Sunday, July 05, 2009

It's about time this blog finally got some decent photos

A few weeks ago we bit the bullet and bought a real camera. We've been looking at digital SLR cameras for about eight months and decided we'd better hurry up and make the purchase else we'd end up in Africa with a fancy new camera and no clue as to how it worked. We've yet to wade our way through the massively thick user's manual but so far we're fairly pleased with the few test shots we took this weekend. It's nothing like the old film SLRs, that for darn sure. Thanks to the many folks out there that provided advice and opinions on camera purchasing.
Bailey was a trouper this weekend and strolled his way up the mountain on the way to Heather Lake. He was even kind enough to carry some of my stuff in his backpack. What a considerate pup.


Canadian Dogwood (Cornus canadensis )A wee young tree

Clearly, the chickies are going through an awkward stage. Please don't hate them 'cause they're ugly.



8 comments:

  1. what kind of DSLR did you go with?

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  2. We went with the D5000. A bit of a leap of faith, considering it's new on the market but it got good reviews and didn't break the bank quite like the D90. We got the kit that includes the 18-55 lens and will probably get a larger lens for Africa.

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  3. Nice. I'm a fan of the whole Nikon line. I forget if I asked before about your Africa trip, or pointed you to our 2-month Kenya/Tanzania family trip blog from last summer. Find the blog URL at www.metonym.org

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  4. Tom,
    Thanks for the link, I'm going to enjoy looking through your African pictures tomorrow. What an adventure. We're to be in Mozambique and Botswana for three weeks and are very much looking foward to it! Do you mind if I ask what the largest lens you had was? I think that a 300 mm is about all we can swing at the moment.

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  5. Nice. I have not been to Mozambique yet but Botswana is great. On safari all I had was a Canon SX10, it's a long zoom (like a 500mm) but on what is basically a souped-up point-and-shoot camera. I was traveling light (2 months on road).

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  6. The photos look gorgeous, and I'm a big fan of the adolescent chicken phase! I was just going to suggest you talk to Tom about cameras and Africa, but I see you've already connected...

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  7. Which one do you think might be a rooster?

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  8. Well, I was worried about Olivia/Greta/Ollie. She isn't very social (a typical rooster trait, or so I've heard) and her comb was larger than those belonging to Phoebe and Winnie. But, I looked up Buff Orpingtons online and the roosters are very reddish in color and if she's a rooster, I would have assumed that she'd be a darker shade by now. Also, she's the quietest chicken I've ever heard; doesn't make a peep. The large comb may be due to the fact that she's the biggest (and also a different breed of chicken). So we're in a bit of a limbo here. She also has this way that she ruffles up the feather on her neck which looks very rooster-like to me. I can't explain it and I don't have any pictures...I'll let you know in a few weeks. :)

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