Photography Class

aka  Why Will and Joe will be even more annoyed with their Mother

I signed up for an online photography class last night.  I’d invite you to join me, but it filled in about 30 minutes.  I was telling the boys that I’d be trying to get into the class and they seemed excited.  Until I told them that the thing about me taking this class is that they’d be subjected to the camera even more often they were now.

Talk about eye-rolling.

My sister just got a brand-new fancy-pants camera, and she got into the class, too.  I’m looking forward to taking the class “with her” — though I admit to being a little jealous of her new fancy-pants camera.

I don’t *need* a  new camera, but I would like some new lenses.  Only, for my Sony camera, the lens I want is $350.  For her Nikon, a comparable lens is only about $100.

However!  I found out last night that the Sony cameras can use the old Minolta Maxxum Autofocus lenses, so I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time looking for used lenses.  And now I don’t know what to do, because now I seem to have too MANY choices, as opposed to the single choice I thought I had before.  I’ve looked at eBay, craiglist, and about a gazillion different camera places that sell used equipment.  Which one do I pick?  They CLAIM to be in good shape, but can I trust them?  ARgh!

So, I thought I’d throw this out to the Universe:  does anyone have a Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7 lens they’d like to sell me?  Because I know I can trust all of you.

Or maybe some stock tips or a surefire way to win the lottery so I can go on a camera shopping spree?


p.s.  between basketball and every day usage, the boys have been filling up the laundry basket with socks.  good grief!  this pile of socks last night just called my name.  i could wish for the beautiful photography subjects that i see on other sites: nature, cupcakes, a beautifully decorated home, but that wouldn’t be me.  every day adventures are what i seem to have.


  1. Ila Kool says:

    This picture is normal for moms with twin boys. Or three boys. I can’t tell you how long it took me to wise up and only buy ONE brand and style of sock. So much easier to sort and fold laundry. Good thing I didn’t have girls or they’d have to wear gray crew sox with everything.

    Sorry I don’t have your lens. Enjoy your class!

  2. Jill says:

    I don’t comment much, but I read your blog everyday. I love your everday pictures! They are much more exciting than my daily boring drive to work, the office and the dogs when I get home!

  3. Warty Mammal says:

    Rest assured that even your portraits of socks are stunning.

    Almost anyone can take a photo of a flower and make it halfway attractive. It takes talent to shoot a pile of socks and make it look intriguing or insightful.

  4. riley says:

    Try Christian Photo in Des Moines. On Euclid, several blocks west of Merle Hay Mall. They sell used (and new), are knowledgeable and ethical.

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