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I Could Show You My Favorite Obsession

So back in the beginning of January, I talked a bit about the things I was looking to change, create, or get rid, of in my post about my resolutions.  One of the first things I did was go see the doctor and I’m mostly on track with that – I may have had a bad day yesterday, but mostly on track and I’m happy with my progress on that front.

The second thing I’ve been working on is creativity – I talked in the first post about figuring out what makes my heart sing and taking pictures does that.  I don’t know that I’d want to be a pro, but I love taking pictures of the events that we go to, of the field trips we take, the food we eat, etc.  I have to admit that I was not much of a photographer when you had to go develop film, but since digital photography became affordable, I have been all over it – I got my first digital camera in 1999.  Back in December, I went on a photo walk with local photographer, Kent Weakley after having taken one of his online courses.  I really enjoyed the course – but there were some things I just didn’t quite get, so I thought that taking the walking class I’d have the opportunity to ask him about the things that confused me. You see, I’ve really been trying to “up my game” when it comes to taking pictures and I was getting frustrated that I couldn’t figure some things out.  Kent was great, he really took the time to figure out what my problem was and he was so nice about it.  In the end, it turned out that my camera (a high end point and shoot) was still auto focusing even when I was telling it not to.

I have to tell you, I was so relieved that it wasn’t me! I knew then and there that it was time to finally take the plunge and get a DSLR.  I did tons of research about Nikons and Canons and in the end I decided that the Canon was the one I wanted.  I went to stores and held them all, played with the features, really got the feel.  I loved the way the Rebel felt, but I was really confused about kits. I came across on article on The Pioneer Woman’s site by Miz Booshay about kits and the lenses that usually come with them and I knew that I needed the 50mm f/1.8 lens – I want to play with bokeh and take soft portrait shots with shallow depths of field and I got the impression that this was a great lens to start with.

Pretty, right?

 

Ok, so I knew I wanted this one – but I also wanted a lens for walking around and landscape and event photography, with a zoom.  I polled everyone I knew, in real life, on Facebook, Twitter, and everyone talked about buying the 18-135 or 18-200 mm.  the 18-200 was out of my price range, but there was a kit that had the 18-135.

Even Prettier!

Hmm..

The problem, however – is that this was going to cost me about eleventy billion dollars. Ok, just under $1100.00.  Still – I don’t have that kind of money lying around.  Not to be deterred, I sold everything I owned that we weren’t using;  all the old iPods, iPhones, cameras, homeschool curriculum, anything that was fetching a couple of bucks on eBay and then Jim got an unexpected bonus and gave it to me, so that I didn’t have to wait for all the money to clear before ordering the camera.

I ordered the camera and not one penny came out of our household finances.  Yay!

I received the camera yesterday and I’m blown away by the features and photographs it takes. I can’t wait to get out and start taking pictures – as of now, I’ve taken pictures of my living room, just to lock in my memory where each of the settings are and what they do.  I’m a little intimidated by the camera, but I know that once I start shooting I’ll be much more comfortable.  There are hundreds of online groups and challenges and I’m thinking I might start with this one:

Here’s the problem:  I already know of about $800 worth of merchandise that I’m going to want soon.  I’ve made a deal with myself though, no more lenses until I’m completely comfortable with the two I already have.  But I think… no, I know I need this:

Kelly Moore Bag: 2 Sues Bag from kelly clark on Vimeo.

Are you doing any photography challenges or groups?  Want to connect and share your photos with me?  I’m on Flickr.

P.S. If you’re in the market, make sure to check B&H Photo – they had the best prices on the camera and lenses I was researching.
P.P.S Extra points if you can name the film from which I blatantly stole the title.



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Eye Fi and Shutter Snitch

About a month ago, I got the notification that I was one of the ten chosen as an Eye-Fi Big Shot.  I was so excited, I couldn’t believe it.  A week or two after that I received my welcome package – which had some great information, business cards a lanyard and a gorgeous, brand new Eye-Fi Pro X2.  I think I might have actually squealed when I opened the package.  So now I’m a very lucky girl with two Eye-Fi Cards!  The new one and the the original Explore Video Card.  I love the original, but this new one.  Oh. My. Ad hoc networks, works with RAW files, 8 (8!) GB!  I love my new card.

There’s a card for every budget and if you take pictures on the road, or at events, you should really look into it.  There’s a great support forum fueled by other users and a community of people who are trying to extend the usability of this idea. Which brings me to the reason for this post; Shutter Snitch. This is one really cool app.  ($7.99 in the app store) For the iPad and iPhone, but I’m focusing on the iPad, right now.

