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In My Opinion...
Digital Photography Offers a New Choice
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 • Posted January 7, 2009

Shortly after my great-niece was born, I gave Leslie & Travis, and Connie & Randy, digital photo frames for gifts. A year ago, I gave Daddy one as a Christmas gift.

I helped all of them load up pictures, worked with them on the settings, and explained how to add and delete pictures in the future. Everyone was very pleased with their new "toys."

This Christmas, Sean & Terri gave me a digital photo frame as a gift. I am now an addict!

I had a 2 gigabyte card which I loaded up with over 400 photos. I went through images from family gatherings, parties, outings, etc. I then spent time cropping the photos to better fit the frame (this new frame is wide screen, so most of the photos needed to be trimmed to show more fully).

I then cleared a space on a side area of my desk so that I would be able to see the photos. Each one displays for about 10 seconds before transitioning to the next. Randomly. Sometimes, it almost seems as if there is a pattern, then something pops up that I didn't expect.

There's Wendy and I at a Halloween part almost five years ago.

Then, Connie passing out Christmas gifts only two weeks ago.

An old black and white photo of my parents in 1953.

A landscape of the mountains out at Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.

The Mason County Courthouse.

Terri Reardon holding up a bass caught over at the tank.

Class members on board the Roundup float at this last year's Roundup parade.

The images pop up, then fade away; but, each one provokes a response. I remember the day it was taken. I can almost hear the laughter as the flash goes off.

There's the Standard family in kayaks on the Llano River.

Daddy with Leslie, Dewey and Lilly.

Memories brought to life by a simple electronic gadget.

There will always be photos that are deserving of a permanent frame, and a favored spot on the mantle or the desk. There will be photo albums dragged out at New Year's parties where we all laugh at how much we've aged. But, the digital age provides a chance to make those memories an ongoing part of our daily lives.

The frames have gotten less expensive and larger, and the technology better. The pictures are crisp and sharp, and the color bright. You can now hang the frames on the wall and have a slideshow going all the time. No making guests sit through your vacation photos; instead, they can see the photos while they visit with you and ask questions when they see something that interests them.

Everyone already knows that I'm a technology nerd, and that I love gadgets; but, I don't usually expect others to be as excited about those gizmos as I am. Until now.

If you still need to find a gift for someone, consider a digital photo frame this year. Then, put together a collection of photos that will be special and unique, and put those onto a digital card. They can swap out cards that contain family photos, vacation shots, birthday parties and weddings.

And you, like me, can find yourself reliving some of the best moments of my life while I watch the images go by out of the corner of my eye.

Hmmmmm,,,, that one probably shouldn't be in there. A little too revealing and silly! Oh well, it only lasted 10 seconds, so I'll let it go.

It’s all just my opinion, but it’s what I wish would happen.

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