Cameras and Trees and Sunsets – Oh My!

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Nikon d3400, a starter DSLR that’s just right for me

I got a new camera for Christmas, the first one ever that has interchangeable lenses that detach and rates a case instead of rambling about in the bottom of my purse like my previous little point-n-shoot models. A respectable camera. A DSLR.  I’m the family historian and photographer and have always been a shutterbug, but a very uneducated one. I didn’t even know what DSLR meant until I looked it up recently. 

So – I have a lot to learn! I’m very excited about this new journey and wish I had more time to spend on absorbing the basics, but for now I’m mostly using the automatic settings.

I’m sharing all this to set up a photo for you. We had a snow day here in Southeast Texas in January, and then the sun came out at the end of the day. I took a very chilly walk about the neighborhood with my brand new camera and took photos of everything and nothing, just to play with the zoom lens. I was looking through my photos just now and found this one from that day, and it made me happy.

Trees and sunsets make me happy in general – how about you? They embody the reassurance of renewal; they speak to me through their beauty. Indulge me for a moment.

The trees are saying, 

Sure, I lost my leaves for the winter, but don’t worry, I’ll get them back! I’ll grow a big canopy for you to picnic under come summer. I’ll be here for your future grandkids to climb.”

The sunset chimes in.

I’ll only be around for a few minutes – enjoy me! I’m here to remind you that while today was challenging, another day is on the way. My partner, the sunrise, will be here before you know it. Use the coming darkness to rest and reflect, and I’ll see you again tomorrow.”

Trees and Sunset

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7 thoughts on “Cameras and Trees and Sunsets – Oh My!

  1. That sunset picture is gorgeous and I love the quote you chose to go with it! What lens do you have with your camera? I’ve only got the standard one which came with it but I’d love a zoom lens!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    1. Hi Jess, thank you for asking – I have a Nikon AFP Nikkor 70-300 lens. I don’t know what any of those numbers mean, but I do know that I can take good bird pictures at a distance. I’m learning a lot about photography from following professionals, and, more than the lens (I think), it is your attitude toward the photography that matters. I recommend that you follow https://laskowitzpictures.org/ and absorb his philosophy and guidelines – that’s what I’m doing.

  2. Great picture! I’m afraid I sigh and roll my eyes when John has to changes lenses. I do hope you are blessed with a more patient companion than I mange to be!

    1. So funny! I haven’t gotten good at changing lenses yet. I’ve been pestering one of my blogger friends for tips on how he does it, and I was at a wedding the other day and saw a photographer who wore two cameras on shoulder straps, one on each side, each with a different lens. It seems really complicated. My companion is not patient at all, except during Happy Coffee, when all is right with the world.

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