Playthings

My camera of choice, the one I use most of the time, has been the Canon PowerShot SX50-HS. I’ve gotten some decent captures with it over the years and I have no complaints. Our very first camera, however, was a Canon EOS Digital Rebel 300D. We purchased it in 2004 and later supplemented our tool bag with a 70-300 telephoto lens. After an eight week night class, taught by an old school film photographer (somewhat ignorant – as were we! – of the new digital technology), we enjoyed playing with the new camera and our ‘hunting expeditions’, driving rural country roads, was a fun activity for the two of us to do together on lazy weekend afternoons.

It wasn’t long, however, before I switched gears and opted instead for something a little more user friendly (read: basic point and shoot) and purchased a smaller pocketsize camera. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I stepped it up a bit and got the PowerShot. Occasionally, my husband and I would play with the Rebel, experimenting with night photography and using it for family photos. After our trip to Colorado last fall where the only camera I packed was the PowerShot, we realized an SLR camera (with a larger display screen and easier to manipulate buttons for my sometimes very arthritic hands) would provide us with more of what we wanted so we purchased a Canon 70D and, just yesterday, we became the proud owners of our first piece of ‘good glass’: a Canon 17-55 f/2.8 lens.

My husband’s worst fears are now coming to fruition for no longer am I content to (just) use our original Rebel with the kit lens it came with or the telephoto. Now that I’ve got a bit of a taste for the Caddy, the old Ford just won’t quite do – especially with the new 2.8 lens. Bill’s strength is his patience for mastering the technical aspects of photography (I’m workin’ on it!) while mine is composition and a more creative eye. So I’ll relinquish the 70D (soon enough) so he can figure it all out and then show me how it works.

For now, however, here’s a (very small) sampling of some of the photos I shot today. Lots to learn so nothing too special here but I’m having fun with the effort!

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