The Last Gasp

This is the last image my venerable Canon 40D caught before it died.  

It's a funny thing how something so simple can be so beautiful, isn't it?  Just grass seeds.

These seeds are more than just seeds though.  These are your seeds.  

You see, my camera died.  With two avid photographers in the house, the one big thing that +kat Folland and I did together was gone.  Photography got us through cancer.  It got us through going broke.  Good times, bad times, it was always there for us - that key common interest that we could - and do - spend a lot of our time doing, talking about, sharing, etc.   And then one day, after this shot in the back yard....nothing.  It's pretty difficult to go shooting together with one camera after all.  Sure I could (and did) borrow hers, but it's not like I could take it with me 24/7 like I'm wont to do.  Pretty much a photographer's worst fear...

So, out of desperation, I posted here, hoping to sell a couple of prints and scrape together the repair costs - and I didn't know what that was going to be.  The estimate was anywhere from $200-$700 - and in any case pretty far out of budget for a while.

Out of that, G+ (and a few people on FB) was awesome.  _Way_ more awesome than I could have hoped.  Between print sales and outright donations, I was able to get a used camera before one of my best G+ friends comes to California next weekend.  I was able to get my 40D repaired to give to +kat Folland.  And, more....

This is where those seeds come in.  I got more than I needed.  The only thing I can do is pay it forward.

So, here's where we are today.  +Steven Ullenius donated a Canon 40D that needed a shutter repair before I even knew the fate of mine.  I've been able to get that fixed as well.  This leaves me with a 40D body and a 20D body that we don't need.

Time to sow some seeds.

I know an excellent photographer, +Lisa Borel who shoots film - and she's really good at it - but due to circumstances can't make the digital jump.  I'd hate to see her give up film entirely because her darkroom skills are awesome.  But, I want her to share here more.

My good friend +Mike Spinak knows a young budding photographer in the Czech Republic that has some family issues, and has lost her P&S - her only outlet to the world.

So, this is what's happening.  +Lisa Borel is getting a 40D and +Mike Spinak's friend is getting a 20D.  At this point, though, I really only have camera bodies.  I can spare a battery or two, possibly one CF card, and one battery charger.  +J. Rae Chipera and +Kelly-Shane Fuller were kind enough to dig through their closets and find a couple of lenses that need to be repaired, but it's a start.

I could use a couple of Canon EF or EF-S lenses.  I think +Lisa Borel could do some wonderful things with one of those 50mm/1.8s.  +Mike Spinak's friend loves wildlife photography, and could use something longer.  +Kelly-Shane Fuller's donation is a Sigma 28-300 which would do great for the latter.  Once I get it repaired.

So if you have a lens you don't use anymore that you can give to a good to a good cause, I'll take it.  I can probably even scrape together shipping.

Any proceeds from print sales between now and the end of the month from (I may extend that a week or two) are going to this project.

You can read about +Mike Spinak's original post to help his friend here: and he's specifically wanting give out this awesome sea lion print to anyone that will help him help her.

So, we're paying it forward, but could use some help to make it something spectacular.  We're sowing seeds, but could use some help planting them.
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+Larry Maxwell my selection is still a bit limited, but everything is ready-to-hang.

Feel free to tell your friends, too :)  This is all about making G+ stronger.  None of us are making a penny off this.
its all good. everything always touches some one.
now its time to take your camera in for some fixin :P
So awesome, +Olav Folland. This fills my heart and makes it overflow. You are one of a kind. :)
heh, I just found the lens off my now defunct camera while looking at this.
few years ago I bought a 300D off some one and it died 2 years later. I still have the lens apparently. :P
kinda pisses me off since when i opened it up, it was really corroded and I did not take it anywhere that could have done that.
I think it was like how mold grows. It was not a perfect camera had it quirks but I think those pre existing quirks grew into its eventual death..

