365 | week 1 |

Monday, January 7, 2013







Thanks to Lauren's shout-out on her blog last week I felt pretty motivated to go ahead and start on the 365 project. These things, of course, are much more fun when you know you will have friend or two to share it with. It's also easier to stay on task when you also feel accountable to someone else (even you make up that accountability to someone else in order to actually be accountable to yourself. It's all about the mind tricks people.). It didn't sound that hard, after all, but by saturday I found myself ready to give up already because I suddenly had no idea what to take a photo of. Then I decided that the real problem wasn't me, it was my camera's fault for no longer providing me with that lovin' feelin'. So, then I found myself looking at new DSLR's, then I found myself looking at mirrorless cameras, then I found myself all sorts of confused (some claim dslrs are becoming obsolete, but I don't know about that. however I didn't believe those before that that said film would (largely) become obsolete). In the end I found myself doing my taxes to see what kind of camera I could afford with my tax returns (deductions. camera - future deduction). At least my downward spiral resulted in getting a dreaded task completed. Hurray!

I am still on the fence about which camera to get . . . I am not loyal to any brand as many people are, but I think I am ready for a long term committed relationship. I started with a canon AE-1 back in the day when I took a couple years of photography in college, learning both photography and working in the darkroom in tandem. Later I switched to a Pentax K-1000 and that is probably my most favorite camera that I have ever used; I have since compared every photo to what it might have looked like with that old metal beast and some deadly chemicals. But those deadly chemicals terrified me and I eventually tore down my darkroom and sold it off. After that I made the switch to DSLR and got a Canon eos rebel xt. I still use it though I have been over it for the last couple years; in fact I never really loved it. With that I never invested in canon lenses, so I am open - open to suggestions, hint hint. I am leaning towards sticking with dslr and maybe getting a used body . . . maybe canon 60d or nikon d7000 / d90? That way I can put money towards that wide angle lens I have been dreaming of for the last couple years. Or simply getting a new (aka not used) entry level kit (canon t3i / nikon 5100). What camera/s do you use? Any things I might think about when shopping for one?

Hope you all had a great weekend! I had a scare this weekend when all of my pinterest boards disappeared for about 36 hours. I thought my days with pinterest were over. My weekend ended on the perfect note of relaxing on my sofa watching the season premiere of downton abbey, the wait is over!

27 comments:

  1. Christine, I love your photos! There's nothing better than getting a new camera. I invested a couple of Christmases ago and do not regret it at all! So jealous that you are getting to see the new Downton Abbey, it's not available to watch here in London, but at least I'll have something to look forward to when I get home!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. it sounds like your adventures are totally worth the downton abbey wait! i know i won't regret getting a camera, if anything i regret putting it off for so long - but it's certainly an investment and i think now is the right time to make it : )

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  2. That first photo is simply adorable, Christine! I have a Nikon D3100 and I am very happy with it.
    Ada

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    1. thank you, i love it too. M+L wrestle and fight but they kiss and snuggle with equal fervor. i have been looking at the d3100 too. it's so hard to choose! good to know you love yours!

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  3. I’ve been dabbling in a-photo-a-day too and so far I am loving it, although apparently it doesn’t count if you use your phone and I just can’t be bothered to lug my dslr around the city with me every day! I’ve got an old sony a200 and I have to admit it drives me mental, I am loooooong overdue for a new camera but like you, I am divided! Would love to hear what you decide on in the end, I’ve got my eye on a Nikon D3100 like Ada's!

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    1. I say pffft to it not counting if you use your phone! Go for it! Who cares what your tool of choice is, right? ;)

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    2. i agree with lauren! i think phone photos are fine. in fact the 365 project has a spot where you can see which cameras are most used (i referred to it a lot while perusing cameras) and the iphone is number one or two i think. i will definitely post what i decide, of course!

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  4. Cristine it's amazing your project!!!! I also want to learn more about photography and choosing the right camera is essencial. I also wish you a happy 2013!

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  5. That really is quite the blogging coincidence, isn't it? I love my 60D, though I only just got it so that may have something to do with it. So far so good though! I was really looking for the best camera to combine video with photos, as video is a big part of my work. And really I chose it because it was the best specs for what I could afford. All round a good camera though :)

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    1. small world : )

      see, i know a lot of the newer cameras are upgraded with the video capabilities which i personally don't "need." so i am trying to be too swayed by all the new bells and whistles and get something that will be great for low light stills . . . the 60d seems to be good on both fronts. it's a top contender for sure!

