Thursday, June 6, 2013

Story Telling Sunday - My Precious 6

I know I'm horribly late this month and I'll spare you all the excuses about how busy I've been - just know it has been a good kind of busy!

I simply can't get through a year of documenting my most precious "things" without discussing my camera.
It's a Canon EOS 60D. The entry level professional camera. It was a birthday gift from Jay to me for my birthday in 2012, so I've had it just a year now. Jay had initially bought the newest version of the Rebel, but it didn't take much convincing at all to get him to upgrade me to the 60D. And it is crazy fun to play with! And I'm still learning all the ins and outs...

I learned that if I take the lens to maximum zoom and shoot things up close (like flowers) I can get a wonderfully short depth of field with great blur and/or bokeh in the background.  I've learned what the "drive" button is for. I've learned how to set the camera up on a tripod and use the remote trigger for selfies. I've learned how to change the white balance setting to deal with different light situations. I'll readily admit that I still don't truly understand aperture, f-stops, shutter priority and shutter speed, but I'm still learning and this camera should keep me busy for years! I pick up something new with every class I take.

What I love about learning with this camera is that it allows me to see the world through my artist's eye. I see the play of light and shadow, the saturation and depth of colors, the beauty in tiny details. And this camera has the inner workings necessary to actually capture what I see. So I'm getting better photos straight out of the camera and needing less post-processing to make them presentable!  And learning to play with my camera allows me to take shots like this:

showcasing my package from Alison in the Great Big Swaps of Very Small Things. Let your eye wander through this smorgasboard of fun stuff and note all the blue and green and pink and butterflies of all kinds! I think Alison definitely has my number!

For more precious stories, visit Sian's Story Telling Sunday post.


15 comments:

S said...

Oh that camera looks fabulous - and good for you for learning all it's ins and outs. Now you'll have no shortage of fab photos to scrap with all those goodies.

Melissa said...

I still have so much to learn about my camera, but luckily it does a great job in auto mode! :>)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

I have camera envy! ;o)

And your goodies from Alison look scrumptious!

Jo said...

It looks like a great camera that takes great shots and it's great to hear you're using the functions rather than leave it on auto :)

Amy said...

A great precious - I agree as mine is too!

Sian said...

Cheri, it's a pleasure to see you any day of the week..not just Sunday! I have camera envy too (and photo envy too, of course, when I visit here :))
yep, if it were my camera I'd definitely be calling it Precious

Sian said...

I'm back because I realised I wanted to say - what a lovely parcel of goodies. Thanks for being part of it

Missus Wookie said...

Oh what a lovely precious and package of goodies too :)

Becky said...

A lovely package of goodies and I understand how you feel about your camera being so precious.

Kristin said...

Oh yessss, it's all about the camera right? LOVE the stash too :)
Thank you for joining the Summer of Color this year - I so look forward to meeting you and your beautiful pages this Summer. Kristin ox

Kristin said...

Oh yessss, it's all about the camera right? LOVE the stash too :)
Thank you for joining the Summer of Color this year - I so look forward to meeting you and your beautiful pages this Summer. Kristin ox

Karen said...

Needless to say, my camera is on my precious list as well!

augcott said...

I have the 60D and I love it ...... I think I'll keep it around for awhile......can't wait to see the shots you take with it .... happy snapping!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Never too late! And I love to read about other people and their camera love!
Rinda

Chipper Newman said...

That is a fun swap envelope! I am glad that you like your camera.