Abstract Painting commission

Abstract Painting commission
Abstract Painting Commission

Monday, 30 May 2011

The Winner

So from X300s to D300s in 20 years! I bought the Nikon, I think it will suit my style better - as high spec as the Canon is, I've been lusting after a Nikon for a couple of years and so I decided to stick with my dream and fulfil it; thank you Granny, hope your cloud's hovering over!

You may be thinking I'm slow to go digital now but being a little stubborn, I do think you can take a good photo
with any camera with half an idea of what you're doing, it's not all about the technology and having the best gear, even though that helps. I have clung on to analogue loving it's grainy softness until it came back into fashion, but the truth is I've never had the money to spend, I made the most of what I had and also this means that I've gone from 0 - 100 in one hit, this camera has to last me another 15 years now!

I am looking forward to entering a whole new world of creative possibilities with the new camera - having had a play with it and reading the quick start guide (not yet the 300 page beast that comes with it!) I've already taken a few snaps indoors in dreary low light on a cloudy wet day and have been able to hold it still with less than a 1/20th second exposure so that's going to give me so many more opportunities that I would have missed before. Once I've worked out how to download them I'll post a couple up!

So here's to enjoying the spend of a decade.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Canon 7D or Nikon D300s?

It seems like a common question the more research I do - Canon or Nikon?

I'm about to finally go over to digital - apart from toying with a couple of compacts, I've not yet had a digital SLR and have been loving my old special edition Minolta Dynax 8000i in pearl white.

This camera has had some history. My Dad bought it probably about 15 years ago when it first came out and he did a few weddings with it. Then my parents were burgled and the camera went walkies - only to turn up again in the same camera shop in Brixham where it was originally bought! And so with the insurance money Dad bought it back again and continued with it for a while before passing it over to me as an upgrade for my more manual camera, a 16th Birthday present, a Minolta X300s.

I have never fully learnt how to use this camera due to my lack of patience and knowing that I can only get so much out of the film anyway, however it's done me really well and it takes the most flattering portraits, which I love. It was the first camera to start to go over to digital as it took special program cards to get special effects and sports shots. I never had any of those though so I probably only got about 20% out of it.

I will still use this camera with black and white film, but I'm increasingly wanting to take photos that are outside of the camera's exposure and lens range. So I'm about to embark on the biggest spend since I bought my car - Nikon or Canon?

I guess we will find out later today when we've been to Jessops - I have narrowed it down though - to fit my ability and budget it will either be the Canon 7D (seems to be the more sporty camera) or the Nikon D300s - sold as the more Arty camera - I think I know which I lean more towards - even though the Canon has a greater range.

I think the big nature of the spend might make me need a bank holiday drink afterwards!!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

N - a Watch of Nightingales

I love these prints, I recognise some of the sayings but I'm not totally sure if they are all true or not! On my wishlist for sure though.