Look who’s playing the camera-happy tourist! Me! I haven’t owned a camera since my Girl Scout days — you know, back when we shot with black-and-white film not because it was artsy but because that’s basically all there was. If we shot indoors, we had to insert a flash bulb (after wetting it with our tongues) that was good for one use — if it fired at all. Back then, we mailed our monochrome film off to a film processing center in Oklahoma, anticipating with equal parts excitement and dread what we’d see when the processed photos returned a few weeks later. I stopped taking photos, in part because I couldn’t stand the disappointment of “missing the shot.” Back in the day, we didn’t have preview panels that helped us make sure we got the shot we wanted. No, we just pushed the button and hoped for the best. I imagine that’s where my generation’s habit of taking three or four shots of the same thing “just to make sure we got it” came from. Anyway, I bought a new camera now that they’re simple enough for me to operate. That preview panel will take some getting used to — I keep putting it up against my eye to take a shot! Move over, Ansel Adams. Tourist season is here! Click! Click! Click! Let’s keep our city — and our famous Southern hospitality — picture-perfect for our guests.
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