Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New Toy!

I decided a few days ago that it might be prudent to buy a new digital camera rather than try and stuff all the souvenirs in Poland, Vienna, Prague & Germany into my suitcase. A picture is worth a thousand knick-knacks, or something like that.

Despite the quality of most of the photos I post on the blog, I actually love photography. As a teenager, I usually had my manual SLR strapped to me constanltly and as an an adult I've often enjoyed playing around w/my SLR and have taken some nice photos if I do say so myself. I still have a clunky SLR which has to be duct taped together to use, and I enjoy being able to manipulate the camera...play w/f-stops and shutter speeds, and lenses and whatnot. I've also always thought photos shot with a film camera have a quality that you just can't get from a digital camera. That is, until the advent of the digital SLR. Unfortunately, I don't have the dough required for a fancy scmancy digital SLR camera. I have SLR dreams on a point and shoot budget, er, make that on a disposable camera budget.

SO, I did my research, called my brother fifteen thousand times for his opinion on the matter and finally decided on a Canon A570 IS. It was as close to a digital SLR that I could find in my meager price range of not that much. The reviews on this camera were really good , and it's a model that came out about a year or so ago so the price was most definitely right! It is currently being clearanced at Sears...so I got a fantastic deal on it.

Yesterday I took a short walk in the yard and around the neighborhood...just playing around. Once I learn the settings and figure out the manual modes, I know I'm going to enjoy it immensely!

I was standing on the stoop, turned around, and there she was, staring at me! Took 3 photos, one normal(this one) and two using the digital zoom. The digital zoom was a little noisy...this is a cropped photo...our Easyshare would never have allowed me to crop a photo and keep any quality at all.A happy accident...
These were taken in the "auto" mode, as you can tell, was overcast and dreary yesterday morning.My house. Ha! Not really!I DID play w/the "foliage" mode and the Macro setting. Addicting! I want to macro everything I see!Can't wait to play more!

8 comments:

Shannon said...

I love macro shots! Have fun with your new camera. :)

Angie said...

I think the shot of the berries in my favorite! Congrats on the new camera!

Scott and Jackie Newman said...

Nice! :) 5 days 5 days!!!

The Shabby Princess said...

Oh!! I LOVE! I love! That macro setting does wonders--the berries are so pretty.

I still have a big ol film--and a point & shoot. I want a nice digital, but, my in laws bought me a film for Christmas (my dog ate my old film camera, I know, I know), so, I kind of have to use that one...

I love your pictures! I can't wait to see what you take in Europe!

Patty said...

Fantastic pictures, Kellie! I want to eat those berries.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Love all your photos. Glad you have a new toy before you go away. Not long now..... I hope you are getting your packing under way.

Monique said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like you're having fun with it! Have a great day Kellie!

Birdie said...

OOohhh! The Fence! The raspberries! My word! I'd love to hang those on my wall and I'm not exaggerating! Maybe we can hook up and you can send me them e-mail style!!??