My First Attempts

Most of the year this grain elevator sits as though abandoned and I was attracted by the look of something unused.  Couldn’t wait to try out my new camera on it!  But before I got the camera this year they decided to put a new roof on it and have been airing it out in preparation for storing the local winter wheat harvest.  I wanted to catch it with the uppermost window open and then contrast it with a picture of it when it’s all closed up again during the coming winter.  This is taken from my patio with my Nikon D5100 and the zoom lens, on the “P” setting because I am still learning about manual settings.

My umpty-first try.

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It’s Like Christmas!

I’m so excited about getting my new camera.  I’ve been following a lot of photo-blogs and realized that once upon a time I took  some photography classes and was mesmerized with how photos would slowly emerge in the developer like magic.  And then there was a big machine that was used to enlarge the photo.  And the whole process was done in the dark!  Well, you get the idea…it was a complicated and sort of messy process.  But I loved it and following the photo-blogs made me want to do it again, with new technology!

So, having a new DSLR that I can play with, and  without the mess have an actual photograph feels like Santa was just here!   There’s only one problem….I don’t know how to use my Nikon D5100 so I’m still sort of in the dark!  I downloaded the user’s manual and a bunch of other files that give tips on getting acquainted with all the buttons and lenses.  I’m going through them all with the camera gently nestled in a soft (lint-free) towel on my desk because I’m so afraid I might fumble it as I learn to handle it properly  (there is a lint-free beanbag in process that will replace the towel).  As I look at the information on my PC monitor, I locate on the camera just where and what each feature is and does.  It’s a little daunting, but I’m learning more every day.  I’ve had the camera for nearly a week and have yet to take a decent photo with it. Fortunately for me, after I read a page in the manual two or three times I can understand what it’s all about.  That’s progress…..isn’t it?

Opening this blog is a venue for me to share my photos as I learn to take good ones and sort of chronicle my progress.  I’m confident that I’ll  improve as I become more comfortable handling the camera and using it becomes more natural to me. Although I know I will never be in the league of professional photographers, I aspire to be a very good amateur.

The photo in the header of this blog was taken with a Kodak CX6330.  The beautiful scene is at  Fairy Falls in Minnesota where I went on vacation a few years ago.  I wanted to use a photo I’d taken myself and that was among the best from that vacation.  I’ll change it when I can put something as good (or better) up there.

Having a new blog, just for photos, is a good reason for me to get out and use my new camera.  I’ll share my journey with you.