Through a lens of wine and legos

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life35 Comments


The thing I love most about my new camera is that it makes me want to take pictures. Again. And I LOVE that feeling.


It makes me want to explore my house. Peer in on my almost teen-aged girl doing what is a pretty normal activity in the Zielske household: internetting.

Or it just makes me want to take shots where I say, "Hey, put your hat on your skirt and hold still."


It also makes me happy because even my offspring, knowing that Mom is stoked about the new camera will say something like, "MOM! Take a picture of my Lego Iwo Jima!"


Or, "MOM! Take a shot of the Miracle on the Hudson BEFORE the crash!" (including Harry Potter and a quasi Roman style emperor, in the front of the plane, and minus the roof, of course):


Or it just makes me look at my life through a lens of wine and legos, in general.


I'm so excited about taking pictures right now.

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And speaking of taking pictures, I'm listing my old Nikon D200 on eBay, along with three Nikkor lenses: a 50mm 1.8; an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6, and a 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 zoom lens. If you know anyone who might want to snag a deal, let them know.

You can find the auction here.

Have a great weekend.

Cathy ZielskeThrough a lens of wine and legos

35 Comments on “Through a lens of wine and legos”

  1. #1
    Jeannette P

    Love the Zielske everyday pics. Very cool. I find that with my new camera I’m pulling it out more often to take pics & it makes it oh so much fun. Can’t wait to see what else you discover in your house.

  2. #3

    i LOVE Miss A’s button: i am not girlfriend material! HA! i want it and i’m flipping married!!!

    i know the feeling about photolove…i’ve had a Rebel XSi for about four months now and all i want to do is snap away…heck, i’d even take a picture of my belly button, i love it so.

    the camera. not the belly button.

  3. #6
    Jeanne Pellerin

    Cathy, I wish that I was the one buying your D200, but I just bought a brand spankin new D90 (love it!!) and my husband would not understand my need for your old rig. I wouldn’t even shoot with it, probably. I’d just display it prominently on a shelf in my scraproom and think “Cathy Zielske touched this camera! It hung out in her house!” And that would be enough for me. πŸ™‚

  4. #7
    Monica Brown

    I bid on your D200…I have a D50 and a new baby on the way so it would be nice to upgrade. We’ll see how it goes! Thanks for sharing!


  5. #8
    chelsea a

    I love the new pictures. I went and started the bidding…although i’m sure I won’t get it, but it’s always nice to see busyness on your own auctions, right?

    oh! see? Outbid already.

    Happy weekend!

  6. #11
    Terri Porter

    Cathy, you are a brave girl going “cold turkey” and coming over to the dark side of Canon. I was a Minolta film camera girl — had all the lenses and equipment — and kept waiting for them to come out with a DSLR, but to no avail so I finally got the Canon Digital Rebel and all new lenses. I have not been sorry once. I absolutely LOVED this camera and recently got the 40D to replace it, but of course could still use all the lenses from the Rebel. To start over from scratch with all new equipment is a big step, but I think you’ll be very happy you did. All my friends who have Nikon wish they had a Canon. Signed, a DYL student and constant fan!

  7. #12

    My son is a Marine. I love the Iwo Jima…how many young boys would even THINK to recreate that!!!

  8. #13
    Nancy Hyland

    I loved those pics. I tried doing the project 365, and am doing ok, but I got my Nikon D60 for Christmas and I take pics all the time – is it bad that I took over 3000 pics in January alone?? Mind you not all of them were good, but its just so fun to try new angles and settings. I love it!!!

  9. #14
    Nina (UK)

    Is Dan wearing your orange sweater in that last shot, or is it standard uniform in the Zielske house?

  10. #16

    I just have to say I am enjoying your sons lego creations! They are awesome.

    Great pics and reflects too.

  11. #17

    Hi Cathy. Your son does an amazing job with Legos. I’m very impressed. Love the buttons on your daughter’s hat too. Too kewl.


  12. #18

    The first pic I took with my camera right out of the box was of my AMM tote. I still have it somewhere, it was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.

  13. #19
    Wendy R

    Love your photos! And congrats on becoming a Canon girl! I love my Canons. My wonderful hubby got me a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for my birthday a couple months ago and I love it!

    Thanks to the gal who posted the link to the lego blog. I can’t wait till my son gets home from school to show it to him.

    Enjoy your picture taking day!

  14. #20

    Love the Lego Iwo Jima! Cole is sooo clever! I would never have thought of that! I wonder if I should incorporate that into history classes…..


  15. #21

    Your new photos are great. what lens are using for them? my son and I love the lego creations too.

  16. #23
    shari (tigsnbitz)

    Cathy, I thought you took great shots before, but this camera takes REALLY great shots. Love the iwo jima…cole has your creativity. Also love the wine everyday shot. I think we might have to open a bottle with dinner tonight. πŸ™‚

  17. #24

    I gave up my Nikon D200 for a 40D last year and have NEVER looked back!! Love, Love, Love my Canon…just had to stop by and tell you that! hope you have a fabulous week.

    I think your kids are great btw! Love the Hudson Miracle and hat with buttons…

    ok back to work.

  18. #25
    lara jane

    I can’t believe you crossed over to the dark side! Hmph!

    Nikon Girl and Proud of It. πŸ™‚

    I probably shouldn’t tell my hubby about your auction. He’s been wanting a 200 since before they came out.

  19. #26

    First–congrats on crossing to the dark side. I did it two years ago and haven’t regretted it.
    Second–love the photos, and Aidan’s skirt.
    Third–I thought of you when someone linked me to the URL I listed as my URL (it’s not mine). I think you have at least 1000 true fans, and I’m one of ’em.
    Thanks for keeping it real. And espousing good grammar. And typesetting.

  20. #27
    Maria Hammon

    Yay, so excited to see you taking a ton of pictures! Isn’t it the most fun, ever? πŸ˜€

  21. #29

    Love your photos! Love that you’re excited about taking pictures again. Good luck selling your Nikon equipment. πŸ™‚

  22. #31

    Love the photo of Dan. Focus on the wine bottle and him in the background working. Awesome! I’m a Canon girl myself and I’m happy to hear you are enjoying it!

  23. #32
    Susan W.

    Your Cole is just SO amazing!! Those are great Lego creations. Love your new camera. I can’t afford one so please keep taking pictures so I can live vicariously through you. πŸ™‚

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