Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Dorky Photographer

I decided a little over a year ago that I'd like to get into photography. I talked about getting a Digital SLR with my wife for a family Christmas gift, but it didn't end up happening. I put it off in my mind for a while, but it came back again. So, this year, I bought myself a camera with our tax refund. Here's what I'm starting out with:
  • Canon Rebel XTi
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens
  • Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro lens
I'll be using this blog to document my progress as I learn how to use my camera to take better photos. I'm sure it won't be long before my wife and kids get annoyed with me hovering over their shoulders taking pictures of everything they do.

I will also use this blog to document using Linux and Open Source tools. I will share some of the things I learn as I use these tools that are generously offered up by the community of open source developers.

Here are a few shots I have taken in the last few days with it.

I went to Tinker Falls near Labrador Hollow last night, on my way home from work. I took a ton of pictures, but only a few turned out nice. I'll be making another trip there in the near future when the sun is out a little more. When I was about to take one of the last few shots, I saw in the corner of my eye the little 'L' on the LCD display that indicates the picture quality. I fully intended from the very beginning, even before I had my camera in hand, to shoot in Raw+JPEG mode. I don't like the idea of losing all the information from the image sensor when shooting just JPEGs, even though the camera creates better JPEGs from the RAW images than I can right now. It would be nice to be able to go back to some of these photos in the future and do some more post processing work. Oh well.

I took these in my yard this morning before work.

I took this with the 'Nifty Fifty' lens the day I received my camera. It's my mom's Suzuki Savage.

I'm always open to critique on the photos I post.

1 comment:

Mrs. Dorky Musician said...

Great photos...even for a beginner. :) You've got the natural gift.