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My New Camera Lens!

I am super excited. I was going to purchase my first (non-kit) lens and was saving up for it. I wanted a 70-200mm f/2.8. I preferred to have one with image stabilization. The Sigma brand is cheaper than Canon and for a non-professional, the quality isn’t that different. I decided to get one without IS which I could find for around $750. I was saving for this and while searching on Craigslist, I found someone who was selling their used one for $550. I had that amount already saved up so I got it! Yippee!

So I immediately came home to try it out. I’m very excited to zoom in. I live in the country & I always see hawks and birds that my kit lens never got a good close up of. This worked great. Although I used a high shutter speed, the baby hawks in a nest still came out blurry. I then used a tripod which helped but it wasn’t as clear as I hoped for.

The jury is still out on wether or not I’ll regret the purchase & wished I had purchased the one with IS. We shall see. Tonight I plan to attempt to shoot the moon & stars.

If you want to see the picture of the adult hawk feeding the baby hawks, you can see it on my Facebook photography page. It’s amazing I found this.

FB page is Gayle Raines Photography.

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Self Portrait

With my new camera, I went outside yesterday afternoon to take photographs during the “magic hour” or what I thought was the magic hour.  I couldn’t get my daughter to pose for me so I brought my tri-pod with me and setup.  I was the subject.  I used manual mode all the way and tried to adjust the settings but I think the white balance was off some because it seemed a bit washed out.  Perhaps I should have chosen a different shirt?

After I took a gazillion photos, I picked one of them and used an online tool to get rid of some smeared makeup, smoothed out my under eye darkness/wrinkles, I brightened my hair some then softened it.  My eyes are blue but I made them a little more blue then made it transparent so it wasn’t so obvious if you blew up the picture.  I added color to my lips which is obvious when you blow up the picture and I took a blemish off of my nose (I scratched it when putting on my makeup).  There were some other things done to the picture to brighten the green and darken the tree and my arm.  As mentioned, there wasn’t much on the auto correction done but to me it seemed washed out so I did some things to enhance it.  Anyway, it’s not completely untouched but it is the closest I could do.  Now here at the bottom is the comparison of the un-touched photo to the edited one.  Below that image is another picture where the was less editing but I thought the lighting was better on it from the start.  Hope you like it!

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My Raindrop Photo

For Christmas, I was given a Canon Rebel T1i DSLR.  It takes great pictures of course!  There are so many automatic modes that if I were to use those only then I end up with a very expensive point and click camera.  I’m learning the creative modes on adjusting the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, etc. 

It was pouring rain the other day so I thought it would be an opportunity for me to test the movement of water and how I can make it silky but also how I can capture the clarity of the rain as it dropped in the puddle of water that was made by the rain.  After a lot of shots, I only found one that I thought was good enough.  This wasn’t filmed in a studio so you can see the water itself has brown grass underneath.  Anyway, I just wanted to post this on my blog as I am well pleased with it!

I’ll appreciate any feedback/suggestions on the photo.  I can take constructive criticism well.  Also, if you want to comment with some photography tips, I welcome those too!

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