All I want for Christmas

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 or 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.

Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

(TNRD Library)
Let the mystery of the Summer Reading Club begin

Are you ready to ‘Crack the Case’ at the Barriere Library?

(Metro Creative photo)
Gardeners of all ages invited to enter 2021 NT Fall Fair contests

The North Thompson Fall Fair Drive Thru scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4,… Continue reading

Milsom Lodge was built in the East Barriere Valley when the Milsom brothers purchased two parcels of land in 1911, DL 2323 and DL2324. (Milsom’s photo)
The Milsom Lodge: The mansion, the ballroom, the history

“At the turn of the century, when so many families were leaving… Continue reading

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but doesn’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

Most Read