If i had know this, the camera would have lived in a bucket of rice for a month.
Oh, this is so wonderful of you! I wish I had something to give, but I believe you know my situation (dying camera, kit lens, unemployed). I will share though, and hopefully someone I know can help!
+Mike Wood that's really odd - or just terrible.  I can't decide which :/

Cool +J. Rae Chipera I didn't know there were two :)  I'd still like to get the filter unstuck though, if I can.  But, either way, that's awesome!

Thank you +Francis Gorrez!

+Sharon Strandskov I don't, honestly.  I miss too many things sometimes :(  But, shares help.  Hopefully someone knows someone that knows someone, right?

I've tapped the last of my non-existent savings to make this happen.  Everything really means a lot.

+Lisa Borel this is why I <3 you, and why you were chosen.

+Pini Gold thanks so much.
This...this is good. Nice work +Olav Folland 
The ripples have begun. Hopefully they will continue. But if they don't, this is still cool.
+Olav Folland, you mentioned that you had 1 battery charger - I'd love to offer up a 2nd one. I've got 2 right now, and on Monday I'll have 3 when my 40D shows up. If it's still needed just let me know where to send it.
As generous as you have been to me and others, as wonderful as this community has been to me, how could I not help seed this.  I don't have much, but what I do have went for beauty and compassion and understanding.  You are a gem, Olav...
+Steven Ullenius I can't thank you enough for making this possible too.  And things will happen.  I can feel it.  The community here is awesome.

+Craig Pifer I could definitely use it.  I didn't realize the 60D has a different battery than the 20D/40D.  I'd counted on that to be able to send out two.

PM me when you're ready for my address.  If you need help with shipping, let me know that too.

+Lee Daniels you really, really, really didn't need to do that.  I already owe you a couple of prints for all that you do here.
Umm... I have 8 x 10's... if 11 x 14 is too big. Just need to find them...
You are so awesome, +Olav Folland! This is how the Universe is supposed to work and it just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!
I think I will re-group in the am. I need to re-claim my bed from the print invasion. +Olav Folland 
That's OK that you upgraded Kat –– you're paying it forward. It ALL good! :o)
+Robin Griggs Wood before things went all to shit this year, our entire plan was to upgrade me and give her my camera.  Didn't exactly work out, but I just had to do that.  I think it's made her year.
I really really really did need to do this.  Not about me.  Not about you.  Its about this community and the help we get and can give.  We've both been blessed and paying it forward is the only thing to do when there are no more words for the endless gratitude we feel.  Pass it on.  You've earned big Karma points and undying admiration.
Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity, +Olav Folland (and +Steven Ullenius, and everyone else, too). My friend will benefit greatly from this, and I am thrilled for her.

Any proceeds from print sales between now and the end of the month from -

- are going to the project.

For this project, these pictures will be available through the end of the month for $40 each.

Thank you all for your consideration.

P.S. Also, I want to clarify that my young Czech friend likes all kinds of nature photography, so any focal lengths would be useful for her.

P.P.S. Also, I want to clarify that I'll teach her nature photography, so she can use this gear to the fullest.
<3 <3 <3 Thats how its done Olav,color me impressed and very touched! Taking the extra and paying it forward instead of keeping it to ones sekf, you have no idea how that simple notion fills me with joy :-)
I'll get that lens out to you this weekend Olav. I've also discovered that if you cover the contacts on the lens it can be operated manually too, so even without repair its somewhat working.
+Olav Folland even if its the right thing ,people don't do the right thing many times,that you have gives me even more respect for you than I already had,cheers :)
I have a few old EOS lenses that came with my used "film" cameras. They are optically sound, a Tamron 24-70 3.3-5.8 or a 28-90mm 1:4-5/6 III, They are just chillin in my closet on my film bodies. They are nothing special, but they work! Please let me know if you don't get better offers in that zoom range. As, I'd rather see better glass going with these bodies. 
No, they have AF! :) They are EOS lenses. :) 
They work perfectly fine on my 7D and my 5dm2, they just are not fast primes or 2.8 zooms. 
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