My old point-n-shoot stopped pointing and shooting a week or more ago. Bummer. I liked that camera. But I figured this was a good opportunity to trade up to a digital SLR camera (Nikon D3000) that takes significantly better quality photos.
I've been fortunate enough to have some of my photos published in gardening magazines -- all from that little pocket-sized, point-n-shoot camera. But being a designer, I know that the images, while decent, were not magazine quality. Nor did the old camera allow me to take large-file photos suitable for full-page photos or large blow-ups.
I have to get used to a few things. Like looking through a view finder again -- and an "off" switch. The old camera turned itself off after ten minutes of non-use. This one doesn't. I learned THAT the hard way already.
But I love the zoom, select focus, and experimenting with the settings. I'll also be annoying my photographer friends for techniques I can use for good garden shots -- except that waking up early to get that great early morning light. I won't be doing that.
Here's a smattering of my first photos with the new camera.
|Front yard from my office window.|
|Coral bell fountain in the coral bell garden.|
|Couple of the copper leaves I made with some home-made hypertufa planters.|
|Shoulda' focused on the fish fountain, not the background.|
|Our summer place.|
|Had to hack back the five-leaf chocolate akebia and Dutchman's pipe vines so we could see the hanging baskets of million bells.|
|New old project. The checkerboard pattern before had too-thin tiles that broke apart. |
And the steppables never took off here the way they did in my head when I imagined this area. It's getting (egads!) grass.
|Harry Potter garden.|
|Persian shield and cigar plant pots this year. Purple and orange. Clashy.|
|Crocosmia Lucifer looking insect-like.|
|The scent is intoxicating. This camera doesn't have Smell o' Photo though.|
|The long view.|
|Busy garden. Lots of experiments going on...|
|Raised bed vegetable potager with rose standard and boxwood hedges, surrounded by a dwarf apple tree espaliered fence, fronted by a low bed of ever bearing strawberries. Sounds impressive, but I can't get a damn vegetable to grow!|
|The coral bell fountain. I messed with it too much in iPhoto. Very contrast-y.|
|The 14-year-old spray-painted the old kitchen stools orange (and everything else in the garage |
with them). I don't think the Senior Associate Assistant Chief Gardener is sold on the color.