|Saw this gorgeous grasshopper this weekend. It's wonderful to really SEE him!|
The time had come. Enough of this point-and-shoot biz. With two lil' beauties who change so much every day, and my inner ar-teeeeeest beckoning, we decided it was time to take the plunge and invest in a snazzy SLR camera.
|I think I'm asking for picture frames for Christmas this year.|
So here she is. Ain't she purdy? Total bummer I couldn't use THIS camera to take pics of, um, THIS camera. It's almost painful for me to use anything else to shoot photos at this point.
|She's so lovely.|
But before you get too enamored, there are three, only three, downsides to owning one of these babies.
1. Unless you're fortunate enough to make me jealous, the cost of a Nikon D-5100 is no joke. Don't get me wrong, it is undoubtedly worth every penny, but you probably shouldn't consider a camera like this unless you're serious about photography, about challenging yourself to experiment with settings and aperture, and about taking very good care of your things. This is not a camera for someone who is accident prone. I mean, we're dealing with a seriously impressive piece of equipment here, so it needs to be treated with care. No tossing it across the room so your buddy can take a quick shot of Justin Beiber, you know?
2. If you're used to using a small, portable, point-and-shoot camera or your cell phone's camera to capture your memories, you might have a hard time adjusting to a beast like this. This camera is divine, but it is heavy and bulky. I carry this beautiful baby with me whenever I feel a photo op is in the air, but it can definitely be cumbersome and awkward on long hikes or if I'm trying to multitask. Also, when I have the strap around my neck with the camera dangling around my belly, if I lean over and one of my kids or my beastly dog is in the way, well...momentum takes over and plows the cam into their heads. Ish. Remember to always keep your lens cap on when not shooting photos or you might end up with nose prints on the glass.
|Our Beast-Dog, lookin' sharp.|
3. You will NEVER be able to stomach using any other camera again. Every time you see something inspiring, you'll die a little inside if you don't have access to this equipment.
|Here you can see the lens the camera came with|
|AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 lens|
|Camera with no lens. She's waiting for the 50mm. She's no fool.|
|AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G|
|Ready to go.|
|Easy to use the controls with a little practice|
And what scintillating photographs you will take...
|Who knew the flowers on our deck could be so intriguing!|
|This sneaky seagull was scoping out my daughter's pizza. Look at the curvature in that wing. Man.|
|Check out THAT dude. Gads.|
Typically, when I'm snapping pics, I use the "no flash" setting or, if it's not too bright, I play with the aperture to create striking visual effect with a close subject.
|Now I'm a DOG person, but I love this shot, too. Notice how the background is blurred. Here, I was playing with the camera's aperture in the "A" setting on the control panel.|
|This camera makes even my boring BREAKFAST look amazing!|
Happy shopping! Christmas is right around the corner. I hope you've been REALLY good…
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours