You are now reading the blog post of the proud owner of a Nikon D5000. Call me materialistic; remind me that possessions do not make life fulfilling; tell me that it’s what’s inside that counts… But the truth is, right now it feels pretty damn fulfilling ticking off yet another item on my Big To-Do List.
It’s been nearly ten years since I poked around with an SLR camera. With a digicam, there’s always the luxury of setting everything on auto mode, but every time I’m tempted to do that, I’ll remind myself of the money I could have saved by sticking to my old point-and-shoot.
Here are the first few shots I took — all manual settings:
1. Clearly underexposed. Time to revisit the textbooks, perhaps?
2. Much better. I really like how well the colours come out, but does the focusing seems a bit off, for starters?
3. *sigh* I really have to work on my composition skills.
Along with the camera body, the package consisted of an 18-55 VR lens, a UV filter (it was either that or a cleaning kit), a camera bag (nothing fancy) and a very basic tripod. Not sure how useful the tripod is going to be — it looks a bit rickety.
A friend happened to say to me in a completely different context: “It’s high time we started doing some of the things we always longed for.” Amen to that. The first time I did such a thing was back in 2006 when a ten-year dream of holidaying in the Lake District came to fruition. And there have been a few others on the way. Call me shallow, but it feels good each time.