Hello Big Girl Camera

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I returned home from California late the other night, minus my one and only piece of luggage, Grrrr, and this shown here is what I was doing the next morning over coffee…Happily unpacking my new camera and not my suitcase.  Happy Late Birthday to me!

*My suitcase arrived via courier around 2pm with no excuse as to why it ditched me.  Said suitcase was not beat up in the least.  I can only guess it decided to have a look around O’Hare and missed our plane.

I’ve been having an excellent time this past week learning, well, relearning f-stops and shutter speeds and though I originally learned on Todd’s 35mm (film) Pentax K100o, I forgot more than I should have.  There are various new to me settings too on this new camera of mine.   I couldn’t be happier to be back in “control” over what I’m trying to screw up picture wise.

The two things I love the very most?

I love the low ISO settings.  The pictures it takes indoors without a flash…

Oh. My. Gosh!!!  Amazing.

And the shots I can get at night or in other low light situations…like the hockey arenas!  Whoo Hooo!!

I love the lens it came with too.  It’s versatile.  It goes from 18-105mm, which is, for those of you who don’t know, a wide angle to a bit of telephoto.   I have my eye on a few other lenses but I suspect if I had a camera bag full of choices that piece of glass would remain on my camera 90% of the time anyway.

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Two nights ago I ran around the farm/ranch or whatever we call it, chasing the light.  Least I wasn’t chasing cows…it was –4.

By the way, we don’t have cows/steers, I’m just sayin’.  Also, we don’t have them yet because well, we don’t have good enough fences yet.

These are snowmobile tracks in the north-east hay field, in case you were wondering, which you probably weren’t, but just in case you were.

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And just in case you really were wondering…All these photo’s are sharpened and then softened in Photoshop but I didn’t mess with the color much at all, maybe the contrast some.  It really was purple out, on the snow anyway.

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This one was taken on the same night as the above sunset shots.  I took the color out and made it a black and white.  And then I softened it.  I was doing some practice shots for a group I joined online called, MCP Project 52.  This week’s theme is “Soothing Repetition”.

I need more practice, this wasn’t coming out like I envisioned.  “We”, Jake and I that is, have till Friday to either get it right or move on and try for something else.

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Last weeks theme suggestion was “Shades of Gray”.  This was the first one I entered.  It’s of Todd and Jake snowmobiling in the front hay field under a full moon.

I joined the group late, as a lot of us have.  Not a biggie.  There is nothing to win, no prizes offered.  But what is offered is help and encouragement from other people who either take pictures as a hobby or professionally and I think that’s not only what I need but also pretty cool.

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And I think my new camera is pretty cool too, thanks husband. :)

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11 thoughts on “Hello Big Girl Camera

  1. As always really cool pictures. Yes in the beginning we were going what are those tracks. Sounds to me you are in a perfect group that you will really enjoy taking pictures and giving each other hints.

    Happy picture taking, I just know some day you are going to have photos for sale.

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  2. uh, wow! That looks like a lot of fun.

    There’s a big spot of bare wall above the couch in my living room. It needs a nice piece of artwork, photography perhaps. Better start shooting in high resolution so I can find something up to fill that spot. :) I prefer winter scenes….. Just saying.

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  3. Yippee!!! So exciting!!! And that’s so cool you are taking part in that project. Defnitely going to head over there and check it out as soon as we get some decent internet :-P.

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    1. Hey Cary,
      Soon as you get your internet issues fixed you should join in! Really.
      I’m still trying to come up w/this week’s picture. The theme is “Muse”.
      A little FYI too…get your picture submitted before Friday if you want a chance at being a featured Top Ten on their blog. I say this because a couple moderators live in different countries and it’s Friday for them before it is for us!

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  4. Ok First of all I have to say YAY you got your big girl camera :)!!! Second of all I can not believe the amazing shots you get!!! I wanna come learn from you :) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shades of gray pic!

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