Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Fickle, fickle me.

So remember how I was so excited about getting my Rebel XT? Well, we were walking through Wal-mart the other day and walked by the camera display. They happened to have a Nikon D40 and I picked it up. My hands said, "Ahh, this is one comfy camera to hold." and I was thrown into a state of indecision. I have to admit, that since playing with my Rebel I had commented a few times about it not being the most comfortable camera to hold. So we took a trip into town to the camera store so I could hold them both and play with them both. I just couldn't decide. The Rebel has more intuitive features, but the Nikon is much more comfortable. I had this same dilemma when buying our minivan. Honda=features, Toyota=comfort. I ended up with the Toyota and have regretted it since. I didn't want to make the same wrong decision. So we came home and I read so much on the internet about the two cameras that my brain about burst. Finally I decided, comfort trumped easier to access features. If I wasn't comfy holding my camera I woudn't enjoy taking pictures as much. So we headed back to the camera store and I am now a proud owner of a Nikon D40x. I went with the X to get the higher megapixels. The one thing I LOVE about the Nikon that the Cannon didn't have it Auto ISO. I won't go into details, but it's fabulous for this indoor picture taking, tripod hating mommy.

So of course I have to show off pictures from my new camera. And here are some (with a little help from Photoshop, of course):

On Saturday, after the camera exchange fiasco we drove down to the beach right as a big storm was rolling past. I shot this photo with my point and shoot since the Nikon's battery was still charging. The clouds looked so cool!

Since there were hail warnings back at home we decided to stay out at the beach. We had dinner at a place called Flounders. It was a little pricey, but you got lots of really good food. Here are my cuties posing outside:

Last night for family night we went bowling. Ella had so much fun. She wouldn't even think about doing it granny style. She had to put her fingers in the holes everytime and try and roll it. Most of the time it was more of a throw and a thunk. She would do a little victory dance everytime. It was soooooo cute! See...

Anton was on a roll, getting strikes left and right:

Another cute one of Ella:

And here are a couple I photoshopped. (Is that a word?) I love Ella's look of dejection in this one:

It needs a re-do since I can see a bit of a halo around her. She is really dark in the original. Oh well. Here's another one I shot and PSed of just the lanes:

I won't even tell you how poorly I bowled. But Ella got a 37 and that was not counting all the points she didn't get because she kept stepping over the line and fouling.

I've also been scrapping a bit, when I could manage to put my camera down. Here are the pages I've done:

You can find credits and leave love here.

Credits and love here.

Could this post be any longer? That's why I should post more often! But I better go grab a shower while baby is still sleeping! Have a good one!


JennStar said...

How fun!!! What a great birthday gift! And the photos are beautiful!!! Have fun with your new toy!

Lisa Joy said...

Enjoy your camera! You take amazing photos

Chels said...

Yay for Nikon! i have a D50 and love it.

miraDesigns said...

That picture of the storm is WOW! And it's so cute that Ella's doing that victory dance! Would have loved to see it! :)

Mandy said...

Congrats on your new camera! LOVE that shot you took of the storm. Fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog!

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Sara said...

First off, Happy Belated Birthday!!! You lucky girl with the new camera!! Those pics are beautiful and yes, I believe Photoshopped is a word, at least in digi land!!! Those bowling pics are a blast. Emma went to a birthday party a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it!! She scored better than all of the other kids there {they were all 6 and 7, she's almost 4!!} Hope you are doing well!!