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On Becoming a Photographer’s Widow

by Weegee Sachtjen
Becoming a Photography Widow

DSLR Camera I was worried about my husband.

An engineer who works from home, he spends a good amount of time at the computer in troubleshooting mode. When not in front of his freakishly large monitor, his analytical mind is twisting, turning and figuring out the problem at the expense of his downtime (aka: sleep).

To relax, he plays games on his handheld device or reads a few chapters from “Game of Thrones.” They are diversions — but nothing to capture his detailed mind. They distracted from work but didn’t engage his energy.

And then the Nikon D3400 walked into our lives.

A friend of ours came to stay with us for a weekend. He loves to capture people on his digital camera and took it to the craft fairs, restaurants and on walks. He snapped multiple pictures of people in action, laughing or even just staring at the cat.

Mike was intrigued by the various elements that go into one picture. From lighting to mood to aperture to focal point, it was an exciting world.

He started watching YouTube videos, reading online articles and attended a DSLR camera basics class on how to get more from the device and your subjects.

He wanted more.

Mike in Washington - Amateur PhotographyMy husband found a list of 52 shots to give amateur photographers a challenge each week that furthers their skills behind the lens. The weeks rotate between landscape, portrait and artistic with an added element thrown in to make it different. I come home from writing class or grocery shopping to see our dining room table converted into his makeshift studio.

He wanted more.

My husband has joined a photography group here on the Sunshine Coast (Shutterbugs). They meet twice a month. The first meeting features a presentation on a certain style or subject. The group has two weeks to take pictures and submit them along the same subject or style for group viewing.

Mike in SeattleHe wanted more.

We have started taking photo safari’s so he can capture new, exciting images on his camera. We have ventured into Vancouver for a brewery photo shoot, to a state park in Washington state and down to the beach for “blue hour” early in the frost-covered morning.

He still wants more.

He’s taking his camera everywhere, with a sharp  eye out for the perfect shot. I find myself standing by the side of the road for uncomfortable amount of time while he figures out the best angle for a shot down the railroad tracks.

Mike and His Dad - Camera Talk

Mike and His Dad – Camera Talk

He spends time at his computer, analyzing the shots and figuring out different gray scales to enhance the picture for a second photography club that only does black and white.

He sleeps well at night. His mind is able to shut off due to creative exertion. Instead of fretting about work, his mind is looking for a great shot. He is exploring his world through a lens — much like I do mine through words.

When left alone as he chases the “blue hour” on the beach and I sit down with pen and paper, I can’t help but think that being a photography widow may not be all bad.

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1 comment

Sheila March 21, 2017 - 9:48 am

I love how writing and photography complement each other … just like you and Mike! Wishing you both many enjoyable moments of creativity!


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