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  6. I had a Nikon dslr for my whole college career and switched to Canon two years ago. My mom still shoots with a Nikon and some of my old lenses and loves it. I weighed getting a 60d, 7d, or t2i and ended up with the t2i. People raved about that camera, and I totally understand why. It's virutally the same as the 7d but in a smaller package, and I go everywhere with it. There's an amazing 50mm lens Canon makes for under $100 that I would marry if it were doable. The price of the t2i has come down since the t3i and t4i have been released, and there is virtually no difference in the models. In fact, the t2i outranks the t3i in size, weight, start-up time, image quality and shutter lag: http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-T3i-vs-Canon_EOS_Rebel_T2i

    I'd recommend you just buy the body and a good lens you'll love. The lens is really the difference-maker. That said, your photographs are beautiful! You could take a picture with a disposable camera and still turn out great photographs. My brother just set up a new darkroom in the basement of his new house after not having one for a few years (my nieces were too young to be around all those chemicals). I miss the darkroom. I spent what felt like years there in college for my major. Now I want to get back into film! Good luck on your 365 journey! Can't wait to look back at the end of the year and see what we all accomplished. xo

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    1. very interesting, you know i read that the t3i is upgraded via the video mainly and the t2i is better for stills. i can get decent shots on almost anything (anyone can) but for my pillows (my new ones hopefully!!!) i really, really want to upgrade my product shots. and, like you, i live in a house with little light and a city that is mostly cloudy/rainy, so sharp low light images is a must (so is that wide angle). all that to say that i was really looking at the t2i but i am finding that they are hard to find or cost even more than the new models! humph. i love film too and i keep my old pentax for "if i ever, someday . . ." but oh the chemicals, they used to keep me awake at night worrying about having them in my house! are you still doing the 365? where?

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  7. that first picture is soooo cute!!

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    1. thanks courtney! yes, the d5100 is on my short list for sure. good to know because i love how sharp all your images are and that's what i want.

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  9. Oh yay! Your photos! It's so nice to see them here, writ large as opposed to on the project site. That azure sky one is still my favorite. I'm so glad you came along. It's nice to have some encouragement, isn't it? There are tons of prompts out there if you get stuck, and I decided that the first thing I'm going to do if I feel antsy is pick a color and go for that.

    I'm a Canon girl. I started with a film Nikon when I was a teenager but all those skills are long forgotten. My first Canon was one of the Rebel series...can't remember which one, but I loved it. Erin is good help with that kind of thing. Her mind is like a trap! Last year, just a year ago now, I upgraded to a 5DmII. It's a full frame camera and suits my needs quite well. And I can't say enough good things about that 50mm as well. I lurve it!

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    1. i thought about doing a sky theme, so i figured when i am feeling stumped, unmotivated, cold, lazy, forgetful - i'll just go with that. but i decided against a theme because, well, how fun is that? it's about pushing yourself a bit too, no? and yes, erin had some good advice! and OH, how i would love a 5d mark ll! but that's just not in my budget this go around and probably more of a want than need anyway. i am trying to keep realistic (it's tough though!). i actually have an old glass 50 mm on my rebel xt and i never, ever take it off because the only lens i have other than that is the kit lens, which is terrible. it's also forced me to only shoot in manual mode which i much prefer too.

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  10. I used to work in darkrooms too and I enjoyed it. I still prefer analog to digital but the latter are obviously more practical. Good luck with selecting the right camera. xo

    LUXESSED

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    1. yes, i think when you have worked with film it's difficult to not compare it to digital. but my digital is about 10 years old, so i am thinking technology has much improved in the last decade : ) with that i know no matter what i get is really going to be an improvement!

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  11. Happy 2013, Christine! I've just been spending a bit of time reading past posts and filling myself with inspiration. I received a mirrorless camera (the Lumix) last year for Christmas, along with a pancake lens. Sadly, I haven't invested the time to learn how to properly use it. (I rely way too much on my iPhone!)
    In high school, I shot with my dad's Nikon which I think he still has and, in college, I took a photography class including dark room time. There is something cool and old school about dark rooms. But, you're right, the chemicals! Eek!

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  12. Beautiful images. Well done! And great start to the new year.

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  13. Just how did you capture two adorable angels in your first snap! Masterpiece!!

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  14. I love that first shot. It is so precious and beautifully composed. I bought a new camera this summer and was convinced to buy a mirrorless lens system camera which has the capabilities of the dslr but is more compact. I have the Panasonic GX1 and I love it. I can buy a wide variety of lenses to go with it too. Good luck on your search!

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  15. One of my creative goals in 2013 is to take better pics. So reading through these comments has been inspiring for me.

    PS Please add your website link to your squarespace bio so my readers can link back to your blog via your comments. Or if it is easier you can sign on as a guest and type in your link.

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  16. Beautiful pics, Christine, good luck with your project! I started 365 last year, too(http://meehameeha.blogspot.com/search/label/365), but never finished after about 6 months because it was also my first year in blogging and too much all together. Still, it meant a great deal of photography learning experience :)

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