Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Family Night At The Park (and a little blurp about the new camera)

Just Soaking in every ounce of this weather before we wake up to triple digits again. Notice I had to put a cardigan on Mila because it was THAT breezy. Ok--- it was sort of like a crazy wind-tunnel, but if that means cool temps, we'll take it.

And then we ran into some friends with one of the cutest little two-year-olds I've ever seen... so obviously I couldn't help myself. I mean look at that face. This was a bit after sunset, it was nearly dark out. I think I had the ISO on my new camera cranked to like 6000. Do you see any grain? I don't. Oh did I mention I got the new Canon 5D Mark 2? You photo-friends will appreciate that. But I've been afraid to mention it since I DO NOT feel comfortable with it yet and DO NOT feel like all my pictures are turning out magical or anything. I'd gotten used to shooting in aperture mode on my Nikon D40, and that just doesn't seem to be working on this one. The prime lens I got for it is the 85mm f/1.8, so maybe it's because I'm used to having those extra stops (plural? not sure) on my 30mm. But this one I feel like I have to shoot in manual. And I feel like I'm CONSTANTLY adjusting my settings for a little more light, little less light, little more, little less... and then should I use my shutter speed, my aperture, or my ISO to get it???? Nothing a little practice can't fix right? I'm still absolutely thrilled about this camera. It can do amazing things... but I've got some catching up to do to deserve it.
Can you imagine how nuts Mila went when she couldn't hold this dog quite like her friend? I think we just might have to get one some day.

8 comments:

Christin said...

Those pictures are absolutely amazing and your photo talk is greek to me. I am so clueless when it comes to photography it's embarrassing. Sad.

Christin

Melissa said...

I'm so excited about your new camera! I have the 5D (the old one) and love it. Your pictures and your littlew girls are beautiful.

Paulo and Melody said...

Yes, you must take lots of trips to San Diego! No worries about not taking pics of me. I saw that you were actually vacationing and not just doing a trip to visit your Mom, so I didn't want to call and remind you. We can do it soon. Ali's coming to visit 4th of July and then again on Labor Day weekend for my shower.

alliehoopes said...

appreciate that do we ever! Can I still even be considered your photo friend? I opened up photoshop today and was so out of practice I couldn't remember some of the keyboard shortcuts. gasp! It looks like you have been working yourself silly....and getting some splendidly amazing photos. That's a bonus. Green dress in M's photo? check (we have it). Rainbow shows? check. I'm about set up to just start copying everything about your photos...even the clothes in them!

Brandon or Michelle said...

wow these are gorgeous. I mean really, WOW these are gorgeous. I'm at a house with this huge computer screen, so I can really get the FULL EFFECT! lovely.

and I love that you are speaking a completely different LANGUAGE with all that camera talk. I didn't get ANYTHING! :) congrats, here's to even more knowledge. you're the bomb.

ps--with all your spare time, could you send me a picture of that bag? I forgot to take one, and I have a picture project/inspiration notebook i'd like to include it in. just shoot me an email, and no hurry. thanks!

moliver said...

You guys have weather just like us! The last few days I've been making the family go outside because it's "beautiful". So what if we get blown away and our eyes are filled with dirt and dust. It's in the 80's!
Oh, and I'm so jealous of your new camera. I know what you mean about the adjustment period. Have fun with that Professional camera of yours!

maines said...

I know a dog that's available.....

Lindsay Griffeth said...

How fun that you got a new camera ALREADY. :) Mine is old and I need a new one so I just may have to call you this week to get your opinion! :)