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Photography and Me

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment

This story starts with me fooling around online, looking for the latest and greatest free software to mess around with during my spare time (which it seems like I have less and less every week). That led me to Picasa, a free online photo storage service provided by Google. In case you haven’t heard of it, check it out here: http://picasa.google.com/.  I should probably also mention that Google offers so much free stuff that I’m not sure why anybody pays for things anymore. Check out their Google Docs, Sites, Books, Finance, NoteBook, GOOG-411 (that’s right, no more charges for dialing 411 if you just dial GOOG411) etc, etc… Check it out here http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/ . Talk about going off on a tangent, anyways, when I started messing with Picasa I realized you could “explore” other peoples’ pictures from around the world. I was captivated by the amazing shots regular folks (i.e., non-professionals) were taking… needless to say I was hooked. I had been looking for a new hobby to dedicate my spare time to and I had found it: PHOTOGRAPHY!

Then came the hard part, researching all the different cameras (DSLRs vs “advanced” point and shoot cameras) and analyzing whether my budget would blow up if I made certain purchases. Needless to say, my budget did blow up, but not as badly as it could have, thanks to some self-restraint and a girlfriend who keeps me in check (thanks baby!). I decided to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS in order to take my first baby steps into the world of photography because I really wasn’t ready for a full DSLR, lenses, filters, etc. I am glad to say it was a great decision! The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS is a wonderful camera with 10MP and 20X zoom, not to mention countless other features, which I am still learning how to use properly. Basically, its a mini-DSLR – a great camera for an amateur learning the ropes. 

Then came the HARDEST part, learning to use the damn thing. Under exposed, over exposed, blurred, grainy, ISOs, depth of focus, f-stops, long exposure, etc. The amount of information necessary to take great pictures is mind boggling. I really don’t understand how people used to do this before digital cameras came around. Can you imagine carrying around 10 different types of film, waiting days to see what kind of shots you took, not having technologies like remotes for snagging pictures on your tripod from a distance… it boggles my mind. Anyways, the learning curve has been quite steep and I know my pictures are still not great but I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy constantly learning new techniques with regards to photographing landscapes, people, animals etc. If you’re interested in looking at some of my “better” pictures, you can check them out here: http://picasaweb.google.com/omart007

Here is a sample:

My Ghostly Image

My Ghostly Image

Duckys

Duckys