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July 11, 2010

First Shots with the Rebel

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I am positively giddy with photo glee!  I spent some time today reading my new camera manual and taking some practice shots.  The shots are faaaarrrrrr from perfect, but for my first time out, I’m pretty darn happy!  I prematurely sounded the alarm to Brian this afternoon when I couldn’t figure out the whole situation with lenses and zooming and my macro lens, but with a bit more time thinking things through and some reassuring words from the FunkySlug, I happily clicked away.

Here’s a sampling of how things went.  I started out with the 18-55 lens and quickly discovered that this was the closest I could get to a miniature dahlia in one of my planters:

Hmm, not quite as up close and personal as I am used to getting with flowers.  I switched to the 55-250mm, stepped back and zoomed in, and got this:

Definitely better, but I wanted closer!  I attached my Raynox DCR-250 and got this:
macro dahlia 2

and this:
macro dahlia

Please forgive my lack of sharp focus here!  I was hand-holding the camera here when I should’ve been using a tri-pod.

Question now to you seasoned photographers: what size lens should I ask for for Christmas to get somewhere in-between?  I’m looking for frame-filling flower picture shots. 

Again not tack-sharp here, but I was pretty impressed with the magnification of this beetle.  In real life it was about 1/8″ long:
Macro beetle

That is a single blossom of butterfly bush that it is resting on.  To give you a frame of reference, one of these was its seat:
The rest of the fun I had today was without the macro lens.  Teddy, who recenty got a post all of his own, was engaged in one of his favorite summertime activities today, “attack the water coming from the hose.”  Plants cannot be watered or pool toys be rinsed in this yard without also having to water the dog.  He insists upon it.  I joyfully snapped picture after picture of Teddy, thoroughly enjoying the complete lack of shutter lag and waiting for the camera to be ready again to take another shot.  I got a few shots (again not totally perfectly focused) very easily that I would have worked very hard for back when I was doing Scott’s exposure challenge.  I cheated a bit for today and used the “P” setting, which in this camera means it will choose the shutter speed and aperture for you while you pick ISO and play with manual focus.  Here’s what I got:


This last shot cracks me up!  He looks so fierce and vicious, but that is the polar opposite of his personality.  Apparently, garden hose monster is a villian that must be vanquished!  When I got done laughing at this picture, I was kind of proud of what I captured.  All in all, not a bad first day with a DSLR!


  1. So fun! I know and love that new camera feeling oh so well! I got the Canon 7D in December and we are still on our honeymoon. My two favorite and go-to lenses are my 50mm 1.4 and 100mm macro. The 50mm is the lens that’s always on my camera. The drawback of the 100mm macro is its weight making it hard to have a steady hand since I’m too lazy to use a tripod. The last shot of Teddy is the best!

    Comment by cggrlogan — July 11, 2010 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for giving me some ideas to look at! I’m such a beginner I really don’t know what I should be thinking about.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2010 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  2. Wait, wait . . . no shutter lag?!? OK, now I am deeply, deeply jealous.

    Teddy is a stitch. You should blow up that last shot and make a Beware of Dog poster.

    Comment by Gerry — July 12, 2010 @ 12:40 am | Reply

    • The shutter lag disappearance is a wonderful thing!

      Teddy makes us laugh on a regular basis.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2010 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  3. Looks like you’re having fun with your new camera!
    For frame filling flower shots, go macro! One of my Canon friends has a 60mm and she seems to be happy with it. It’s probably lighter than the 100mm, so it’s easier to hand hold, and it makes a nice portrait lens, too.

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 12, 2010 @ 7:13 am | Reply

    • So far, so fun, but lots of practice in my future! Thanks Michaela – I’ll look around and see what might be in my price range ( or hubby’s for Christmas!) I’m having a bit of sticker shock from my first looks at lenses!

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2010 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  4. Nice shots. 🙂
    Congrats on the new camera!!! That’s how I felt when I first got my D40….such fun!
    As far as a lens, I have yet to own a macro as much as I would like one….but my extension tubes have been a greet, inexpensive investment. Love them and can use them with any lens.

    Comment by kanniduba — July 12, 2010 @ 8:06 am | Reply

    • Hi KD! I was wondering about extension tubes! I am intrigued by the concept.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2010 @ 8:17 am | Reply

  5. Your excitement is palateable, Karma! How fantastic!

    Yep, looks like you are off to a very good start! That last shot of Teddy is a keeper! Would look wonderful framed together with another shot of him in a sweeter pose ala ‘the many sides of Teddy’.

    My only comment on the images is, you might want to check what color settings are available. I bet yours is set on “Normal” or “Standard” and you might want to switch to “Vivid” to really make flowers ‘pop’.

    Another thing to play with is White Balance. I bet you are on Auto WB and you might want to switch to daylight or even flash to achieve some warmer tones.

    You have so much to play with! You go girl!!! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 12, 2010 @ 11:21 am | Reply

    • Darn it, I don’t think I have a “vivid” mode. I was looking through that stuff last night, and I think that was one of the features I liked about the Nikon. I do still need to read about how to adjust WB and use the EV. Looking forward to getting to know this camera!

      Comment by Karma — July 13, 2010 @ 8:34 am | Reply

  6. Don’t you feel free? That was my first thought when I got my dSLR after using a P&S caliber camera.

    For action, you might want to switch to continuous focus and shutter. You will want to read up on the various focus settings you might want to use when following handsome Teddy around as he attacks water hoses.

    That last one is great! Print and post it when you leave on vacations on your front door with the words, “This House Protected by Attack Dog.” 🙂

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 12, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

    • Is that the name of a shooting mode Scott? I’m still reading my manual and figuring things out. I found continuous shooting and you can set the AF for continuous focus on a moving subject. Maybe that is Canon’s way of doing it?

      Comment by Karma — July 13, 2010 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  7. It is like new freedom, Scott! Great way to put it.
    Is continuous focus and shutter the name of a mode? I still have more reading to do!

    Comment by Karma — July 13, 2010 @ 8:35 am | Reply

    • With your Rebel, you have control of different AF modes AND different shutter modes. You can mix up depending on what you are photographing.

      For action, like sports, I set my camera to use continuous focus AND continuous shutter (sometimes called burst). Continuous focus will adjust as quickly as it can the focus on your moving subject. Continuous shutter means you can press and hold your shutter button down and you camera will keep taking photos until you either release the shutter button or it fills up it’s buffer.

      Like anything, practice will help you learn and understand all these different settings. The trick is to remember to Zero Out your camera so as not to get caught with the wrong settings.

      Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 13, 2010 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  8. I can understand the giddiness and glee. I got all excited for you just looking and reading. 🙂

    It looks like you’re having a wonderful time playing with your new camera. Following you as you learn might be just what I need to take the plunge to a dSLR when it’s time for a new camera.

    Comment by Robin — July 13, 2010 @ 10:03 am | Reply

    • Well, you seem to do beautifully with your P&S, Robin! There were just some things that frustrated me to no end with mine. I’m looking forward to learning and being able to do things that I couldn’t before.

      Comment by karma — July 14, 2010 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

  9. macro lens? AWESOME!
    I only got macro filter (that’s as much as my budget allows me) but it’s not that bad
    macro is just too awesome for words! 😉

    Comment by Adila — July 14, 2010 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

    • Welcome Adila! I don’t think that I have a true macro lens. The Raynox dcr-250 cannot be used without another lens in place; it is called a “conversion lens”. Its inexpensive and comes with an adapter to allow it to fit on to lenses 52 -67mm filter size.

      Comment by Karma — July 14, 2010 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

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