Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Much Needed Update

So it's been a while since I've posted any pictures. Since the last post, I've gotten a new camera (not so new, but new to me) - the Nikon D90. I always wanted it, but I just had to wait until it was completely outdated to buy it :) it originally retailed for over $1000 dollars for just the body, so as you can imagine how I might not have been able to afford it. For the ~$800 or so I spent on the D60 way back when, I could have just bought what I really needed in the first place: the D90 body and a 50mm 1.8D lens (only ~$100 more). It was a small jump money-wise, but a LEAP quality-wise. The D60 served me well and is capable of taking some great pictures, but I've grown since I bought it. I've grown into something better. Unfortunately, the D90 is the best I can afford - the D700 would have been fitting, I think. Anyway, back to the real matter: pictures. I've taken some better pictures recently in comparison to my old ones. One reason is that I've been assisting a wedding/portrait/...everything photographer who does great work. I've learned a lot in just a few months. Another reason is that I've been looking at a lot of pictures and portraits on flickr, reading a lot of articles, and watching tutorials on youtube. I also got a new lens: Nikon 17-55mm 2.8G - it's probably the best lens that is made for crop sensor cameras, probably aimed at pro and semi-pro photographers using the D300 and now the D7000. The 50mm 1.8 will still be my portrait lens until I can get a 70-200mm 2.8 or an 85mm 1.8G.

Now to the pictures. The page is only showing PART of the picture, so click on it to see the full picture.

 Please excuse the vignetting. I know it is cliche, but it seemed fitting at that moment. 

I've been shooting INTO the sun a lot, which is against *common* knowledge. Shooting into the sun is "in". 

The one above isn't my favorite, but other people seem to like it, so here it is.

I also experimented with a reverse lens mount as you can see by the picture above. Yes! macros shot INTO the sun. I like it. 

turns out that portraits are often great when shooting ....towards and sometimes into the sun if you like that kind of thing. In this situation, it lights up her hair quite nicely. 
I also recently took a walk down the tracks....again. 

On this one (above), I DO plan on going back with a tripod so that I can get a shot with greater depth of field, but this is what I have until then. 
I've also been working on portraits.

There you have it. This is what I've been up to. You should be impressed because it seems like I've had ZERO time to shoot, but yet I've taken a few decent shots. I know that some aren't optimal, but I feel like I'm a concert pianist who isn't allowed to practice, but is expected to perform. I have, in fact, offered to shoot family portraits (outdoors) for a bunch of friends for FREE, but not many have taken me up on that. I need more practice, people. One couple who I'm friends with accepted my offer, and it turned out well...or fairly well - this is why we practice :) if you'd like to see their family pictures or the pictures of a wedding I did spur-of-the moment, then head over to my facebook page (until I get a real page): 

until next time