Monday, July 9, 2012

Back with a vengeance

back with a vengeance  

"There's nothing as exciting as a comeback - seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance." ~Rachel Griffiths

 My hiatus is over. I've been taking photos since late spring using a Canon EOS 600D. Shooting with a DSLR has been a bit of a struggle, but I am slowly getting the hang of it. I expected perfect results immediately because it is supposed to be a lot better than my compact point-and-shoot, however, I ended up getting frustrated. There is nothing wrong with the camera, it was just my lack of skill. The photos still pale alongside the work of Tedt, Roe, Dr Roland and the other guys. I am hoping that someday my shots would be better than theirs. Hey, a girl can always dream, right?

As expected, I started within my comfort zone: nature macros, using a Sigma AF 70mm f/2.8 EX DG macro lens. I like the bokeh that it produces. I first used more of the auto-focus because I didn't trust my shaky hands, but after tens of shots I finally got the courage to shoot on manual mode and some turned out to be okay. One thing I noticed is that the camera seems to scare the bugs away which makes my stalking twice challenging, I am hoping that they'd get used to it. Pardon my false hopes. 

Behold my DSLR macros:

My creation
1. blossoming, 2. balancing act, 3. killer, 4. searching

My husband was on a buying streak last spring, aside from the macro lens there are 4 other lenses in the camera bag. My new favorite is the wide-angle lens which I got to test drive while I was in Riga a couple of weeks ago. Sample shots:

My creation

I would like to test drive the other lenses as well, but it's quite boring to take photos of our backyard. I want to make a photography trip somewhere where I'd get to use all of the lenses.Too bad my summer is quite busy, no vacation at all. I hope I'd get to travel before the year ends while I still have the inspiration. I think it would be best travel on my own as it would be a sheer torture for any companion to wait for me while I take photos.Been fantasizing about that photography trip for weeks! 

Anyhow,  while I can't travel yet, I'll be on bug-stalking mode. Will be posting the photos on my Flickr photostream. They may not be spectacular, but watch me learn :-)



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