Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Trading Passions

For years my passion was wine.  I loved learning about how it's made, the many complexities, the taste and the experience of it.  I traveled to different wine regions to take tours, witness the process of bottling, and enjoying a glass of wine on the property while I soaked in the sunshine.

Over time, I built up quite the collection.  My friends knew that they would be in for a treat when I had get togethers, with the wine that I served.  I took trips with friends to the wine country and after a while most of my travel plans would revolve around wineries.  To this day, I know what a wine would taste like if someone told me the winery and varietal.

After all the experiences, tasting, learning and drinking wine, it wasn't fulfilling to me anymore.  At first it was intimidating when I didn't know the wine "lingo" when someone would describe the attributes but after many years of "learning," it became second nature.  I felt I reached the point where I wasn't learning about the wine anymore, it was just the act of drinking it that I enjoyed.

I decided that wine was no longer a passion of mine.  Besides the social aspect of drinking wine, the negative outcome outweighed the positive in my experience.

I moved on to another hobby, photography.  Since I spent so much time in my previous passion, I needed something challenging and creative.  I have found both in photography.  My dog, Max and I traveled across the USA last year and at first, I took pictures with my little point and click to document our trip.  After a while, the typical snapshot wasn't what I was looking for.  I wanted something more.  I take a lot of pictures in the hopes that I will end up with something that came close to what I envisioned in my mind. I have shot all of my pictures with my point and shoot thus far and have had fun in the process.

As we are preparing for our next trip across the country, I thought it was about time to give my wine collection to a new home.  Someone that has the same passion I once did.  Why not use trade my old passion with a new tool to help me in my new love?  That's right...I traded 10 years of collecting wine (along with the 188 bottle refrigerator) for a new camera.  I am now the proud owner of a canon 5D Mark ii.  It's the big brother of my current point and click, the canon powershot s90.  Big, big, brother.  There is a lot to learn with it, but after a while I will figure it out.  I am pretty excited about this new learning adventure.

You might have something that you once loved sitting in your garage that you no longer use or need.  Maybe it's time to trade it in for something you currently enjoy!  I have a stationary bike I will trade for a new lens!

I am glad I did and I am looking forward to sharing more with you.


cumulus said...

Congratulations on your new acquisition! Unlike the wine, it will still be there tomorrow morning waiting to be used.

Krista said...

That's fantastic! I know for me I wanted a good camera for a very long time and a couple of years ago I was able to get one. I find myself finally being able to pursue the interest I had long ago.
What I have to trade is a garage full of sheets of colored glass for stained glass. Might trade for a road bike.

Krista said...

That's fantastic! I know for me I wanted a good camera for a very long time and a couple of years ago I was able to get one. I find myself pursuing the interest I had long ago with more passion. What I have to trade is a garage full of sheets of colored glass for stained glass. Might trade for a road bike.

kim said...

wow, that's a great trade up. I can't wait to see the results from the new toy. You take such amazing shots with the point and shoot, can't even imagine what will come out with a camera like that. you've inspired me to work with my point and shoot in the meantime of me finding a way to trade up myself!

Cat Carrel said...

happy for you and your new toy! You will be amazed at how much creative freedom you will enjoy with the new camera and lenses. Just relax, be yourself, and keep an open mind. Soon you will be clicking off photos with that bad boy as easily as it's little brother. Hugs!

Jim said...

Congrats - It's a great camera, and I can't wait to see some new images!

Alison said...

Thank you Cumulus! That's exactly what I think too. :)

Krista, yes...I am excited about it. Trading things is the best. Both Parties win.

Kim..thank you! I will still use my trusty point and click. I just have to develop a new relationship with my new tool. Right now we are still getting to know each other.

Cat- I have always expressed my creative side no matter what the tool is. I think people can do excellent work with what they have. I am fortunate enough to play around with this beautiful piece of equipment. I'm still me...nothing has changed in that regard. :) Just a big learning curve, in which I am excited to tackle.

Jim - Thank too! There is a lot to know with the camera so I am taking it in little by little. I look forward to sharing more!

some one said...

krista i wish i had the space and the place for your colored glass. don't know if i would ever get around to doing the stained glass but i always wanted to do that.
i think there is a web site that you can barter or trade out there. or maybe post on craigslist.
a bike is a reasonable thing to want.

alison..the camera is beautiful. what a great trade.

Kevin said...

Nice barter Alison... I remember a year ago writing and thinking how much more you could do with an SLR. What you created with the PS 1200 and the 90 has really been something to see. Kudos on your various successes over the past year, I'm looking forward to your next trip. Be safe and keep shooting!

susan said...

I love the inpiration you provide! Great trade, Alison.

craftnurd said...

in Julian, CA there is a winery that celebrates it's first harvest by having a public wine stomping. Picture a bunk of drunk women dressed up as Lucille Ball sloshing around in a huge barrel of grapes. The grapes between your toes is a sensation that is both grotesque and wonderful all all the same time...

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