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.