This took me a bit of time to figure out.  Honestly, once I really thought about the technology and what it can and can’t do right now, it made way more sense.  From the developer:

Wirelessly transfer images to your iPad from your Eye-Fi card, soon Canon, Nikon or other filetransmitter that supports uploading to an FTP server.
When a JPEG arrives, ShutterSnitch analyzes it and warns you if anything differs from the rules you’ve set up.
For now shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focal length, and light level is checked – but more will be added in the future (suggestions are appreciated).

The set up instructions are super easy and the developers notes are very clear – if it’s not working, disable relayed upload.  Unfortunately, that means that you can’t upload to online services – you can switch the settings back and forth, but since I’m lucky enough to have two cards, I use the older card for Shutter Snitch and the newer card for online sharing.  So far it’s working perfectly.  I take my pictures, protect the ones I want to transfer (you can choose to transfer all pictures, but I take a lot of pictures and they’re not all share worthy!), open shutter snitch…

Choose your device and set up Eye-Fi access (you only have to do this once, unless you change the settings on your card)

Open, or create a new collection (you must be inside a collection to receive images)

Then wait.  It takes sometime for the images to start transferring.  The developer mentions this, but I kept thinking there was something wrong.  It does take a while.

But then, like magic, there are your images -

I love the way the gallery looks, it’s so elegant and smooth – you can rate your images, view the histogram, set up rules about your images, such as warnings when your shutter speed or aperture is not what you’re looking for. I don’t really understand much of that yet – but I will… you can email your images, export them to flickr or an FTP server location, preview them… I can see how a professional photographer might use this to show a client previews from a shoot.  I love this app- it’s so well done and it makes me feel like a pro -

That’s the peach pineapple salsa from yesterdays post.



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I’m An Eye-Fi Big Shot!

So, what’s an Eye-Fi Big Shot, you ask?  Well.  Let me tell you.

Back in January I blogged about my new camera and my brand new Eye-Fi Memory card.  From the post:

Eye Fi is a wifi enabled memory card, allowing you to upload pictures directly from your camera as long as you can connect to a wireless network or a hotspot. I was all over this! We love to go to community activities and events and I always bring my camera. The thought of being able to upload those pictures to Flickr or Facebook, or to check in with Whrrl with beautiful photos from my camera rather than from my phone was more than I could bear.

So when I heard that Eye-Fi was looking for people to represent the brand, I applied immediately!  I was thrilled to find out that I was accepted and I’m so excited to share with people information about a product that I absolutely love.

So go say hi to the rest of the Big Shots and stay tuned for some great, fun ideas, tips and tricks about this great product!



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AATIF!

Yay! It’s Friday! We’re three weeks into the new year and for the most part I’ve done pretty well with my goals and intentions. I had a little slip up this week, I let little things get the best of me, and decided that pizza would make me feel better. And you know what? It did. For a few minutes. Then I felt guilty. I wasted about 20 minutes feeling guilty and then decided that one little slip up in three weeks isn’t the worst thing in the world and I think I might add some planned cheating into my life. This may seem off topic, but bear with me here, ok? For the first group of links I’m going to share some of my favorite places to go and play on the internet, places that I go for inspiration or fun or knowledge. Maybe you’ll find something that appeals to you, but most definitely you’ll learn a bit about me.

Tut’s Adventurers Club One of my favorites!  Sign up for the “Notes from the Universe” mailing list while you’re there.  It’s one of my favorite dailies, ever!
How Stuff Works is another fun one – pretty self explanatory.
Craftster – a great place for ideas and inspiration
And of course, the usual haunts, Facebook, Twitter, About, StumbleUpon, Kirtsy, Digg, I could go on and on, but those are the ones I play with most often.  If you’ll notice, it’s all about community.  I love the conversation. And if you do too, these are some great places to start.  I’m usually “colormepink” and if you cruise through any of them, please feel free to add me as your friend.  Can’t have too many friends, right?

As always, my favorite pictures:

Snow Man Army

High Speed Photography and Long Exposure Photography what’s the difference?  I don’t know, but the pictures are outstanding!
My new house, and my summer house wanna come stay?
If you’ve been here before, you probably can guess that I love flowers and if you’re sick of looking at beautiful, colorful, amazing flowers, then don’t quick this link.  Really, whatever you do, don’t click it!
So sweet! Cute as a bug!

And from Hulu, a classic.  We can’t chop broccoli in my house without singing this.



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