This Camera on My Desk Keeps Me Sane

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

 My camera is my friend. AND it keeps me sane - sorry, Chris, but I just can't seem to identify my camera as male or female nor to give it a name. But I still love it! And unlike Chris's "Gretchen," I know a bunch of you also have the same friend - the Kodak v705.

I wrote previously about what a friend my camera was and how it could be YOUR friend too. And over time I have realized how important my camera was to me. That fondness was driven home to me just a few weeks ago when I lost my friend. Actually I didn't lose it, it sorta died (surgery could be performed but at a significant price).  Panic set in because I had several community profiles that needs pics and a new listing coming on the market. Thanks to AR and a post by Jeff Turner about the Kodak v705, I hopped on the Internet, pulled out the credit card (so easy to do), ordered my new camera with overnight delivery and, presto, I had a new friend.

I don't have a picture since I haven't figured out how to use the camera to take its own pic (maybe a mirror?) but have included a photo from Amazon.

I keep my camera on my desk and it DOES keep me sane. It helps me focus (bad pun, I know), and I shudder to think what I would do or where I would be without it (ugh, another one). Keeping it near me reminds me to ALWAYS take it along, wherever I go, just in case. My camera is important to me, not only for adding wonderful photo to listings, but for documenting my travels, things I enjoy doing, precious moments, and of course building the Localism database with pics and community profiles.

I have to say that whenever I am using it to take pictures, I recall all the posts that have been written about BAD MLS photos - it helps me to pay attention to the task at hand and to try to take the best pics I can. But I am still learning how to improve my photography skills and have quite a ways to go. Don't think I will be quitting the day job any time soon.

BTW, for those of you with the v705, Mike Stankewich has written a great series of tutorials on this camera. Better than the documentation on line.

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Duayne Weir
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Jeff, Cute little story about your friend!! Thanks for sharing.

Good Day!! have a cup of java and a smile on me :)

Apr 24, 2007 03:47 AM #1
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Thanks, Duayne. Interesting what one can up up with to write about, eh?!

Jeff

Apr 24, 2007 03:52 AM #2
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Scott Gormley
Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing - Chico, CA

Hey Jeff

I love photography. After having a child, you learn that having a camera close by can be the best thing you do...Because you never know when you can get an AWESOME picture or when you could possibly miss it :)

Have a great day!

Scott

Apr 24, 2007 03:54 AM #3
Rainer
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My camera is MY FRIEND as well. Cute post...and I'll have to look into this model of camera.

Thanks.

Beth

Apr 24, 2007 03:56 AM #4
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
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I hate photography (doing it... I like other people's efforts) but I want that camera.  I hate vacuuming too and  I always think buying a new vacuum will make me a better vacuumer.  I believe I will name my vacuum and blog about it.  ; -)   
Apr 24, 2007 04:30 AM #5
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Paula Henry
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Jeff, Great Post! How would we live without a camera? I went last night to get an extra battery and memory card for my camera and almost walked out with a new camera instead. Luckily, I was able to contain myself. Now, I, like Maureen, want that camera!

Maureen - I love photography and also hate vacuuming. Don't buy the vacuum, name the one you have and find someone else to use it!

Apr 24, 2007 04:51 AM #6
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Hi, Jeff!  Your camera looks like a "Chuck" to me.  ;o)  I LOVE my camera.  I take it everywhere with me.  I take pictures of whatever and get less and less embarrassed about taking pictures at any time.  (My poor teenager ... everything I do moritfies her.)  My camera is one of my best friends. 
Apr 24, 2007 05:51 AM #7
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Ashley Drake Gephart
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Chuck that makes me laugh. Did you notice that if you tilt your head to the left it looks like "Chuck" is frowning? Poor Chuck.
Apr 24, 2007 06:03 AM #8
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Sarah Cooper
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Oh -- Ashley, you're right!  Jeff, please take Chuck out a little more often.  He's lonely.
Apr 24, 2007 07:38 AM #9
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Scott - Thanks. You are so right. In my day when the kids were born, however, we didn't have access to all the great technology we do today. I still have moments when I have forgotten the camera and see something that I should have had a picture of.

Beth - thanks for your comments. It's a great camera, although I am still getting used to it.

Sarah- could be the right name. Will have to think on it. BTW he is not lonely - I take him everywhere (in fact we just came back from doing some picture taking in Rancho Santa Fe for my community profile - stay tuned). But he may have been looking sad since he was not in use, even thought his lens was open. :)

Ashley- LOL

Great points, Paula. It IS a great camera, and let someone else vacuum if possible.

Maureen - thanks. I enjoy photography but am not very good at it. That is frustrating for me. :(

Thanks, everyone, for stopping in and commenting. This was fun.

Jeff

Apr 24, 2007 08:12 AM #10
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Jeff, I see you're being a sport and joined the challenge as well.  I still haven't bought this camera (after that money post, I think I can no longer talk about my spending habits lol)  but really, really want it!  Thanks for the link to Mike's tutorials.  Big LOL to Maureen and the rest.  Funny comments.
Apr 24, 2007 10:25 AM #11
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Jennifer Steck
Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado - Denver, CO
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Jeff, Whenever I forget my camera, I miss the perfect picture. I try to always have it with me, especially now, since I'm trying to get more information posted on Localism.
Apr 24, 2007 11:15 AM #12
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Jeff Turner
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Jeff... you and I share the same friend! And what a faithful and trusted friend it has become!
Apr 24, 2007 11:55 AM #13
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Jeff - so true. And I have you to thank for the inspiration to get this devil. Thanks for visiting.

Jennifer - isn't that always the case? Or the camera ends up full, or the battery goes. Murphy's Law. Thanks for coming by.

Maggie - yep, I know what you mean. It has been fun.

Thanks, everyone.

Jeff

Apr 24, 2007 12:04 PM #14
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Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
ZipRealty, Inc. - Huntington Beach, CA

Hey Jeff,

A nice article about your friend and thanks for the plug.  I too am learning this cameras capabilities and will share more tutorials as I explore more and more of the features.  It has a lot of features for a compact pocket camera.  That is why it is my friend also, I can carry it everywhere.

Being a DSLR advocate, I also love the big guy, my wife, the Canon 20D, but it is difficult to have with you when the "Kodak Moment" occurs.  Thus the Kodak v705 is my secret lover that my Canon 20D does not know about.  Keep my secret from my wife!!!

Actually my real wife is very attractive and slim, so I should not reference the "big guy" when referring to her.

Fortunately she understands my humor.

Apr 24, 2007 02:03 PM #15
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Jeff & Sarah.... how funny... Chuck. And yes, when you turn your head to the left, it does look like Chuck is frowning. How funny. Can Chuck cut your lawn?  Just curious..

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Apr 24, 2007 02:05 PM #16
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Mike - my pleasure. Your posts have really been helpful. Love your humor! Thanks for stopping by.

Jeff - it really IS funny. And of course now you can't look at it without thinking that.

Guess he will be Chuck from now on...perhaps Kodak Chuck (ofr Chuck Kodak) for more formal situations).

Jeff

Apr 24, 2007 02:51 PM #17
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Jacque Howard
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Looks like a fun little camera! Been hearing lots of good reviews!
Apr 24, 2007 05:35 PM #18
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Jeff D....maybe you can pass this along to Kodak themselves.  ???

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