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New Toy

I mentioned a few weeks back that I ordered a Canon S95. Well it arrived a couple weeks ago, and I love it. To have manual control over settings in such a small form factor is great. I’m still trying to learn how to use a lot of the functions more quickly, but it’s a slow learning process. Here are some of the images I’ve taken so far with the camera, mostly of food.

This last one was taken at night, under an outdoor light. Taking this shot during the day is a no brainer, but I’m quite impressed with the camera’s ability to handle low light situations. I’m still trying to figure out which settings work best for food when in dive bar lighting, which is pretty much no lighting at all.

How to Take Notes the Nerd Way

Before everyone carried a digital camera with them, my brother gave me one back in 2000 when he was raking in the last of the money from the Dot Com Era. This was not a camera that fits into your pocket, but it had a whopping 4.0 megapixel sensor. It was the hotness back then, the Kodak DC4800.

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Even though it wasn’t exactly portable I took it everywhere with me and even found some creative uses for this in class.

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When? Soon Enough. That’s Not Soon Enough!

Don’t you just hate it when you’re stuck waiting for items to become available so you can buy them? I have no patience when it comes to purchasing things. I want to spend as quickly as possible and be done with it. I know what I want and want to make a bee line for it. This holds especially true for gadgets like this.

I’m dying here.

Am I Still Mad?

As the today’s work day progressed, a problem came to light. Someone in my office made a mistake on a rush order that has already been delivered to the customer. It turns out the wrong line items were quoted, and that one line item was holding up the customer’s project. Now I have to get to the customer’s job site at 6:00 AM to deliver the proper material. Is it wrong that I wanted to slap the person that made the mistake (repeatedly)? I was in a pretty crappy mood the whole drive home just thinking about being forced to bed early and wake up before the sun even makes its first appearance.

Then I came home to this.

My Nikon D90 arrived! (If you’re at all into photography, you seriously need to check this one out. It’s a gem.) Suddenly spirits were lifted, and I became care free. I ripped into the box after dinner and held it in my hands. Although I was alone in the room, I know I had a grin on my face. Then I realized that since I have to go to bed shortly, I shouldn’t bother diving into the manuals to see all the features available. My demeanor soured again.

It made me realize how easily work can affect our mood. That’s why it’s important not to let work consume or define us. That’s why we have hobbies, like photography. Unfortunately for me, my new toy showed up at an inopportune time, but I’m trying to take it in stride. It’s just one day where things didn’t go right, not the end of the world. I’ll be tired, but after I get through tomorrow, my life is my own again…at least for two days.

Expensive Toys

I’ve been looking at purchasing my first dSLR recently. I have narrowed my search down to a couple options, but I’m leaning towards this body and this lens. Yes, I realize these are expensive items. I’ll worry about that later. I could go with lesser models, but that’s very unlike me. When I really want something, I buy the better stuff and then don’t use it to the fullest.

Adding a Little Class to My Life

I have embarked on journey with Michelle to add a little bit of class to our lives, specifically photography class. We had our first class yesterday night, and it seems pretty good. There isn’t any hands on camera use during the class. The teacher wants us to do that during the week to put what we learned into practice.

There was a lot of terminology thrown at us, but I think I have a grasp on most of what was said. Telephoto lenses are better for portraits, but if you want to take a picture of your junk, use a wide angle. It’ll look more impressive. They didn’t actually teach that in the class, but it should work based on the principles of lenses we learned. I’d try it, but I’m afraid I would forget to erase the memory card before giving it back to Kyung.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post some of the pictures I take as I learn to take better photos. Here’s one I took last night.

This guy won’t stay still enough for my point and shoot camera.