Why do things break at the worst possible time?

My long time trusty friend, my camera, has finally bit the dust. After 3 years and 15,000+ photographs it has ceased functioning properly. It’s not too bad as long as you don’t care if a photo is in focus or not, becasue it’s hit or miss, it may be or it may not be…

It started off not focusing pulled into the Wide angle or at max zoom, either manually or automatically, now it only focuses when it wants too, only you can’t tell on the little LCD if it did or not. It’s very frustrating.

I love my camera, and it’s served me well, but it also has several limitations that I was becoming frustrated with. Lack of long exposure shutter speeds were bothering me, night photography fascinates me, and the limiations of what I could produce were at times frustrating. Also the shutter lag was getting on my nerves. What was great in 2002, was quite limiting compared to what’s out there now.

Over on my website, I run a feature every Monday, Wednesday & Friday called the Photo Du Jour. It is a photograph taken in either Windsor or Detroit, with history/background behind the scene. I felt compelled to even beg today. I put up a notice on today’s Photo Du Jour about the camera breaking, and if anyone felt compelled to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. So far I have recieved a few donations, and I am grateful to those who feel that they enjoy my work enough to contribute to the cause.

This was maybe the worst time for the camera to break too… Things never break when you have extra money, or when you don’t need them. I am quickly approching my wedding day (September 17th to be exact), and there are so many other things calling for money, that a camera isn’t the easiest expense to justify. However our honeymoon is booked and we’re getting ready to spend two weeks in Europe, visiting London, Paris & St Etienne, France. So I am in need of a camera. The camera will be replaced there is no doubt about it, it’s just a matter of when.

I’m hoping that there are enough generous people out in cyberspace that they can kick in a few bucks to expedite the purchase of a new camera. I’m not under any assumptions that I will raise anywhere near the amount required to purchase a new camera, but every little bit helps.

4 Comments so far

  1. diogenes (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 8:38 am


    I just pay-pal’d you a few bucks; sorry it couldn’t be more. I can only work part time because I am a student :( Good luck getting back into the game!

    Diogenes AKA diogenes

  2. Jaime and Gideon (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

    Hey, Andrew:

    Too bad about your camera : Hey, Andrew:

    Too bad about your camera :

  3. Jaime and Gideon (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 3:56 pm

    Well, I am not sure why half of my comment was cut off, but what I was trying to say was that we are sorry to hear about your camera, and that my fiance and I had just sent a few bucks to your camera-fund. Hopefully you’ll be able to get a new one soon and continue taking those awesome pictures you do : )

  4. diogenes (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 5:40 pm

    hey, yeah, I’m a moron – that first posts sign off was SUPPOSED to read, “Diogenes AKA Doug”


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