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Yes, I do have a new camera. I have a shiny new Sony alpha 300 digital SLR, courtesy of the Circuit City going-out-of-business sale. Their prices are still lousy on most of the things I want (10% off a 20%-too-high price is uninteresting), but the cameras were 30% off, and that beat what I could find online. I was still debating the 200/300 question, and CC had one of each left. The 300 is nearly identical to the 200, but adds a live preview on the LCD screen. Because of the way the innards work, it’s harder to put a live preview on a digital SLR, so while all point-and-shoots have that feature, fewer low-end DSLRs do. I decided that it was worth the extra money to not have to look through the viewfinder, since I’m fond of odd angles and macro photography.

I haven’t yet read the book, or done any strenuous tests. Instead, I wandered around the house last night shooting whatever took my fancy. These are all low-light or flash, and have had little or no editing other than cropping.


String, of course.


Kitchen photography, and playing with focus. Even with a mostly-automatic DSLR, there are many more options available than with a point-and-shoot.


My carpet isn’t really that orange, and Morgan doesn’t really look like a weeble, but that’s pretty good for indoors with no flash.


Equal time for the dog. Shortly after this photo Grendel realized this was a camera, and hid in the corner.


Still life with desk.

More string. This mix of silks was taken this morning, in the sun. These are some of the skeins that I’ve had the most trouble photographing accurately with my Canon. The colors look pretty good, and I’ve done no enhancement.


Pretty!

I’m looking forward to learning the finer functions of this new toy tool. I haven’t tried any of my Minolta lenses yet, and I’ll definitely need a refresher on the finer points of “real” photography as well. It’s been a long time since I’ve needed to know anything about aperture and focal length, but it’s also a long time since I’ve had any fine-grained control over my photographs. And, you know, I like learning technical stuff!

6 Comments on “Photo post”

  1. #1 Marjorie
    on Feb 8th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Oh pretty!

  2. #2 Jess
    on Feb 8th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: Give. Edie. BACK! ;P

    I love the sunshiney silks. Gorgeous colors. Are you still doing tiny weaving with them?

  3. #3 Phiala
    on Feb 8th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    He’s my weeble and I’m keeping him! So there.

    Those are much larger, but I have a set of the teensy ones dyed up to do some more things with. Eventually. I have a couple of commissions and an article to do first.

  4. #4 Jen
    on Feb 8th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    coming out of lurk mode to say that Morgan looks just like my Archie!

  5. #5 Phiala
    on Feb 8th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    More Morgan look-alikes! Jess, are you paying attention??

    But Morgan is still the number-one ferocious monster. :)

  6. #6 Sally
    on Feb 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Oh, I want to give Grendel big hugs, he looks so pensive.

    The colour of the silks is glorious.