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8. October 2011 16:02
by Jobo

Happy Thanksgiving All :)

8. October 2011 16:02 by Jobo | 0 Comments

It's definitely Fall now here on P.E.I.  The leaves are starting to change every so slowly, and the grass is turning that shade of olive green.  The weather has been awesome the last little bit though... despite a couple of cooler days and some rain/wind leftover from some tropical storms we've had a very warm September and now October.  Today the sky is clear and blue, and though crisp, it's still plenty warm for playing outside.  Since I'm trying to learn how to use my new camera, I went out for a little bit of a scenery-hunt and played around taking some photographs outside.  I still have to learn to use the macro part, and try some knitting close-up shots, but maybe I'll try that later this afternoon.  In case anyone is curious - we decided on the Nikon d7000 as a bit of an investment for when the baby comes, but also so I can take better crafty photographs when I decide to do more knit designing and publishing.  This Bad Boy will also take HD Video, and has a bunch of settings to take better pet and child photographs (i.e. multiple captures per second settings, and other goodies)

emyvale sheep oct 8 2011 

First I found Sheep... what breed, I'm not sure, out in a field in Emyvale... just grazing and looking disinterested :)  For some reason I always find this a calming sight when I drive through that area on the way to Mom and Dad's place.  There's just something natural and peaceful about sheep just hanging out in a field.  They never look like they are in a rush, just munching away on the hay and grass.  Sadly they were mostly all turned away from me, so all I got was sheepy butts.  I'm really liking the extra detail to the photos - my old camera was 7 megapixels... but this one is 16!  So. much. more. detail.

Ruttiger Oct 8 2011 2

Speaking of munchy little creatures... I think Ruttiger is already tired of Mommy sticking the new camera in his face!  He was my patient and ever loving model last night when I was trying to figure out the basics of the Auto Focus and "Pet Photography" settings.  Apparently the Pet Photo setting is supposed to have a fast shutter rate, so as to capture crisp photos of a squirmy fur-baby.  I am really pleased with the way that the new camera captures details like fur.  I found it was difficult to take photos of Ruttiger that would show is eyes and the details of his floofy little face. (Since everybody knows, the floof is the best part!)  but even after only a few snaps I seem to be able to get nice clear images of the little guy.  This one really shows his kind eyes, even though there is fur hanging over them :)

Brookfield Hay Bales 2 Oct 8 2011

Also in my travels, I stopped along the side of the road for a nice field filled with hay bales out in Brookfield.  I know it's a cliché type of photo location... but hey, gotta learn somehow right?  I tried to photograph the scene with both the bale and the tree in focus, and then with one or the other in focus with the manual settings.  Overall, not that complicated... though I wish I had brought along the telephoto lens too.  I just had the more basic one.  It will be interesting to see what the differences are when I try to play with the other one. 

Brookfield Hay Bales Oct 8 2011 

And another bale... with some brush and trees.  I know, really exciting stuff!  It was interesting to play with the settings though and bring one part or the other into focus.  I used to find with my old point-and-shoot Sony that it was really hit or miss as to which part of the photo would be clear... so I like having the ability to manipulate more of the image.  Before, I'd just shoot and hope for the best, sometimes capturing what I wanted, and other times not so much.  I'd like to go to a brook or waterfall sometime and play with the shutter speed and see if I can get that nice soft flowing water effect that you see in professional photos.  Something else that's interesting - I haven't altered the color or hue of any of these photos.  I found I was constantly having to do that with the old Sony.  It was like the colors just wouldn't capture accurately, especially of ocean/water shots.  I can't wait to try those out and see what the new Nikon can do :)

Hope you all enjoy Turkey Day - Happy Thanksgiving to all :)

5. October 2011 12:43
by Jobo

Still here... just hiding out!

5. October 2011 12:43 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Hi Folks,

I'm still around... still knitting... and still hiding out waiting for the little Jellybean to make an official appearance.  The lack of working camera has seriously been killing my Blogging Mojo lately!  I've been making all kinds of things, and working on baby goodies, but somehow it doesn't seem right to just describe them to you when there aren't bright happy clear photos to go along with the writeup in the end.

Well - I ordered a new camera MONDAY.  Apparently the extra awesome shipping confirmation says that the camera should be here TOMORROW!  This means that hopefully on the weekend (pending the learning period and reading the new users manual... which I will most likely require, in detail) I should be able to start photographing some fun things over the weekend!  This is exciting news to me... on so many levels!  Hubby and I decided on buying a Nikon D7000 - for several reasons... including hi-def video and a bunch of other cool features.  Now I just need to learn how to use it when it gets here!

In the mean time... the baby is growing and doing well.  I can't believe I'm 29 weeks now... which means the baby will be coming very very soon!  I need to get that quilt finished, and a bunch of other projects, but mostly I think the Babe itself is my most wonderful and challenging "project" to date.  Momma is getting impatient to meet you, little Monster!

30. May 2011 08:53
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday... want to buy camera...

30. May 2011 08:53 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Hi Folks... since the weather has shifted here on PEI, I've been doing more playing outside in the garden than taking pretty knitty photographs... And Saturday I thought I would get out my Camera and at least try to take some decent shots - to no avail!  I think my 6 year old camera has finally thrown in the towel.  She will turn on, but the screen no longer shows an image, and nothing happens when you press the shutter button.  She has served me well, but sadly, serves no longer!

So I guess now I'll have to start looking for a newer, better device!  I'd like to stick to digital again (my Mom loves her film camera, but who has time for getting photos developed nowadays?) and I'd like something with a well rounded skill-set.  Of course I take a lot of photos of macro-type items, fine details, close-up... but I also use this camera for vacation photos, family events, and general sillyness photos.  Size used to be an important factor for me, but I don't think it will be as important this time.  The last camera was bought when I was still a student, and wanted to be able to fit it inside a purse of some sort.  Now I think I would be willing to sacrifice some of the convenience factors for some extra features (like extra attachable parts, etc)

So the hunt begins... Do you have a camera that you Love?  


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