Up, Up & Away

My hubby Chris had a business trip to Germany not too long ago. On the day he was leaving, he studied the clock and informed me, “It’s about 5:30 p.m. now. We need to make it to the airport by 8:15 p.m. at the latest. That should give us just enough time to get there and back before I have to leave.”

“Get where?” I asked.


“Howell?! Why do you want to drive all the way to Howell right now?” (Just for the record, the city of Howell is a good 45-minute drive from our house.)

“To get pictures of the hot air balloons taking off,” he said with a grin.

The city of Howell hosts a Hot Air Balloonfest every summer. We’ve only gone once before, but it was pretty amazing. “Are you sure this is a good idea?” I asked, doubtfully.

“Yup,” he said, gathering the camera equipment.

You see, Chris got a new camera--er, I mean I got a new camera. It’s a Sony SLT-A65 and it ROCKS!! I keep saying “I” in an attempt to eventually psych him into thinking that it really is MY camera.

Up until he bought this particular one, every other camera he’s bought over the years has been as a gift for me. Unfortunately, I admit it; I’ve never been particularly good at sharing them. I think Chris just got tired of my selfishness, so he went out and bought himself this new-and-WAY-improved version of mine. It’s so phenomenal!

We both love taking photographs! While I’m not a professional, I enjoy playing one on vacations and at my kids’ sporting events. And if I’m being totally honest, I also enjoy the ecstatic appreciation I get from fellow team parents whenever I share the awesome shots I’ve managed to get of their kids in action at said sporting events.

I’ve been so busy though, I haven’t had a chance to really try out the new camera. Chris, however, has been playing around with it for months now. He promised he’d share as we journeyed to the Balloonfest.

He didn’t.

Probably getting even with me for all those times I wouldn’t share (even though he claims that wasn’t the case.) Says he simply got caught up in taking photographs. Like this awesome shot!

And this…

Check out the super clarity he captured using the…er, MY 200mm zoom lens!

 My son’s final high school soccer season starts in another month. If I don’t get my hands on that camera soon, and learn how to use it properly, Chris will be taking all the cool action shots during the games. Then he'll be getting all my coveted accolades from grateful soccer parents. Call me a pouty baby if you want, but I cannot have this!

Somehow, some way--even if I must resort to subliminal messages while he sleeps--that new camera will be mine. Stay tuned. Bwa, ha, ha!

Photographs © Chris (Sigh. Not Holly. Sigh even bigger.) Bowne 


TeresaR said...

LOL! We recently (within the last year anyway) bought a new digital SLR...the nicest camera we've had in a long time because Son1 was going to take all these great bird photos, etc etc. Guess who gets stuck holding the camera and taking 80% of the pictures. Yup, me.

I know, I know, you're going "how's that a problem?" LOL! It's not a problem, but it struck me as funny that I don't covet the thing and I end up being the one to use it most often.

Loved those colorful and cool photos of the balloons! I take it Chris got to the airport in time?

Nancy said...

What clarity. What colors. What a great camera. I'm jealous. Have fun trying to get your turn.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ha! He did great with the pictures! Love all the colors!