Trying to coach someone on how to handle camera is a very difficult thing to do … especially when you only have about, oh … 2 seconds to do so! I don't have an extremely difficult camera to operate. However, it seems whenever someone sees something more than a point and shoot, and if they have to actually put their eye next to the eye piece to compose the shot, they simply aren't capable of handling that pressure.
I even put the settings on Auto mode, but our poor waitress had obviously had too much muscle demand so far today with all those trays she was lifting. Her muscles were shaky and she couldn't handle taking a photo.
Here's one of her better first attempts … (you think I'm joking, right?!) I picked the best among about five.
She kept pressing the button and I kept thinking, "What is she taking a photo of?!" Then I told her to hold the button half-way, then DON'T MOVE and press it all the way down. I thought I was a good coach until today.
She couldn't understand the concept of putting her eye to the camera. She kept holding it out in front of her and then asking me why she couldn't see me! Modern technology can be confounding, no?!
And after eight more attempts, this is the best the poor gal could do …
WAY BETTER than her first attempts! As she took photos, I could see the shutter hanging open inside the lens while her finger lingered on the button and her wrists turned the camera downward. Apparently, I'm not a good coach after all …
Oh well, Sal, this is the best documentation of our 'first meeting' that we have! ("Sal" is a nickname.)
Here's the backstory … Sal graduated -from the college I attended-in May before I matriculated in September. Her sister matriculated with me and the next year, her sister and I were both in the same concert choir and the three of us shared many mutual friends. Sal would come back to school to visit from time to time and I met her 'on the fly' during those times.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago … I saw that she commented on a post of someone I knew on Facebook. 'Someone' here in my own state! 'Someone' that I wondered how she knew. Very few people from my college are in these Western United States so I sent her a message. Long story short—she and I have been crossing paths for about 18 months without knowing it! The paths are so close that we shop at the same grocery stores and her home is only about five minutes from my own. We have mutual friends, our kids have mutual friends (even in different states!), and now we plan to be real friends to each other.
Disney has it right: "It's a small world after all!"
Today, we made the world even smaller by sharing brunch and wonderful conversation. Thanks, Sal. It was a wonderful morning.
Here's to many more!