All I want for Christmas

This week I heard the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” and I wondered how photographers would fare with that tune, so when my friend Jo stopped by to help me feed the ducks and chickens that lay a few eggs and make a lot of noise I asked her, in the spirit of that classic song, to help me come up with some new verses for photographers.

We sat drinking hot chocolate after feeding the birds and got a bit carried away, but here are a few “All I wants” we came up with:

All I want for Christmas is a brand new lens. Santa, a 85mm lens would be great for my portrait and studio photography. Although I’d really like an f1.4 that would give me really soft background, I’d be very happy with an f1.8 if that’s all you have available.

All I want for Christmas is a new ball head for my tripod. Santa, you know I always use a tripod. Now I am thinking that I want a really good ball head that is super smooth for panning on my small travel tripod that I got last spring.

All I want for Christmas is that new Nikon D850. I don’t really need a new camera. I really am quite happy with the cameras I have, but if Santa wanted to give me a new camera that would be the one I’d like.

All I want for Christmas is a camera bag with wheels. Santa, that kind of bag would let me carry more lenses, cameras and photography accessories so I would have more choices when I wanted to make a picture.

All I want for Christmas is a super zoom telephoto. Santa, there are a couple to pick from like a Tamron or Sigma and two good ones for Nikon owners. (And Canon too)

All I want for Christmas is a box of the Epson 20X24 Exhibition Fiber paper. Santa, it is supposed to have an incredible luminance and texture as well as producing a B&W much like the original B&W prints of the past.

All I want for Christmas is a big flat-topped car like a Hummer that I can climb on top of with my tripod and shoot from on high like the famous scenic photographer Ansel Adams used to do. Santa, I probably need to ask for some gas money too, as I’m sure it’ll cost more to drive than my Honda.

All I want for Christmas is a photography vacation. Santa, I would like about a month just about anywhere that I could only do photography for myself day after day without worrying about the regular things in my life like taking care of my family and paying bills. However, I’d even be happy with a week.

All I want for Christmas is to have a “White Christmas” (oops, another Christmas song), but not too cold of temperatures Santa. I don’t want to freeze my toes and fingertips when I go outside to take pictures over the holidays.

I just heard another one of my favourite Christmas songs entitled “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”.

So In the words of composers Blane and Martin ”All I want for Christmas” is for everyone to

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Let your heart be light

From now on our troubles will be out of sight

Through the years we all will be together

If the fates allow

Hang a shinning star upon the highest bough

And let yourself have a merry little Christmas now.”

These are my thoughts for this week. Contact me at www.enmanscamera.com or emcam@telus.net. Stop by Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops. I sell an interesting selection of used photographic equipment. Don’t hesitate to call me at 250-371-3069.

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