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New Camera on its Way

I remember last year, having to sell my whole rig to pay the rent and buy groceries.

It included:

Canon Rebel XSI
Lensbaby Composer Pro w/ Double Glass OpticsZ
Lensbaby + Sweet optic 35
(kit) 18-55 MM/75-300
50 MM 1.8 II (prime)
Lens reversal adapter/coupling ring
Rc-1 remote
camera bag
Extra batteries + charger/neck strap etc. etc.

It broke my heart to have to do that, but considering it allowed me to take care of my family through some very difficult times, I don’t regret the decision and would do it again if I had to. During all of 2012 I’ve shot with a 4 MP Canon Power shot, and for a serious “artographer” as myself, that has been difficult.

I’ve recently received the remains of my Financial Aid for school, and after paying (the school) back $1,380, my mom $500- brother $500- along with a few more chunks of hundreds here and there (bills, etc.) I had just enough left over to order another DSLR: Canon EOS 60D 18 MP. After shooting all year with a 4 MP- I cannot wait to have an actual DSLR in my hands again!

I ordered one that came with the kit (18-55 standard lens) which pretty much sucks as a lens- but, with a bit of experience and know-how (of which both I possess) you can pull off some pretty good shots with one. I’d be a fool to not order a 50 MM 1.8 II prime lens- it’s $100 brand new, which is pennies compared to other lenses, but the 50 MM makes an excellent portrait lens with considerably good bokeh. For those that may be reading this that have no idea what bokeh means, it’s a Japanese word that actually means “senile” or mentally foggy. Photographically, it translates as the super blurry parts of an image, apart from the focal point or subject, and it’s usually in the BG/background, but there is also what I call “reverse bokeh”, and that’s when you have a sharp focal point with a super-blurred FG/foreground.

Another attractive feature the 50 MM offers is that it’s a fixed focal length- there’s no zooming to be had. That means, if you want to get a close-up shot of your subject or subjects, you have to actually walk up to them. The 50 MM captures a field that equate to a 35 MM and it’s the closest thing to capturing a scene that your eye actually sees. You can’t go wrong with a 50 MM- ever- and it’s a great lens to take on trips, etc. because although it captures a subject beautifully regarding macros, it also makes an excellent landscape lens- many people don’t know that.

Here are two examples below, both taken with a 50 MM 1.8 II:

Sketch, one of the many cats we’ve owned over the years:

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The Longest Dream (Perrin Park/Indiana)

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Not too shabby for a $100 lens. Some of my favourite lenses are the Lensbaby Composer Pro (double glass ops), Sigma 17-70 (great walk around lens- it’s a wide angle on one end and a macro on the other- excellent lens), Sigma 10-20 (super wide) , and there are others, but the 50 MM prime remains at the top of any lens I’ve ever used. This lens is an absolute must have for any advanced amateur and pro, for that matter.

I should be receiving my goodies in the mail within the next week. I’ve spent the last 8 years developing my own unique style, a style that’s recognizable to most of the people who know my work, and I’m considering posting a few tutorials in the areas of layering, mastering your lighting (in camera- and in post processing) and developing a trademark style that is unique to your personal preferences. I’ve had many requests over the years but have just been so busy- hopefully I can do that sometime soon. (We’ll see.)

It’s another busy day and I’ll be filling mine with housecleaning, lots of school work and supper to cook.

Adieu…

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4 responses

  1. I hope you enjoy your new camera!! Before my Canon PowerShot I had a regular old digital camera. Once I invested the money into the Powershot…I realized that I would never turn back. I have had my Powershot for about 3 years now and it’s now time to start thinking about upgrading. I’d like to go more professional this time…but it might take me awhile to save for it! I am loving your blog posts!

    January 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    • I highly encourage you to go with this if you’re going to upgrade: http://www.42photo.com/pd-productid-105193-k-canon_eos_60d_181_megapixel_digital_camera_(body).htm This is where I just ordered my 60D- it’s a great camera! I used a Canon Rebel XSI for a while- not bad- but you’re limited where resolution is concerned. (12 MP) The 18 MP 60D puts out fantastic quality pics though. (Higher MP means that you can crop it down really tightly if you like and your quality will still be excellent.)That said, I’m still a point and shoot lover, and some of my best work was done with one. (And don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t take a great pic with one. 😉

      January 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      • Thanks…I’ll definitely check it out! =) I appreciate your recommendation! =) I know you are getting excited…can’t wait to see some of your photography once you get your new camera!

        January 21, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      • Ugh, I know! I’ve been shooting with that crap 4 MP for a year now- so painful…heheh.. yeah, I’m pretty excited too. (I can’t wait to go hit up a few abandoned houses.)

        January 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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