Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cameras and Dale Chihuly


I dropped my camera when we were on vacation this summer, and it has not been the same since. It does take photos, but it does not zoom. And what use is a camera, really, without a zoom? (Unless one is getting artsy with a box camera, or instagramming with a smartphone....) Anyway.....the iPhone5 is shipping this week (woop!)......but I do need a new camera.

I am soliciting advice. Canon or Nikon? Detachable lens or just a really good zoom? I am looking for a camera that will take really good, no, excellent photos ( the iPhone will take care of photos on the fly)....... you know....great interior photos, artful photos, photos that are good enough for a website and a blog.


John and Sherry over at Young House Love just got a Nikon 3200 and seem very happy with it.  Does anyone else have a camera they love?

Luckily, I dropped the camera in question towards the end of our vacation after taking most of the photos of our trip to Oregon, Washington and Vancouver, Canada. I have been borrowing Tim's point and shoot for the last month or so. But it is time to move on.


As you can imagine, one of the things I wanted to see in Seattle was Dale Chihuly's new Exhibition Hall, Chihuly Garden and Glass. I was awestruck. There is an enormous exhibition hall with a beautiful solarium greenhouse structure as well as exterior gardens to go through. All of the spaces are full of Dale Chihuly's beautiful works of blown glass, all created with his team of brilliant craftsmen.



I felt at times like I was in a fantasy world....or outer space....or under the sea....or just Alice through the Looking Glass.....


I could have spent days here with my camera snapping away....


But vacations often are too short, and we had to be off to meet up with family.....


Next time I will plan for more time to stay and visit the theater (I missed that part!).....and take my time with a new camera.

I hope you all get a chance to visit! Chihuly Garden and Glass is described as "a long term Exhibition that will be viewable for an extended period of time." Not sure, but it sounds like it will be there for awhile, but not forever...so better sooner than later!

8 comments:

Willow's Quiet Corner said...

WOW, Katie! I would LOVE to see this exhibit! I didn't realize all the different work he did! ! ! I was only familiar with his work in the Bellagio. Thank you so much for sharing this! ! ! Good luck with your camera search! I will be doing the same soon!

Fluff your nest said...

I just purchase the Nikon d7000. I did a lot of reasearch talked to a lot of professionals. Joni at Cote de Texas has been very helpful. She has great blog entries about photography. She just purchase the wide angle Nikon camera. I could not afford the wide angle camera 35mm $3k. I own a tamron wide angle lens for my design work. The D7000 is a great Camera. The Nikon d90 is also a good camera. You can rent cameras and try them at a local photography shop. Good luck!!

Karena said...

Katie absolutely incredible works by Chihuly! The images are great!

I am not a camera expert I'm afraid.

Oh, I am having an amazing Giveaway of Plush Velvet Pumpkins from Love Feast!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

mary said...

I have loved Chihuly's work for many years, but had no idea of the scope of his creativity... pure genius. thanks.
Good luck with the new camera--I just have a good Cannon point and shoot and it works, which for my skill level is good enough. Mary

*Chic Provence* said...

Hi Katie, I love my Nikon D70 with wide angle lens for interior shots, and normal lens for, well, normal angles! but to be honest I use my iPhone 90% of the time it seems now!!

Hope you are having a good October in Sacto... LOVE Chihuly, he is installed at museum in St. Pete also... really incredible, astonishing work he does...

xoxo

Kit

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

The Dallas Botanical Gardens has a Chihuly exhibit on at the moment. We went in August and it was HOT....was just talking with my husband that we need to go again now that the weather is more mild. I think we have a few more weeks. Spectacular!

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Are these all made of glass or fiber glass, they look identical as the real one.