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A Well-Deserved Rest

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I don’t want to admit that I’m in mourning but frankly, I am. My Canon Powershot G2 is dead. Its second trip to the Canon repair shop in a span of three months this year confirmed that getting it fixed would cost as much as buying a brand new camera. Crestfallen, I pull my beloved out of the shop and decide to retire it for good. For several days it sits forlornly on the coffee table in my bedroom, still in the atrocious pink bubble wrap that the technician at Canon had dutifully covered it in. I must’ve sounded so dejected over the phone when told the bad news because I wasn’t even charged the standard P250 consultation fee.

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My Canon Powershot G2 is the camera that I used to start Dessert Comes First. From the atrocity that I call my first photo ever (see above), a well-meaning flourless chocolate cake, I continued to shoot everything that I put into my mouth. Once, in an attempt to understand the camera’s Mode dial consisting of P, TV, AV, M, etc., I sat in a Sugarhouse and shot countless pictures of the coffee torte (see below) that I’d ordered. I didn’t even know what those letters stood for. Of course now I can talk confidently about aperture and shutter speed but photography is a horridly technical craft, not to mention a bottomless pit of expense. A conversation not too long ago with a professional photographer who was droning on about lens specifications and light diffusers left me longing for the time when I was that bright-eyed beginner in Sugarhouse who didn’t even know what the macro button was for.

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coffee torte, circa June 2005

Sometime in late 2005, I told an acquaintance that I was a “photographer.” I was feeling flush from thinking I knew it all about my camera. She gives me an ingratiating smile and tells me, “Darling, we all are,” while patronizingly patting my shoulder. It was a most humbling experience reminding me that I am first and foremost, a writer. Taking pictures of food is just a hobby.

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banana coffeecake, circa August 2005
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cassava cake, circa August 2006

Slowly and surely, in varying degrees of darkness and light, my pictures improved as my camera and I got to know each other better. Soon, my G2 and I were inseparable. With the words I wrote and the photos it took, we were a formidable team. I never minded that it was bulkier and not as sexy as its sleeker counterparts. Spotting it once during a coffee get together, my friend scoffs, “Gads Lor, could your camera be any bigger!” I grin, not in the least bit offended. I believe that unless you’re a private investigator, cameras aren’t meant to fit into one’s pocket. A little heft is best.

The past two weeks without my G2 was misery for me. I hated going out to eat with my big camera because it weighs a ton, for one, and more importantly it was too obtrusive. I don’t like to make a fuss when I’m out.

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guapple pie, circa 2007

Yesterday, I decided that it was time to stop dwelling and move on. So I packed my G2 and all its accouterments in its original box and plastic wrappers (I’m awfully good at keeping the original packaging of stuff I buy) and buried the box deep in the back of my cabinet. As I closed the cabinet door, it occurred to me that it was a little silly perhaps to be grieving over the “passing” of a non-living object. I had the choice of getting it fixed, after all. But looking back at how my camera patiently worked with me to produce awesome photos and being instrumental in getting me to where I am now, how can I not feel sadness? My camera deserves to rest now.

16 Responses to “A Well-Deserved Rest”

  • welcome back old girl! I was badly missing my sugar fix . . .

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  • Oh Lori! I can imagine how melancholy you must be feeling after losing your trusty “watson” (to your “sherlock”). It served you well! I’m sure brighter times are ahead! And until then…there is always chocolate :)

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  • I’m sorry, Lori…

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  • I’m sorry about your camera, Lori. I understand why you might see it as a faithful companion. But at least you still have all those gorgeous photos. :-)

    Now, I’m sorry to go off-topic, but I have to ask: where does one find that BEAUTIFUL banana coffee cake, and that guapple pie with ice cream…and is that guava jelly or caramel syrup it’s served with?

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  • So sorry to hear about your trusty ‘ol camera Lori…at least you were able to take tons of pictures and made hundreds, if not, thousands of people high with your sinfully, drool-worthy food finds.

    So Lori, what camera are you using now?

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  • Welcome back, Lori!

    Gee, you are one hard habit to break – you got me checking out your site daily since last Monday hoping your hiatus has already abated.

    I completely commiserate with your trusty camera’s untimely retirement. My Canon Powershot A90 (which has given us more than two years of nifty immortalization of “Kodak” moments) is currently in the service center for a lens sensor replacement. Though they are charging me zilch because the problem is an apparent product defect (which has triggered last year a regional recall of this particular model series), it has annoyingly disrupted for three weeks now (due to the wait for the unavailable imported spare parts) my affinity for constantly capturing family memories in digital format. That’s why your situation is understandably frustrating.

    But I’m confident (just like scores of other LORIastes out there) that you’ll graciously move on and continue with your passionately saccharine blogging. Like I said, you – and yours – is a hard habit to break.

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  • I’m very sorry for your lost we fellow food bloggers know how difficult it is to be without our trusty camera with us

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  • My condolences at the passing of your trusty camera . Though selfishly I have to say ” Welcome back ” . Have missed your food comments . lready my list of places to eat and visit when next in Manla has grown and I look forward to discovering more via your blog . Thank you .

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  • Katrina- The banana coffecake is something that I made. Recipe here.As for the guapple pie, you can get it at UVA in Greenbelt 2.

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  • Mourn, it may not have had a heart, but it was an extension of you. Especially as it was a trustworthy camera.
    (Have to say that I had to fiddle with the school’s G2 recently and it’s not a good camera to have during an urgent event in the hands of a G2 newbie! I had to keep fiddling with those letters trying to find the setting just right for the lighting.)

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  • hi lori, im using canon powershot G3 and i’ll be really sad if one day it decides to break down. both G2 & 3 are really good cameras, at least to me. so i can really understand how you feel =)

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  • Lori, I can totally understand, just cause it’s an inanimate object doesn’t mean you can’t get attached to it. I have an old manual SLR I haven’t used in over 2 years since I bought a digital camera, and I feel horribly guilty about it. It sits in my closet lonely and abandoned. I have thought about selling it, but it has some sentimental value because I bought it in Spain and so it took some of my most favorite pictures during my trip there and to Italy.

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  • Hey Lori,
    So sorry to hear about your camera…:( That is indeed so sad…but yes, you should give it a rest na…
    See you soon, girl!

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  • May I compliment you on your photos? They’re really appetizing! I am sure your next ‘point and shoot’ will be taking great pictures, too.

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  • hi, nice post!

    I can relate because aside from being a newbie blogger, am also a newbie photographer (as they say) trying to take pictures of my subjects using my Canon A560. . .

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