Those of you who have been in my physical or online presence over the past week have probably heard me talk about the topic of today’s post. (No, it’s not “The Bachelor.” I haven’t watched the finale yet, but as soon as I do, let’s chat about that, OK?) The topic I’m referring to is photography.

I don’t know exactly what prompted it, but I recently decided I’d like to advance from my Canon PowerShot to a fancy schmancy, agree-to-eat-peanut-butter-sandwiches-for-the-rest-of-your-life digital SLR camera.

As I’ve been contemplating this significant financial commitment and considering blood donation as a source of extra income for the first time in my life, I’ve wondered about my motives. What is so compelling about photography — a pastime some are happy to dip their toes in with a point-and-shoot or an obligation some feel to capture moments for posterity — that I can’t seem to get the craving to shoot everything I see out of my system?

My answer is not profound or life-altering. It’s simply this: Perspective.

Photography, like writing, changes the way I see the world. It turns leaves, smiles, clouds and crowds into something to be captured and shared. It changes the lens (pun intended) through which I view my surroundings.

Here are a few examples I’ve stumbled across this week that have inspired me to keep my photography dream alive.

Moving Pictures, like Harry Potter

Isn’t this animated .gif amazing? You can see more Harry-Potter-esque moving pictures here.

This is one I took in the wheat field behind my parents’ house. I was messing around with flare. Obviously, I need more practice.

And finally, here’s an amazing time lapse video shot with a DSLR camera in Manhattan.

Mindrelic – Manhattan in motion from Mindrelic on Vimeo.

I owe all of you who responded to my recent Facebook question about cameras a big thank you! If you didn’t have a chance to share you input there, feel free to leave me a comment below and let me know what kind of digital SLR camera you think is worth selling my soul (or at least my blood) for.

  • Jessie Evans

    I'm a huge fan of Nikon, obviously, but make sure whatever camera you end up going with, you set aside some money for a good lens. The body is only half of the gear(and frankly, the less important half.) My recommendation would be to start out with the 50mm 1.8 (or 1.4 if you're up to spending the money) Both Canon and Nikon make this lens, but make sure whatever body you end up getting is compatible with all lenses. Some are not and I find this very very odd.