I’ve just started shooting with the Canon 40D, my previous big girl camera, because I’m going to be carrying it into the Sierra with me when I backpack from the Taboose Pass Trailhead up to the John Muir Trail and over to Vermilion Valley Resort with Tailwinds and Liz. I’ll have a 17mm to 250mm zoom lens on the camera. I’ve never wanted to carry the weight of a large camera before. But I figure I can do anything for 6 or 7 days.
I can sure tell the difference in the performance of this camera and my new Canon 5D Mark II. I also notice a big difference in the quality of glass on the Sigma zoom lens on the 40 D.
I’ve been trying to shoot in manual mode. Everytime I change direction I’m changing settings.
I had a great time on the Scott Kelby 2010 3rd annual PhotoWalk last Saturday. I believe there were 30,000 photographers all over the world who participated in this walk.
Once I got the courage up to join in on this worldwide photowalk, I googled where I might find a local group going out. Bob Adams, was our local Riverside PhotoWalk leader. Fifty of us took off on the streets around the downtown Mission Inn area in Riverside, CA, an hour’s drive away for me.
I spent much of the beginning of the walk with Kevin Toohey, the gentleman with whom I’d recently taken two photo classes. Midway through the walk we met another new friend named David. Kevin and David have been photographers their entire lives. I learned a lot during the walk from both of them. Meeting up with both of them made the day very special.
This morning David sent me the two photos he’d taken of me. The two photos I shot of both David and Kevin were out of focus. Drat. That just means I’ll have to shoot with them again.
I uploaded more of the photos I shot on the Riverside Photowalk I participated in last week on my Flickr site (my old site I haven’t used in a long time).
I’ve had two lessons with Kevin who lives in Corona. It’s quite a drive to his house but I’ve learned a lot. I had no idea how much I didn’t know about my camera, lighting and other basic considerations related to settings appropriate to good exposure. He’s got me shooting in manual mode now!
Like anything else, I learn so much more when I ask for help.
The transfer from one server to another is finally taking place. I’ve been asked to not post anything new until the move is completed.
I’ve been setting my alarm for 4am. I need about an hour before I’m ready to do anything. Around 5:15 I’m out the door with the 5D Mark II camera around my neck for some sunrise shots and exercise.
I misunderstood Erik, my website host and web server. He still hasn’t begun the process of transferring my site information from his old server to the new one yet. So I could have been posting after all.
Shots from Sunday and Monday:
I was just informed my web host is changing servers. Nothing will change for you viewers but I’ve been asked to not post anything for a few days.
I’ll begin posting again, as soon as I get the word the move has completed.
A special dinner at Sherman’s Deli before the Cornfield meeting in Palm Springs where Cynthia and Dusty celebrated their birthdays.
Used on camera flash for fill in.
Wanted to take the action of shooting portraits, rather than just reading about taking portraits. So before the meeting Susan and Debbie posed just across the street from the meeting while we were waiting to be let in to the room. I’m using the Canon D40 fitted with a Sigma 18 – 250 lens.