It has been an agonizing wait – since June this year – for Nikon to release a new DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera body. Merv was kind enough to let me borrow his Nikon D80 on and off over the past few months (a fantastic camera no less!) but I figured it was time to get my own as he has more and more shooting assignments to do for church nowadays.
When the Nikon D300 was announced back in August, I can still remember how I rushed down to my regular camera shop – John 3:16 @ Funan – after work to place a pre-order. It seemed silly at the time, almost kiasu even, but in retrospect I’m glad I did.
The Nikon D300 finally arrived in stores island wide yesterday, and of the measly two boxes that arrived at the shop, I turned out to be 2nd on the waiting list! Samuel, the guy who tends to the shop, even told me that many people tried to cut the queue by offering more money, but God bless that man, he stands firm on his beliefs and ethics! He also shared how one rich banker tried to cut the queue but when turned down, told him he was impressed by his attitude and placed a huge deposit for a camera from the next batch. This episode reminded me on the importance of how being a good testimony can bring about blessings because people are always constantly looking at how Christians behave under temptation. 😀
Can’t wait to take this baby out for a spin, on the real baby!
Anyway, new toy or not, I’m still going to continue documenting Ashley’s adventures like I always have. Nothing inspired me more than this quote from Australian photographer Suzette Nesire a in book by Bill Hurter titled “Children’s Portrait Photography Handbook”:
“…As a photographer I feel there is nothing more important than capturing your little ones and their early years – their faces, their expressions, their little hands and their habits that constantly change. A portrait of your young child is a priceless reminder of a time that once passed and will never return again. Choose to make an investment in a portrait of your child, as pictures convey so much more than words can ever express.”
Oh yes, here’s a tip for the husbands out there, that great quote helped made it easier for me to get approval from the home accountant, aka wifey, but don’t tell anyone I said that! Hee hee.
Time to start shooting!