Sunday, October 23, 2011

I love my new camera!

I simply LOVE taking photos. I took my first photography class in high school and I really enjoyed it. At that time it was all traditional photography with the rolls of film, the dark room, chemical baths, etc. I took my next class in college. As an Illustration major, the importance taking reference photos was frequently stressed. It was still film at that time and I got a Pentax K1000 for the job! I loved my Pentax! Still do, actually, though film isn't very practical anymore so it's been mostly collecting dust for the past 10 or so years while I've gone through a few small point and shoot digital cameras.

While point and shoots do a good job for the most part and have gotten more and more convenient to carry size-wise, I have been longing for a dSLR for quite a while and I finally got one this summer! I narrowed my search down to two cameras, a Nikon d7000 and a Canon 60D. I finally settled on the Canon and I love it! I also love my Tamron 18-270 lens which some may argue doesn't have the quality as shorter focal length lenses, I simply love the convenience of only having to lug around one lens. Also, it fits quite nicely in my snug form fitting case so when I'm playing the tourist I don't need to heft around a camera bag!

Canon 60D with Tamron 18-270 lens and my Mickey Mouse strap purchased at Disney for my Pentax back when I was in college.

LOVE this case by USA Gear which I found on Amazon! It has a small zipper section on the back for carrying things, I use it for money, license, etc though I think it's meant for extra memory cards and such.

This is a photo from Canon's site. One big reason I picked this camera over the Nikon is that flip out screen, on the left, which can be closed with the screen facing inward to protect it. I have screen protectors on everything I own and this feature allowed me to not have to worry about this one. I couldn't be more happy with it!

Here are a couple of my favorites from a trip to a winery a few weeks ago. I will very likely be painting from a few of these.

Very funny and frisky cat at the winery

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  1. Looks like you got yourself a great camera. my daughter and two younger sisters and the camera pros so I depend on them to keep me stocked in photos, I just don't have the gift of getting those great shots. Love the ones you took from the winery, looking forward to seeing what you decide to paint.

  2. Des photos qui me remplissent de joie... Celle du verre de vin, de l'abeille, et de la cloche me plaisent beaucoup.
    Gros bisous

  3. This is amazing. I have been wanting to do the exact same thing, and I still have my (broken) Pentax K1000 from high school. I was recently thinking about getting a dSLR and wondering what kind to wish for. Question answered! Thanks for your post, and I look forward to more of your photos! :)

  4. Gorgeous photos, though the bell and the grapes are especially appealing to my sense of aesthetics. My husband has a Canon model, an earlier version of the one you have. He loves it too.