I am a lucky woman.
I have a Big Number birthday looming on the horizon and my gorgeous hubby asked me what I’d like.
I thought about it for a bit….
Jewelry? …nah – I don’t wear much and I make my own beaded necklaces and earings.
We need a new microwave …. but frankly that just won’t cut it in the birthday stakes.
Dare I ask for the digital SLR camera I have coveted for the past 5 years??? I decided that it was really what I wanted, but I knew we couldn’t afford one… but I told Mr Fixit anyway.
“Hmmm” he said, ” …. the sugly isters have almost bled us dry, but we are a thrifty* family. I’ll see what I can do “.
To cut a long story short, after a month or two of research and watching prices on eBay he came up with a bargain (courtesy of a friend): a Canon EOS 400d with *three* lenses (Zoom EF 75-300mm = !!! + Canon EFS 18-55mm = versatile + Canon EF 50mm=gorgeous), associated paraphernalia (including a new camera day-backpack AND hard carry case, filters, hoods, remotes, spare batteries and chargers etc) for about a *quarter* of the retail price (YAY).
He was so happy with himself he couldn’t wait another month to show me, so during *his* birthday dinner on the weekend, he gave it to me 🙂
My Facebook friends have been inflicted delighted with my photos to date, and while its much harder to upload photos on my blog, here are a few:
(Crested pigeon wing detail)
(Our beautiful environmental weed)
(*My* anodised cups – guess which is my favourite colour:)
Of course I took heaps of my kids and hubby too – very happy with the results! So much more “atmosphere” than the point and shoot camera we had.
So now I have some questions for the photographers out there:
How do you edit photos? Photoshop? Is it worth it?
How do you store your photos? Flickr? External Hard Drive? Other?
Where do you go for inspiration? Tips and tricks?
I’m learning as I go, so all decent tips, tricks, links etc appreciated 🙂
*I should point out that Mr Fixit seems to be able to make almost anything appear from thin air …. he salvages a lot of “junk” and can build almost anything. Much of our furniture is second-hand and our fridges and washing machine were salvaged and repaired from road-side clean-up (and he fixed both for under $40). When our second child was born when our eldest was barely 2, he made a toddler seat to fit our existing pram. He does all mechanical repairs on the cars. He is a bit of an all-round wonder and I know I’m a very lucky girl in many ways 🙂 … and no, he doesn’t read my blog.