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 touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Early Birthday Present

An early birthday present!!  My birthday is not until March 21st but since spring appears to be making its debut early this year, Mike didn't want me to be without a camera to capture the beauty of the season.                

My old faithful Sony point and shoot was about 8 or 9 years old and I was having trouble getting disk to fit it and getting the pictures off the old disk.  I didn't want a large DSLR mainly because I don't know much about them and I didn't want to carry a lot of extra "stuff" every time I wanted to take pictures.  So for the past several weeks we have been looking cameras, reading reviews and asking a few bloggers that we read their opinions.

I finally came to the conclusion that a small DSLR would be the best choice.   I chose a Canon SL1.  It is about the same size as my Sony, which was a big plus.  I have two lenses, the 18-55 mm and 75-300mm.  I will learn with these two lenses and probably use the 75-300 the most.  I still don't know a lot about DSLR cameras and terminology such as ISO, aperture and speed but if all else fails I can use the automatic setting.  I do want to learn more about how this camera works and how to make it do what it's designed to do.  But even on automatic I get good clear, crisp pictures with good color.


It feels good to have a camera again!!!

I think he is looking for spring

Spring is truly right around the corner


  1. Nice camera enjoy using it. Great photos.

  2. I think you chose the core camera, your photos are outstanding. I love your last photo! Great job.

  3. A great camera, and lens combo. Looking forward to many more great photos..jc

  4. Super choice...those two lens will cover just about all you will ever need...Congratulations!!!! New Travel trailer, new camera outfit...what next, :)) BTW some nice bird shots! Enjoy....Horst sends

  5. I'm so excited to see you're back! I've kept your site bookmarked and just happened to bring it up last night and saw you were on the road again. I love your photos and your appreciation for God's beauty. I look forward to seeing what lies ahead for you!

  6. Congratulations on the new camera. I shot with the SL1 for a few weeks last year and thought it was an awesome camera and perfect size. Anne McKinnel is a full-time RVer and excellent photographer. She's written some free ebooks that are worth downloading and I purchased her video course on Lightroom which was the perfect speed for me... slow and basic. Happy birthday and enjoy the new camera.


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