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FROM READERS: The camera returns

August 13, 2012 | 10:00 a.m. CDT
John Hall's camera returned last week after being sent away to be repaired. To recalibrate the settings on the camera, he set out to photograph the hummingbirds in his yard.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

The long awaited return of the "old Nikon" appeared not to be in the works for Friday, August 10. I waited on the UPS delivery van until 5:15 last evening and then went out for supper. I knew the camera would be awaiting me on my return home. But like the restaurant that didn't even have a baked potato, there was no camera on my porch when arriving back at "Halls Half Acre."

Around the time the sidewalks start rolling up, in small towns, I gave up on getting the camera until sometime next week, if then. Finally, I gave up the ghost and reclined to watch the evening news talk programs. But, alas I heard the hooves of eight reindeer or that was my first impression. Upon paying closer attention I figured out it was the eight tires on the UPS truck. Santa was slow getting out of his sleigh and I went out to see what was delaying him. He told me that he had pulled out the package of someone else and couldn't get to mine until the time switch had run its course and he could reenter the storage area of his truck to fetch mine.

Being the next to last delivery on the UPS route for the day found me walking inside my house with the camera at 8:30 p. m. I opened the box to make sure the camera was in was in working order and snapped a couple of photos of one of the dogs who thought he'd take advantage of my "Hallheimer's" and might be able to convince me I hadn't given him his "go to bed treat."

Before the sun rose today I went to the back deck to find the temperature in the late 50's or early 60's and I decided to enjoy the morning. The hummingbirds slept in a little later today. I was drinking a hot cup of coffee when they showed up for theirs. The old shutter guy detected a bit of discontent with the last submission of hummingbirds since I had left out many of the colorful ones. The Ruby-throated hummingbird is iridescent and is very difficult to photograph in bright sunlight. That red appears as every color of the rainbow except red in many instances. Since I enjoy taking hummingbird photos with a flash attachment, before sunrise, you will see many of them in this set of photos.

(If you can't see the slideshow, you can view it on Flickr here.)

Shortly after starting to take photos I noticed that the settings on the camera had been altered to the reflect manufacturer's defaults. Not only that, it became a bit frustrating to find the old camera had been made new in more ways than just parts. Updated firmware had been installed and a some of the screens don't appear as they did before the camera took its trek across the fruited plain and back. But, I now have a new old camera and the new-fangled glitzy ones with "mega-zillion" pixels doesn't look all that attractive any more. I even became unfaithful to my convalescing camera yesterday and stopped by the camera shop across the street from where I deliver my twice weekly tomato crop. I flirted with that camera, held it and then laid it aside as I owe my allegiance to the companion that is responsible for all the photos you've seen in the past four years, from this source.

If, by chance, there aren't enough hummingbird photos for you I took ten times as many as are enclosed and I'll share as many as you like. However, I have an idea this submission is a bit of an overkill.

The sole reason for these photos was to get my camera reset. I still have some tinkering to do but I'll get there, hopefully.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.