Posted: June 8, 2012
There is a famous "Far Side" comic strip that epitomizes my life. It's a picture of a guy with a huge screwdriver looking puzzled as he attempts to fit the tool into a tiny screw. Below the one-frame cartoon is the caption, "Mechanically declined ". Fortunately, those with whom I live are better able to use equipment and devices, whether they be electronic or manual. I, on the other hand, struggle with even the most mundane tasks.
At last Friday night's high school graduation ceremony, I was in charge of taking pictures of, not only the graduate in the household, but also of her close friends.
When I take pictures, I usually buy one of those Kodak disposable cameras, which only cost about $7. But since this was a special occasion, I thought it would be appropriate to use the Fuji camera that I purchased as a birthday gift for my girlfriend, Lisa. Unfortunately, even though the camera was put in a place where nobody would forget where we put it when we got back from our Florida vacation, none of us could remember where it was hidden.
My other option was to use the video camera that I gave as a 16th birthday gift to the daughter that was now graduating. But, like so many other things in our house, nobody could find the battery charger for the camcorder.
The graduation ceremony was scheduled to begin in about 90 minutes and the picture-taker was without the necessary tool. This is when I began to panic.
I knew how to use Lisa's Fuji camera and I had a faint recollection how to operate the video camera. And I knew that the disposable camera wasn't an option since the ceremony called for special equipment. So as a last resort, I went out to buy a name-brand camera.
With only 40 minutes of reading the instructions (yes, I occasionally read instructions) and a few more minutes of practice, I was able to obtain a basic understanding how the Nikon camera functioned. I kept about 45 of the 65 pictures that I snapped during the two-hour graduation ceremony. The shots that I deleted were either too blurry or were pictures of the wrong graduates.
Nobody complained about the moments that I captured on film, but there is a good chance that I will be asking others who attended the ceremony if I can buy some of their photos. I can only hope that someone got a picture of our graduate while she was accpeting her diploma.