flitting from one flower to another.  There were so many swallowtails like the one below which were busy doing their  thing to make sure the circle of life goes on.


There were even so many of them that I was able to take several shots of pairs of them flying close to each other.

It wasn’t so much the scenery but I was captivated by these gorgeous butterflies.  I first spied them at the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.  It’s a little tricky uploading them but I will do as much as I can.

I’ve made a promise to take the camera with me everywhere I go again, hoping to see more of these lucky shots. I’ve missed those crisp shots and my favorite macro angles. We have more pictures to take together.

Between Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams

I opted to get off a stop earlier on my way to the hotel for the ride home and check out the MoMA gift shop since I knew they’d be open late because it was a Friday. (Uniqlo Fridays are from 4-8pm when the public is allowed to enter the museum free.). They always have new postcard offerings and their sale rack always has a robust selection. The only thing is that while the rack is labeled “SALE”, they have no price tags. Regular postcards sell for $1.25 to $2.00, and the postcards that were on sale went for .25 and .50 cents. You can’t go wrong with that!!

I took my pick of 8-10 postcards, trying not to splurge, and milled around. I spied an Andy Warhol postcard book which I almost grabbed, but I thought I’d get some lenticular (3d) postcards instead. Walking to the check out line, though, I saw a special rack dedicated to items focusing on Ansel Adams. And there it was, a postcard set (not a book) of Ansel Adams photography. Ansel Adams won out and I happily grabbed it..Vintage Postcards: To keep or to give away?

Not to say that I think Ansel Adams is a better or bigger artist than Andy Warhol — I have great respect for these two names who are superstars in their respective genre (photography and pop art respectively) — but I figured I could always go back for the Warhol. While I try not to fall prey to procrastination when it comes to postcard buys (“I’ll grab it next time.”), I try not to go overboard with the postcard shopping. I could’ve grabbed both but I thought that was a bit much.

The art postcards which were on sale will be a good addition to my collection and for trading with others with a preference for non-touristy postcards.

I’ve been going through my vintage postcard collection and sorting out what I can get rid of, either by way of trading them off, selling them on eBay or just giving them to someone who would be able to use them for their collection. I’ve pretty much confined my antique/vintage preferences to Philippines, New York, and other places we’ve visited like Paris and Brugge. I acquired these other antique postcards through other postcard lots I had bought or received in previous years. I figure someone would find value in them as part of their collection or as plain ephemera for other use.

Any takers? Email me at with “vintage postcards” in the subject line.

Meanwhile, here’s to Ansel Adams and the MoMA..=).