I really "married up" on my second go marital go-around.  My wife, Kari, really has made a tremendous difference in my life.  Yes, we have seven kids together, and that in and of itself makes a difference, but truly, I find myself a very lucky man.

As you know, last October I bought a MacBook Pro. It is really the best computer I've ever had.  And the things I've learned to do with it: Final Cut Express, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, PhotoShop Elements 6 etc have provided me with tools and experiences I only could have dreamed about when I started in this business 20 years ago, or had to pay tons of money to get done.  Now, I just do them from where ever I am with my laptop. 

Kodachrome? You ask.  The first time I remember hearing this song was exactly 35 years ago.  We had just moved to K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan for the second time, arriving from Castle AFB in California, where dad had become certified to once again fly B-52s.  I remember being in our kitchen there at 208 Fortress and hearing Kodachrome.  I had no idea what the song was about, I just like the jingle and the moma don't take my Kodachrome away…

About 22 years ago at Auburn in Montgomery, I took a Photo journalism class under the direction of my photo mentor, Uncle Phil.  He was great.  We were talking one day in class about the beauty of black and white–heck, just look at Ansil Adams' work–and Phil said someting that's stuck with me always; in the song, Paul Simon sings, "And everything looks worse in black and white."  Which as Uncle Phil said, "wasn't right."

So what does Kodachrome and my wife have in common?  Well, for weeks now I've been talking about needing a new digital camera.  From my work with Adolpho at Northpark Center Apple Store in Dallas, I'm learning about the power of digital cameras that will shoot in RAW setting, one where the data in your photos isn't compressed at all, unlike a jpeg.  So, I've been on the hunt for an economical digital camera that does RAW photos when I want them.  I'm thinking like, on our next trip to Yosemite….

Well, Wal-Mart had Nikon D40s on sale for $498.  On EBay yesterday, we found one as the bidding was starting at $340.  By the time I won the bidding at $385, I won.  In other words, and quoting Kodachrome, "I've gotta Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph, so momma, don't take my Kodachrome away…." 

My wife helped me with the science of bidding on EBay and now I'm waiting for it to be shipped.  I'm excited.  There are tons of things I ( I mean WE) will be shooting now, including some great portraits of our kids. And some new great ones of my beautiful, wonderful wife, Kari.  Whom I love with all my heart.

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