Just a quick post tonight, then some exciting news (at least it’s exciting for me!):
Last Saturday I stopped by the Thunderbird Conservation Park’s viewing blinds on 59th Avenue to see what kind of wildlife might be around the water this time of year. There were lots of ducks and geese, but they were all on the other end of the lake from the viewing blinds, so I didn’t get a lot of great shots. However, there were plenty of bees buzzing around where I was sitting, so I decided to make lemonade out of lemons. Using the 55-200mm zoom lens gave some great depth of field to this shot:
I used the Frame presets in Paintshop Pro to give it that little extra interest around the edges. It’s a simple shot, but it has a Zen quality to it that I rather like.
And now for the news…
Last night I ordered a new camera body and two new lenses. On Wednesday I should be receiving:
- Nikon D700 12.1MP FX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only)
- Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR
- Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Did I go overboard? Most definitely. But over the past year my love for the art of digital photography has only gotten stronger, and I want to give myself every possible opportunity to produce the best images that I can reasonably afford to produce.
My biggest challenge this week will be forcing myself to go to my day job when I know there are thousands of photo-ops just waiting out there. With any new equipment there comes a learning curve, and the sooner I can get comfortable with the new camera and lenses, the happier I’ll be.
We’re planning a trip to Vancouver, B.C. in July for our 20th anniversary, and I want to be somewhat proficient with this gear by the time we go. I can’t wait to get started!!
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