Thursday, July 12, 2007

New Toy

It was my birthday a couple of days ago and I got a new toy. My wonderful DH got me a Canon Digital Rebel XT!!! I'm so excited. I've been wanting one for years! Now I just have to learn how to use it. And since I got a new camera Ella decided she could commandeer my point and shoot. Here's a pic she took of me opening my new camera:

Anton got to use my new one to snap the candle blowing out pics:

The birthday festivities were fun. I got to do whatever I wanted all day long. We went to the library in the morning so I could get some books. By lunch time we'd given up waiting on opening the presents and having cake. Anton had a medical appointment so while he was gone I played with my new camera. I filled up an entire 1GB card trying to figure out how to work it. I made us pad thai for dinner. It came out so much better than last time. It was yummy. I meant to take a picture of it, but we ate too fast.

Yesterday we went to the book store where I paid too much for the book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. I read it all and now my camera makes so much more sense! If you are struggling to figure out the relationship between all the different settings on your camera, this is a great book! Lots of pictures too.

So this afternoon we braved the 90+ degree heat to go to the park so I could practice my new camera skills. I got some pretty good shots I think. Here they are:

This last one is my favorite I think. Though the one of Ella on the dock is a close second. I played with them in photoshop afterwards of course. Even with a fancy new camera I couldn't get pictures that nice right off the chip.

Now I must ask, can a child be too cute? Because I think my kids are doing a good job of being just that. Of course, they have been my models for all of my photo shoot practice and they don't mind posing one bit. So just to prove that my kids verge on too cute, here you go:

I haven't been doing any scrapbooking because I've been too busy taking pictures! I better get crackin' though, because the end of the month is creeping up and I don't want to have 10 LO's to do in 3 days! Maybe I'll go do one right now. Or maybe I'll be brave and post some of my pictures over at Flickr. We'll see.


Andrea said...

I love the photo ella took and WOW Alex looks so much like Lane!! It's the way cute hair cut!!! Such a big boy!! Love those photos!! I am jealous

miraDesigns said...

Happy belated birthday to you and congrats on getting that camera! That's got to be one of the best gifts one can ever get! I'm so excited for you! :) And can't believe you got that great pics after just few days. Can't wait to see more!