Inspiration in Focus


Inspiration often presents itself when I least expect it. Having the ability to capture a unique moment in a photograph can kickstart writing creativity while also potentially adding a little visual swag to a post.

I have found myself in a multitude of photo-worthy situations since moving to our new home a few months ago. Unfortunately I must have left my camera’s ability to focus at the old house as I no could no longer snap a quality shot. The incessant appearance of blurry unusable pictures sent me into a creative tailspin as my irritation heightened.

I looked into repair but was told that I might as well replace it given the cost. Consequently my artsiest of children became the proud owner of an art-generating machine and instantly began to work that fuzzy angle like the creative boss she is.

That left me to I consult the magical world of Google in search of a replacement and immediately became overwhelmed. Being one who refers to the dials on the camera as “these thingies right here” and the buttons as “those doodads on that side,” I was clearly in need of a device that could compliment and possibly improve on my own my unique photographic approach. If I had to describe it, I would say that my style draws heavily on a total lack of skill combined with a penchant for taking photos with hands so unsteady that they seem to be driving down a road comprised of boulders.

As I already owned a couple of decent Canon lenses, it made sense to start there. I contacted camera stores for feedback and was ultimately pointed to the Canon ESO ADD. It seemed like a poor marketing approach on Canon’s part to call it an A-D-D, but it also felt like a comically divine sign that it was right up my alley. I post frequently about my own struggles with ADD and felt like it would be ironic to have a camera that was dealing with the same label. Of course it became exponentially funnier when I went to pick the camera up and saw that the name was actually 80D – not ADD.

Regardless of the name, I immediately found myself smitten with the camera. My photos are far from perfect, but the overall quality has improved. In addition, I have taken more time to learn about a few more elements of photography to be able to speak with greater confidence about the aforementioned thingies and doodads whenever I have to contact Canon customer service. That doesn’t mean that I use those dials and buttons correctly on any level, but I feel cooler and that’s the most important part.

I’m thankful that the renewed focus in my camera equipment appears to have renewed my inner focus as well. Please be warned that you are about to be assaulted with inspiration in the form of countless bird photos, home and decor images, step by step walkthroughs of DIY madness, and other miscellaneous subjects. Apologies in advance if the relevance seems unclear, but the good news is that the photos shouldn’t be. 😉


***Please note that I’m not saying that my photos are particularly good or that the pics included in this post are my favorites. I just love the camera relative to what I was working with previously. 🙂

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad
    Apr 25, 2018 @ 07:00:06

    I’m so happy for you! A new creative door has just opened.


  2. Writer Lori
    Apr 25, 2018 @ 09:21:07

    So glad you’ve got your mojo back, Jo! And not for nothing, but I think your hummingbird photos are *stunning*. My hubby is a camera buff from way back, too. I’m in the ‘ardent admirer’ camp. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what your eye captures…. Hugs, L


    • MoJo
      Apr 25, 2018 @ 18:33:53

      I did love the pics in the last post. I couldn’t believe that the hummingbirds were such hams for the camera. It was their proximity and willingness to pose that allowed me to luck into those shots. Regardless I truly do appreciate the compliment. 🙂


  3. KDKH
    Apr 25, 2018 @ 09:52:20

    Oh boy, a new toy!! Looking forward to a creative year from you!


  4. I tripped over a stone.
    Apr 25, 2018 @ 14:54:47

    Ahhh… beautiful pics and a wonderful story. You go MoJo!


  5. José María López
    Apr 25, 2018 @ 17:13:12

    I want to be invited to your first photo exhibition.


  6. joyfullyrenewed
    Apr 26, 2018 @ 17:33:57

    80D 😂😂😂😂 Ahhh, good stuff. Would it surprise you to know that we have (had) the same hummingbird feeder? Mine was green glass though and broke with the low/freezing temps.


    • MoJo
      Apr 27, 2018 @ 14:27:54

      That shocks me just like it always does. I would have neeeeever guessed that we would ever have any similarities. Never. 😉


  7. shalini
    Apr 29, 2018 @ 23:26:56

    Wow congrats… I want to find my passion with a camera. So far it’s with the written word. Lovely pics and would give you full credit if I do nab your pic. Don’t want to be called bonehead on your blog
    On a serious note, head has to have skull to protect brain matter, whatever little people are born with or use. That’s why head has bone. Now I am being silly hahaha 💜😘
    But I get your point. 😉


  8. misifusa
    May 02, 2018 @ 10:33:45

    Love the photos always, but I can’t wait to see more with your new camera! Congrats on getting one that you love! xo


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