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13 September 2010 @ 07:56 pm
New toy!  
 It came, it came!

My new camera, if course.  :)

I couldn't resist taking it around my house trying things out. My first thirty or so shots were completely useless, but I started getting the hang of some things once I figured out how to change the aperture. 
 
I don't think these are great photos, but they're the best of the sixty or so shots I took tonight. The first was a close up of my sleeping cat (the only time he holds still long enough for photos). Aperture was set at 2.0 as the room had very bad lighting, and dusk meant little was coming in through the window. I was surprised; this looked lighter in the photo than reality. Also, this is the first picture I've ever taken of him that actually showed the cream colored nimbus his fur has. He's a bengal cat who started out a "snow bengal" all white, and as he grew up, his fur darkened, but the tips all stayed very light. No point-and-shoot photo I've ever taken has even hinted at that.



 

 Next up is are some close ups I tried with some of our flowers and the bees who love them. Not macro. My extension tubes haven't arrived yet. But I wanted to see what it could do w/just the 50mm lens. Again, this was at dusk. The sun was setting, light was not good. This photo was at aperture 4.0. I think it looks too bright, as when the brightness and contrast is photoshop is turned way to high. (Note: the only thing I did to these in ps was crop them. I wanted an accurate representation of what the camera actually took.)

 

 And this one was with it set all the way to 8.0, thus turning out much darker. This photo made me wish I knew more about what I was doing. I really liked idea of capturing the bee in flight, but he's not in focus. Only the flowers are. Still, I kept coming back to it when I browsed through my photos, so I must like something about it.

  

Aperture, FYI, is a number that refers to how much light the lens can allow in - the larger the number, the less light.  Or something like that.  I'm still learning all the lingo and what it means!
 

 
 
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"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on September 14th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Very pretty - especially for just fooling about.
Miss Crankypants: Being Human Mitchell and George Facesaka_paloma on September 14th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
I love the colours in the last pic. And what a super handsome kitty.
Elle: Stock - bed&teddyquiet_elle on September 14th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
these are great pics :) i'm so pleased you got a camera you love :)