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Saturday, December 6, 2008

My New Camera + Art

I picked up my new (to me, used by someone else,) SLR camera the other day. It's a Canon EOS Digital Rebel 300D & it came will all kinds of extras. My current digital point & shoot's a Canon, too, so things are already slightly familiar. Of course, there are PLENTY of differences with this unit, so I've ordered an instructional DVD (which will certainly be as helpful as the one I'd purchased for my PowerShot.) Took a few shots out the backdoor today;





You don't realize how much you've missed a telephoto lens until you have one again. 4x optical zoom just ISN'T enough! I can already tell I'm going to love this camera, & I barely even know it's functions yet!

In other news, tomorrow I'll be selling my art (with others,) on the grounds of the Berkeley Gallery & Studio here in Abita Springs again, from 9am 'til 2pm. Stop by, say "hi" & take full advantage of my recession/holiday-slashed prices!

32 comments:

David Cranmer said...

Excellent photos. My wife and I are about to replace our little Nikon Coolpix with a nice SLR camera. I've heard the Canon E0S is a great choice. Enjoy your new toy!

Tom said...

Lana-

I'm very excited for you. Can't wait to see your photos evolve and change with the new camera. When I jumped to an SLR, everything changed. It is amazing how quickly you will learn. I look forward to seeing your pics.

Tom

photonz said...

Congrats on the camera, you chose a very capable machine. Of course you are the artist, not the camera. Get comfortable with it and you will find yourself expressing yourself in new ways.

Paul Grecian

Sidney said...

Great shot of the cardinal. The raccoon is a cousin to some of the ones that hang out behind my house, I think.

Charles Gramlich said...

I love the detail that you get with the new lenses.

Angie said...

It's really cool seeing the kinds of birds and animals other people see in their part of the country or world. The red bird's a cardinal, right? I've only ever seen pictures of them, and usually drawings. It's one of the many "common" birds I learned about in first and second grade but which don't live in my part of the country. [wry smile] I think all the lower-grade textbooks about that sort of thing (common birds, trees, flowers, what each season is like) are all alike and they just scatter them all over the country, regardless of whether they're appropriate to a given area.

Great pics!

Angie

Scott said...

Lana, great pics! I especially like the 'evil' raccoon.

J said...

WOOT for your new Canon digital camera, Lana!!! You have a telephoto lens!!! AWESOME!!! I hope to have one by next year at this time. :D

SUPER nature photos. :D I love your posts, dear.

Hugs, JJ

Theresa H. Hall said...

You must have a tree fort and you slip away to hide out and grab these wonderful photographs. Your subjects always look right at home in their element. You've got the wow factor!

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Whoops. I was logged in as Jeff again.

Hugs, JJ

Travis said...

Yup! Telephoto rocks!

Lisa said...

Oooh ooo ooooh! Incredible photos, Lana! Congrat's on your new camera, and the sales of your art!

I especially love the goldfinch (?) photo here . . . the light really makes it special.

Lana Gramlich said...

David & Tom; If it's possible, I think I've already fallen in love at first "click!"

Paul; Considering I'd purchased it sight unseen, without even knowing the details, I think I REALLY lucked out!

Sidney; Thanks. We have our own "mob" of raccoons here, actually (we throw out scraps, so we have mobs of various kinds, I think. *L*) One of them is very tolerant of us, but most of the rest are her young'ns, & they run at first sight. Love them all, though!

Charles; I sooooo missed a good SLR camera & telephoto lens. I'm going to be totally spoiled again (as if I weren't spoiled enough with the PowerShot!)

Angie; Thank you. Yes, the first & last shots are of cardinals, actually (the 1st one's a female.) They ARE pretty common throughout the country, but I do know a few people here & there that don't see them. Before Hurricane Gustav we had over 30 at a time. I suspect we'll have tons again next summer (all of the local birds bring their fledglings to our yard to teach them how to open sunflower seeds.) We used to joke about it being a "cardinal emporium" out here, but the hurricane seemed to have thrown things off a bit this year.

