Saturday 1495 – 3rd December 2011
At the end of my last post I alluded to a more serious tone this week and I do have something in mind but it will have to wait because today was far too joyous for me to dwell on serious matters.
My new camera arrived during the week ( Yippee!) . It’s a NikonD5100 bought with just the standard 18-55mm lens and today was my first opportunity to really try it out so off I went this morning and ended up staying out for nearly 5 hours! The keen amateur photographers amongst you, and indeed the professional photographers too, will know how time can just melt away when you have found interesting things to photograph.
So here are my first photos and they’re pretty much all point and shoot ones, testing what the camera could do. I wanted to see how close I could get to a subject and likewise how near I could bring something in the distance. I can see that I have a lot to learn about my new camera to get the best out of it so bear with me while I’m learning 🙂 I also have to decide on which lenses to buy. I couldn’t get close enough to some subjects for my liking ( take the ladybird for example) so definitely a macro as I always enjoy close up work. I also found I couldn’t bring things in the distance close enough so a telephoto too. Hmmm, now which ones? I don’t want lenses that are too heavy…being a poor weak female ( yeah right!! ) Any of you have advice on this? It would be most welcome if you do.
You’ll find a mix of subjects here which reflects just what caught my eye today ( eyes are featured!) – starting with a wind turbine, an Orchard, my cat, birds of prey at a farmers market – take a look at the big eyes of one of them…it didn’t blink at all and had that permanent scared expression, with another that’s blurred as I wanted to give a sense of how fast the bird moved it’s head, and their deadly claws. The local towns memorial to the war dead and finally a garden centre with fish, faces, plants and as always water and light. I decided to leave the tarantula photograph out for fear of scaring the life out of anyone !
Thanks to the 2 garden centre workers who were dressed as elves ( poor things!) for being good sports and allowing me to take a quick snap. All in all I had a great time and even forgot how cold it was.
So that’s enough talking, for once I’m not going to say too much ( make the most of it because it doesn’t happen too often !) but will leave you to take a look at these first attempts . The order is mostly random but you will see that some naturally and poignantly follow others..
Different things make different people happy. I said in my very first post that I am rarely happier than when I have a camera in my hand. It’s important to recognise what makes you happy in your life as well as what doesn’t. When are you happiest?
Saturday Girl ( how long can I get away with the girl tag I wonder !) signing off.. definitely something serious next week with photos of course 😉