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I took some photos today outside my house... I felt the first stirrings of autumn in this morning's rain, yet summer's grip remains.





An empty cicada husk hanging upside down from the branch of a maple tree


Hostas in bloom


An unopened rosebud. I can't wait to see how it looks tomorrow.


Same photo, but with auto color-correction by PSE. Not true to life, but I like the effect.

Date: 2006-08-28 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jay1022.livejournal.com
Lovely! This was a digital camera? Nice quality.

I love nature/scenic pictures. Sometimes it's just strikingly beautiful, humbling and peaceful all at the same time.

Date: 2006-08-28 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghoulsis.livejournal.com
Thanks! Yes, it's a digital -- Canon EOS 20D with a Tamron 28-200 lens. I tell ya, this camera was the best investment we ever made -- it's probably paid for itself already just in film and processing that we didn't waste on the umpteen million pics we've taken of our kid that didn't turn out. :P

Date: 2006-08-28 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jay1022.livejournal.com
Canon EOS 20D with a Tamron 28-200 lens
I am drooling at work over this because I want the Canon EOS digital camera! I have a Canon Rebel SLR also with a Tamron 28-200 lens (not kidding!) and that takes amazing pictures. I bought it when I went to Ireland and man are those pictures amazing quality. *sigh* I'm gonna put it on my Xmas list. Yeah, I'm a dreamer :)

Date: 2006-08-29 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zippyhendirez.livejournal.com
There's a couple of paths to go if you wanna go digital. One, obviously, is Canon, since you already have at least one lens for it. If you have to get new, consider the Digital Rebel XT, the EOS 20d or the 30d.

However, if you can handle the idea of a used camera, you may find it much more affordable to pick up a used 20d, 10d or original Digital Rebel. The 20d is 8 megapixels, while the 10d and original DR are a bit over 6 -- realisticly, anything over about 5 is more than the average photographer needs.

Any of your old lenses will fit, but will be multiplied by 1.6 due to the smaller sensor in the camera. The result? That 28-200 just became a 38ish-320. Great if you shoot telephoto, but if you like wide angle photos, you'll need to get one of the 18-55mm lenses that Canon sells dirt cheap.

However, one camera that's gotten rave reviews and gone under the radar is the Olympus Evolt 500. You can get that one with two lenses for under $700 sometimes.

Date: 2006-08-29 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jay1022.livejournal.com
You are so sweet! I'll take a look at those on-line to see which one would be the most sensible choice for me. A friend of mine had the 20d, I believe, and we put my lens on it and he was impressed with it. *When* I do purchase a new digital, I'll probably go with a Canon, but I'm going to take a look at the Evolt 500. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] zippyhendirez!

Date: 2006-08-29 01:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2006-08-28 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zippyhendirez.livejournal.com
Very nice work! Someday, we'll have to look into a true macro lens for you. I think you'd enjoy it.

Date: 2006-08-28 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghoulsis.livejournal.com
Thanks! It means a lot coming from you, since you're, yanno, a photographer and all. *blush*

Yeah, I'd like to get a macro lens to play around with. Maybe for xmas?

Date: 2006-08-29 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zippyhendirez.livejournal.com
I'll keep an eye out for a good one.

Date: 2006-08-28 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lillassea.livejournal.com
These are STUNNING. Particularly the cicada shell one.

Thank you for sharing! You and [livejournal.com profile] celticfeministw are both such good photographers.

Date: 2006-08-28 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghoulsis.livejournal.com
Aww, thanks! You're too kind.

Date: 2006-08-28 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nyuszi.livejournal.com
ohhh! so pretty! and shiny!

i have a canon rebel which i love to death, alas, it's killing me dead because it uses film. i like film more than digital, to be honest, but it's a fortune. your camera totally wants to make me get a digital though. those pics are gorgeous! :)

Date: 2006-08-29 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghoulsis.livejournal.com
I have to say, I was a film snob right up until we got our new Canon... for me, I think it was more about the feel of the camera itself than anything else. So many digital cameras are tiny and you can't get a good grip on them, kwim? But the EOS 20D has the heft of my old Canon SLR, and it feels like my old camera -- only I don't have to blow all that money on film and processing. (Other bonus: I know immediately if the shot turned out, unlike with film.)

My guy talks a little further up the thread with [livejournal.com profile] jay1022 about digital cameras; you may want to scroll up and see what he said to her.

Date: 2006-08-29 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nyuszi.livejournal.com
i think that's a an issue for me as well. i like the feel of my camera, and i like having more options than zoom and zoom out. :)

if i get a canon i can even keep my lens, which would def bring the price down... *is seriously considering this*

thanx for pointing me up the thread btw. :D

Date: 2006-08-29 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
Gorgeous! And ITA on the Canons. I have the original EOS Digital Rebel and use my Canon 70-210 with it, and I adore it. I save a fortune on both vacation pics and - especially - all my animal pics from the zoo. Best. Investment. Ever.

Date: 2006-08-29 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghoulsis.livejournal.com
I can't say enough good things about our Canon. I never thought [livejournal.com profile] zippyhendirez would shoot with anything other than Nikon (he started out as a newspaper photog), but we're both in love with the Canon. I balked at the price initially, but seeing how many pics of X we toss because they're out of focus, or he turns his head at the last second, or whatever? Yeah. I feel certain it's paid for itself by now. :P

Date: 2006-08-29 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nutmeg3.livejournal.com
Not to mention the very valuable instant gratification factor. I love knowing whether I (more or less) got what I wanted or need to keep trying.

Date: 2006-08-29 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghoulsis.livejournal.com
Absolutely, on the instant gratification. Plus it makes it so much easier to share pics with out-of-town family.

Date: 2006-08-29 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zippyhendirez.livejournal.com
I do love a good Nikon, but not enough to dump all the Canon stuff we have. Plus, I think the 20d outshoots anything in its price range.

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