Monday, July 25, 2011

It was a hot hot day in July....

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yesterday, and I decided to spend some time learning more about my DSLR camera, a Nikon D90,  which was a Christmas present from my better half (thanks again R!)

Although I did take it with me during our winter vacation this year, I hadn't thought far ahead and didn't have a proper case for it to take it with me during my daily walks.  Getting used to carrying a  larger camera again takes some planning, especially when wanting to have a tripod and an extra lens handy.   But more than that, I needed to get to know its many features and settings. 

But 'we'  (the camera and me) are really still strangers, even after spending an afternoon together. One thing I love to do is macro shots.  My little point and shot does this easily.  Not so with the SLR.  I ended up attaching my zoom lens and manually focusing looking through the viewfinder as opposed to the larger digital screen.  And even still, it was a guessing game.  The flash would pop up at times, sometimes the camera would autofocus, other times not.  I am still essentially LOST and while I am not guessing 100% of the time, any photo that ends up focused and crisp is more attributable to the camera having to 'take over' and think for me!
 Heirloom Knee High Sweet Pea

Blue Wishbone Flower

The First Raspberry

 Rusty Tussock Moth Larvae

Varigated Petunia

 More Heirloom Knee High Sweet Peas

 Best Friend - Mini

 "Hens and Chicks" Flowering


Jacqui said...

Really good pics! I think I need a camera like that!!

Kathy said...

By George you've got it!! Looks to me like you have the hang of it. Gorgeous photos! - Kathy

Terri Kahrs said...

I'm STILL getting acquainted with my DSLR!!! (I've got a Sony.) Sometimes it's just so much easier to grab my point and shoot, but when I have the time (which has been at a premium lately), I adore my Big camera -- the shots are always so crisp and wonderful. No photoshop necessary sometimes (other than a bit of cropping). Awwwww . . . . . technology! You're learning your new camera and I'm trying to learn my new sewing machine!!! In my case, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!!! Have fun!!! These shots are GREAT!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo