And it’s obvious that you’re dying, dying

Just living proof that the camera’s lying!

So, following on from my post on Friday, I mentioned I had bought a new digital SLR. For those not following closely, photography is a passion that has dominated my 20’s. I’ve used various bits of kit and pieced together bits and pieces but never actually owned my own camera. I’ve never seen the point in owning a compact for myself and I’ve never had the money to buy an SLR. Until now!

Of course, I’m working on the concept of abundance to pay off my credit card!!

Over the last year or so, I’ve been using the missus’ camera. A really snazzy Canon Powershot A590:

It’s been a surprising little beauty. The macro is good, the reaction to low light is impressive and the speed is top notch for a compact. As you’ve probably seen from previous posts it’s produced some rather good pictures.

But now is the time to move on. I went out and bought myself a Nikon D5000 for my birthday. I’ve been geeking up on it for the last few months to make certain it’s the one I want. It so totally is!!

I love how small it is. It fits really quite snugly into my hands. It’s also very light. I believe one of the lightest of its peers.

So, how about using it?

Hmmm…well actual photography techniques aside, it’s really very easy. If you’ve used any compact that has the program dial with MASP on it then you can pretty much just jump in and get going. The auto mode is very good and doesn’t just dish out bland photos. Stick it in scene mode and it becomes very interesting. It looks like Nikon have really made an effort here to cover plenty of scenarios. Instantly for my main usage there’s indoor, pets, vivid, food and flowers. Looking forward to trying some night photography with it too.

The LCD screen on the back is nice and large and quick for zooming in and checking the finer details of an image. It also rotates in almost every direction which is super handy for high sunshine shooting.

Picture quality, this is good. My best test of a camera is to take a picture then stick it straight into your photo editor and run an auto levels on it. If there’s no change, you’re on to a winner. I’ve seen some truly awful results using this method. The camera does RAW shooting and combined RAW and JPEG shooting. JPEG’s on high quality come in around 6 Meg though! Ouch! I’m going to cane this memory card!

The packaged lens is the 18-55 VR DX. I’m a big fan of Nikon lenses. There is nothing better. I just wish I could afford them for every lens I want. I really wanted the Nikon 105mm macro but I don’t get paid nearly enough so have settled for the Tamron 70-300 macro. It macros at 180-300 and is actually pretty good. There’s a bit of camera shake and blur on some of the first images I took but using a tripod I got much better results. Plus it’s dual use as a telephoto which might be handy.

I got a good deal with all that in the end and got a case, memory card and some other stuff. Came to a nice sum of £777! Happy Birthday me right?!

I’ve used it for a couple of days now, had a good session today trying out different things. Most of it is being saved for upcoming Wordless Wednesdays but here’s a sneak peek of some of my favourites from today and yesterday.

Mr. Park looking beautiful as ever.

Miss Aurora. It took 17 shots to get this. She’s so fidgety!

An amazing orange flower in the garden. Looks like lava!

A nice purpley/pink flower. This is part of a cool sequence I have planned for this week.

So that’s it for now. I’m back at work tomorrow but I’m hoping to spend some of the evenings out and about while we still have good light. For the winter, I’m going to get me a studio kit and spend a lot of time fine tuning my macro skills and working on night photography. I’ll also be doing a course to really push my skills to new levels.

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