Photography


As of May 2013, all photos on my blog are taken with a Nikon D7000.  I love this camera!  I used my first DSLR (see below) for several years and finally felt that I was ready to upgrade.
 
In May 2013 I also purchased a new lens.  I was about to go on a European vacation and I thought a wide angle lens would really round out my collection and be great for travel photography.  This lens is a bit of an investment, but I think it was a great purchase.  I researched several options and decided on the Nikon AF-S 10-24 f/3.5.
 
This lens is a lot of fun to use!
 
Here are a few shots taken with the 10-24:
 
 { St. Peter's Basilica, Rome 2013 }

{ Trevi Fountain, Rome 2013 }

{ Rome, 2013 }
 
Prior to May 2013, all photos on my blog were taken with my Nikon D40.  See information below.  All lens info below is still current - I still use my 35mm for most of the photos you see here on the blog.
 
 
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I bought my Nikon D40 in Spring 2007.  I've always enjoyed taking photos and upgraded to a DSLR a few weeks before a cruise to Alaska.  I shot with the kit lens (Nikon 18-55mm) for the first two years of owning the camera - and I might add, on Auto!  Now I shoot mostly in Aperture Priority mode (A on Nikons) and 99.9% of the time do not use a flash.
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{ Alaska, 2007; one of the first shots with the D40 }
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{ another from Alaska }
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The lens I use 95% of the time is the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S .  For a review of this lens click here.  I love this lens and since purchasing my photography has really changed.  I can't recommend this lens enough - it is a great value!
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Photos using this lens:
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{ St. John, 2010 }
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.{ St. John, 2010 }

{ St. Thomas, 2010 }
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{ World's Cutest Brother, Summer 2009 }
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I also own a Nikon 55-200 VR.  This is a zoom lens and is great for action or sports shots.  I don't use it often but I think it's a great lens.  Read a review here.
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An action shot with the 55-200:
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{ World's cutest Brother, Fall 2009 }
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Here's another shot with the 55-200 zoomed in:
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Photography Resources:

* Pinch of Yum has a wonderful e-book for food photography.  It is very easy to understand with simple tricks and tips to quickly take your food photography to the next level.  You can read more about it and purchase HERE.

* To edit my photos I use GIMP.  GIMP is a free photo editing program that was recommended to me by my IT specialist at work.  I use Photoshop at work and GIMP is set up in a similar way so it is fairly easy for me to use.  Normally, all I do to edit my photos is boost the brightness or contrast.  To download a free version of GIMP click here.
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* One of my favorite sites for photography inspiration is Karen Russell.  Check out her blog, Snapshots of a Good Life right here.
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For camera gear recommendations and reviews I like Ken Rockwell.  Visit his site here.
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