This year has been a transition year for me. My real joy in photography is black and white, Studio Glamour Photography and Architecture. As with most people I do not have room for a full time darkroom. In the last few years I have done very little photography except for a little landscape and a few friends weddings, but this year I really got back into my main three photographic loves. What spurred me on was my introduction to digital.
Over the last few years I have occasionally tried digital cameras and been generally less then impressed. Slow, poor battery life and hard to use. Then last year I had the opportunity to use a Cannon EOS 1D (the latest model). I finally thought that digital had arrived, it was fast responsive and produced fine quality images. Of course going digital is a big step and you need to make a number of adjustments. Are you going to shoot RAW, JPeg (JPG), how are you going to handle your storage requirements, backup, Image processing and work flow.
I decided on two approaches, first read all I could and talk to photographers who had made the jump. Second buy a small digital compact and try different things. So for the past year I have been shooting film on my SLR’s and digital on my small Nikon S3 compact. Its been a lot of fun and really inspired me to take more pictures this year then I have for the last three. A few months ago, I made the jump and bought myself my first digital SLR. I look forward to the next year and many more photographs.
Many times people have said they don’t have time for their photography.
Or they are unable to get to that exotic location. Today was the last
day at work and as every other day this week it was thick freezing fog.
But today I took my camera bag and in the half an hour walk round the
Brayford Pool in my lunch break I took 43 photographs. Most of them are
not very good, but sometimes you just have to go out and shoot!
A winter lunchtime walk, Brayford Pool, Hedgerow next to carpark
Nikon D200 SLR
Nikor 17-70mm F3.5 ISO 100
40mm, 1/90 Sec at f5.6
Nikor 17-70mm F3.5
70mm, 1/60 Sec at f5.6 ISO 100
Processed in Adobe Lighroom Beta 4.1
On a Mac Powerbook, OS-X 10.4.8
Very little has happened this month compared to the excitement of the last few months. We have been getting back into the swing of work, Caroline has been horse riding but due to the weather Richard has not managed to go flying this month.
We did manage a quick day trip to Whitby and a couple of days at Southwold at the very end of last month but nothing this month except a few photo opportunities around town in our lunch hour and enjoying the last of the good weather.
Well today I made my first digital SLR purchase. A Nikon D200.
After many months of research and with the price of the D200 dropping, it was the logical choice.
I moved from Canon to the Nikon system back in the 1990’s and a Nikon was my first choice. The feel of a camera is very important and I find that Nikon bodies always feel better in my hand then other makes. As an existing Nikon film user with an extensive investment in Nikor glass, it made sense to choose a Nikon that would work with my old lens and the D200 would do that.
For a good review of the camera see DPReview site for more information.
It feels good in the hand, very well built and has the combination of features that I need in an SLR. I intend putting it through its paces over the next few months with a studio shoot also planned.