Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Questions About My Camera Type

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I have had several people ask the type of camera I am using, so I thought I would do a blog on my camera. Before I go any further, I enjoy and have a passion for taking nature photographs. I am learning and having fun learning about photography. I still have so much to learn, but also am having so much fun with it. It has become my hobby. The best thing about it, you no longer have to pay to have your film developed, so it makes learning easier and less costly.

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I purchased a Nikon D60 SLR with the basic 18-55 mm lens. I also purchased the 55-200 zoom lens that I use 90% of the time. I ordered a special lens that I use when I am in a stationary mode and it is a 100-500 zoom lens. This lens is a must for a tripod to steady the camera. When the item or the scene is too far away, this lens brings it in much closer. So when out in nature and you can’t get close to an animal, the lens is a great help in bringing it closer.

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I am lucky in my photography because I am just learning and many times I take a multitude of pics just to get one or two good ones. The camera does most of the work, and all I do is click the shutter button.

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My advice is to get a good SLR and a couple good lenses and go out there and have fun. Try different settings on the camera, but document the picture with the different settings you use. That will tell you what setting brings the result you are looking for.

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If I can learn some things about photography, anyone can. Go out, play and enjoy your camera.   There are many other bloggers out there who know a lot more than me about photography, so gather as many tips as possible and enjoy!

Make your vision come alive in your pictures.

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Thanks for all the positive comments you have given my pics, you are very kind with your words.  Again, for me, it’s just plain old fun.

22 comments:

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE ALL THOSE NATURE PHOTOS. Sorry for screaming but they are gorgeous!

Rick and Paulette said...

That's a real nice camera you have and you certainly know how to use it judging from all of your great photos!

Sue and Doug said...

thanks for the information on your camera..was always curious as to how you got those great shots!

Judy and Emma said...

Isn't it a lot of fun these days playing around with photography? Thank goodness for digital! I'm thinking about a 500mm lens. Need to save up a little more $$$. :)

Carol K said...

I appreciate knowing about your camera and how you have learned to take good pictures. What I like the most is learning about how you have taught yourself to take good pictures and how you have learned to have fun with it!

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

Having photography as a hobby is a huge asset in enabling the mind to see things in a way that a lot of other folks do not. Shapes, shadows & colors are just a few. After awhile the mind naturally sets itself in 'camera mode' 24/7. A passing butterfly, a cloud shadow cast on the side of a mountain, fire laden sunrises, smoky amber sunsets, soft lighting on a dew laden flower. It's all out there waiting for the photographer's eye & for those of us who have the 'camera bug' we are truly fortunate:))

Karen and Al said...

You are right about not having to pay for film developing. I know my photography improved greatly when I got my first digital camera. I wish I had one when I was doing so much underwater photography. I REALLY wasted a lot of film then. Love the butterfly pictures today!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Just one tip. I have found on my Canon, that when you display a picture and click on properties, all the info , such as what camera you used, exposure, shutter speed, lens opening, is all there even if its taken in the Auto mode. Great if you forget to document what you did and the picture turns out super. I was fortunate to have been sent to police photography schools for crime scene investigation many years ago when ebrything was basicly like manual transmissions, remember a light meter.Boy I love the digital age. Gerri your pictures are out standing, keep up the great work. Be safe out there, Sam & Donna.

Margie and Roger said...

Thanks for the info re: your camera. I hope to purchase a new one soon...and now you have me considering a more expensive one so I will have the option of better zoom lenses. Darn, your blog post is going to cost me $$$$$$. Love your nature close-up photos!

Rod and Connie said...

Rod and I bought ourselves a Nikon D90 for Christmas last year. We are still learning it and are enjoying every second of it.

Connie

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

Nice camera and great pictures thanks for the info.

Rod and Connie said...

Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing the type of equipment you use. Compared to you, Rick & Al I'm taking snapshots but I'm pedaling as fast as I can to catch up with y'all.
--Rod

pidge said...

Thanks for all the info and all the beautiful pictures. I love the butterfly shots. Stay safe.

Dennis and Donna said...

It's my belief that photography is like heroin to some of us....ya just gotta try it...and then you're hooked! We are due for a new camera..I am bookmarking this for McGuyver to read...Maybe he can loosten up his wallet...

Randy and Terry said...

Great photos! You're doing a fabulous job. :)

Carol K said...

Imagine my surprise when I read the November, 2010 issue of Motorhom Magazine last night. One of the featured articles was about Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, and FDR State Park. If I hadn't been following your blog, I would not have had any connection to that article. But through your blog and photos, I felt like I knew all about those places. Thanks for writing and photographing!

Phyllis said...

Nice hobby to have now - especially since don't have to spend money on film and developing.

~~Mike~~ said...

Hey Mike & Gerri, I really appreciate the info on your Camera and now that I know what it is, I am not surprised! I have used my Dad's D90 a few times with several of his different lens setups and loved it. I plan to upgrade to either that or the D60 before too long. Heidi and I use a much lower end Nikon now, a P80 which does okay for what it is, but we really wish we had just gone with an SLR back then instead of wasting the time and money on something less. We never realized how much we would enjoy digital photography...

You really do post some amazing pictures on this blog! Always enjoy seeing what you are up to!

-Mike & Heidi
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Wayne and Roberta said...

Gorgeous pictures!! You have done very well teaching yourself how to use your camera.

Cruzin2some said...

We always love the pics. Grteat job! You can't beat a Nikon.

Stay Safe

Wayne and Maureen said...

Nice photos from some nice people...your blog is so serene!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

You are so right about a lot of pictures to get a few good ones. I shot about 80 pictures the other day of white pelicans and saved about ten.

In my 20's I was lucky enough to take a course where Ansel Adams was lecturing. He mentioned that he would often take all day or several to get just the right two or three shots on the glass plates he was using. He would have loved the digital age.