Scott; Thanks. Me, too! (Does a "red eye" removal tool work on yellows & greens? *L*)

J/JJ; Thanks, hon. I'm sure you're going to love your camera! They're so great now, with the digital! No more film hassles--HOORAY! (NP on posting as Jeff. I've got it now, so I'll know who J or JJ actually is. *L*)

Theresa; Thanks--that's so kind of you! I have a narrow window in the backdoor that acts as kind of a "blind." I've been considering moving some of the feeders around, as they're not all visible from my backdoor/blind. I don't want to disrupt the birds' feeding environment too much, either, though.

Travis; No more "telephoto envy" for ME! *LOL*

Lisa; Thanks. Yes...I like that photo, too. That's the 1st picture I've taken of the returning goldfinches so far this Winter. They're still just getting into town right now. I know I'll have lots of opportunities in the coming weeks! :)

Barbara Martin said...

Beautiful photos of the cardinals and the racoon. New cameras are always fun to experiment with.

Leon Basin said...

I love meeting new artists! How are you doing? You have some amazing photos.

roadgurl5 said...

The closeups are great! I'm using a Canon Powershot now it's hard to get that nice zoom shot. Hopefully I can upgrade someday. Good job!

Shauna Roberts said...

Great pictures! That's amazing you can get such a great night shot of the raccoon with the new camera. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures you take with the new camera.

Tabib said...

Hi Lana,
Congrats on you 'new' digital SLR - you will discover the whole new kind of photography with it.
I like this pic s series.

Chris Eldin said...

When I see photos like these, and others, on your blog, I am convinced you have a quiet, gentle presence. Telephoto or not, you do.

Steve Malley said...

Oooohhhh.... wants one!

ANd I voted for you, too. Now, to go get everyone I know to do the same!

Drowsey Monkey said...

Wow! Excellent photos! I wish our eyes had telephoto lenses ... well, you know like a camera, lol.

Lana Gramlich said...

Barbara; Thank you. Yes, I'm having fun playing with my new "toy." :)

Leon; I'm doing quite well, thanks. Nice to "meet" you, too. Glad you like my photos!

roadgurl5; I can sympathize...My digital point & shoot is a PowerShot A570 IS. A great little camera for general usage, but the digital zoom (past 4x,) is pretty useless.

Shauna; Thanks! Actually the raccoon was a late day shot. They're like mobsters around here & have no qualms about pilfering sunflower seeds even in the middle of the day.

Tabib; Thank you. I'm enjoying the camera fully!

Chris; Believe me, I wish I was one of those quiet, gentle presence people! I guess I have my moments (i.e.; birdwatching from the deck, etc.,) but in reality I have more of a goofy, laughing presence.

Steve; Thanks for the vote! I bet you'd love a camera like this. It's such a treat!

Drowsey; Thanks. Yes, telephoto eyes could be helpful. Especially for those of us who are wickedly nearsighted. *L*

roentarre said...

The cardinals are my favorite birds. Beautiful in deed!

Chrissy said...

Very nice........ :D
I love the phtotgraphs. I was using my 4x zoom at the weekend and getting frustrated. I know I need more...but I don't know how much more....I need to go reading. I love seeing the differences - I don't think there is anything you have posted here that is native to us...time to go and sort out my bird table. thanks for inspiration :-D

Let's Paint Nature said...

Have fun with the new toy!!! I can't for more pictures. :D

Lana Gramlich said...

roentarre; I love cardinals, too. No shortage of them here, usually!

Chrissy; Thanks & anytime! I'd ordered an instructional DVD for my PowerShot (from Amazon,) as well, & found it very helpful!

Chris; I'm totally loving it & haven't even left the house with it yet. *L*

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Lucky you with a new camera. I've just started looking for a new one in 2009.

Lana Gramlich said...

Nancy; Good luck with your search! Hope you get a great a deal as I did. :)

laughingwolf said...

grats on the new reb, lana :D

laughingwolf said...

oops...

a bud tells me the best prices he's found are with KEF camera in florida

Michelle (artscapes) said...

The cardinal looks engaged in conversation with you! They are bold..

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; This was a private deal through a friend's cousin. Trust me when I say I got a great deal!

Michelle; Around here they tend to be rather flighty. Fortunately I was well hidden behind the backdoor, with the telephoto lens on the camera. In reality the cardinal was roughly 25-30' away!

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