Friday, October 01, 2010

Shadow Shots: Lost in a Fog

Misty Morning

Early fog bathes the woods in shadow. I wonder how it looks from the hawk's point of view. (Maximize this page for the full crop or click on the photo for the full view.)

I'm still using archived photos because I still don't have a camera. My G9 is on extended loan to my college kid for a class he's taking, and I'm buying my first DSLR.

I've settled on the Cannon T2i and a low-end telephoto zoom lens with IS, but I can only get as far as the checkout screen. I can't bring myself to complete the transaction. I know this camera is considered by serious photographers to be crummy beginner gear, but it's a big chunk o' change to me.

Maybe next week.

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19 comments:

Martha Z said...

Nice, misty morning.

I used a reble xt with only 8mp for years and got great pictures. I recently upgraded to the 50 D because it is more durable and I am know to be clumsy when hiking. I still use the Rebel when I need two lenses.
The T2i should serve you well, don't let anyone tell you it isn't a worthy camera.

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful misty, foggy capture! I love it! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Kiki said...

Gorgeous and atmospheric...lovely!!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Looks like postcard, huh? The eagle really seems lost in this foggy day.

Happy SS...
/chie

anka said...

Your shadow shot makes me feel a little bit cold. Which means you captured exactly how the fog feels like. Nice work!

Ralph said...

The hawk may have a hard time finding breakfast in the fog and shadow...

Buy the camera you want - no need to try to please the photographer snobs, they’re all curmudgeons. Any DSLR will work just fine - it’s not the equipment, it is the eye of the photo artist. You are good, ditch the purists...

In a wheelchair, I use a point and shoot as it is easier. Someday I will have a DSLR, I only need to rig up a mount for the heavy camera. The purist may now hate my point-and-shoot, but no matter to me. I just fire away...

EG Wow said...

Lovely capture, Vicki! I have a Canon XSi and like it very much. Sure I want a better camera someday...but the T2i should take great photos. I think you'll be quite happy with it.

MyMaracas said...

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. I have been lurking in DSLR forums, and it's been an intimidating experience.

But I think, really, that you are right, Ralph. It isn't really so much about the equipment as the vision behind it. Like you, I need a light weight camera too, which limits one's choices.

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

What a fabulous foggy photo, it deserves to be brought out of the archives. I agree with all above…buy the camera that is right for you and ignore those that would look down their nose. A good photo comes from your eye and your heart. I recently met a girl with the fanciest camera I had ever seen an amateur hold….. She couldn’t use any of its functions; she had no intention of desire to learn how to use it. It was just a fancy brand name accessory, she will not take a better photo than you just because she has the top of the range camera…..

Marina said...

beautiful and evocative scene! i really like it.

chubskulit said...

So beautiful!

My entry is in here, have a blessed Sunday!

Hey Harriet said...

That's a gorgeous foggy photo! I agree with all that's been said in the comments already about a new camera. It is very much the person behind the equipment that can make a great photo. Many of my fave photos were taken by people using crappy plastic toy cameras! Fancy DSLRs are great and all, but a good eye with a point & shoot can achieve just as good results I believe. Don't listen to the DSLR snobs on the forums. Get whatever you're comfortable with and is affordable. And I look forward to seeing the photos you take with whichever camera you decide to get :)

Laura said...

Gorgeous foggy scene! You have a wonderful eye!

Daryl said...

A good DSLR is never cheap ... but think of all the years you will use it .. amortize it over those projected yeas of use and its not so bad ... (I didnt get mine til I inherited some $$ so its easy for me to say, huh).

Rambling Woods said...

I know..everyone has an opinion about cameras and the really really serious (and rich) photographers buy expensive stuff ... I hope you like this one when you decide to buy it.. I think I got the rebel from Beach Camera online...Michelle

MyMaracas said...

I really appreciate your input, everyone. I did finally click that "submit" button, and the new camera is on the way. We'll see what happens.
:-)

fdtate said...

Who said the Canon T2i was crappy gear? From what I can tell, it seems to be a perfectly fine entry-level DSLR. Go by reviews from reputable sources, not by what someone said on a forum. Sure it might not be the latest and greatest, but it also doesn't cost as much as a new car. And we all have to stay within our budgets, don't we?

A camera is just a tool. What matters more is what the photographer can do with the tools they have. If you've been taking all these photos with a point and shoot -- even a high end point and shoot like the G9 -- you'll do great with any DSLR out there. Glad you finally decided to hit the "submit" button.

fdtate said...

Just ran across this list of "best entry-level digital SLR cameras" from CNet. All the cameras are rated 3.5 out of 5 stars - which is what you're going to get unless you want to pay much more than $1000 for just a body. The T2i is at the top of the list.

http://reviews.cnet.com/best-prosumer-dslr-cameras/

Murr Brewster said...

I admit I know nothing about cameras, but the "waiting a week" is an excellent idea when it comes to electronics. I dithered about a purchase recently and it dropped twenty percent. I think if I wait another month, they'll pay me to take it.