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Fire Sunset

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New Day

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Back in the fray

Unfortunately my vacation days are over and I am back at work. After 4 weeks at home (the longest vacation/time off I ever had) it takes a while to get used to being at the office again, but I am getting there.

In the meantime in The Cave, the kitchen renovation is almost done and it looks MUCH better now. Still, my wish to make pictures and post them has been denied because it does not look “perfect”, there are some thing left to be painted. So maybe this coming weekend.

The bathroom upstairs is almost ready too and in the last weekend we cleaned and renovated the small room downstairs where we have the washer and the dryer. Before it was yucky and ugly, now it’s clean and with gypsum on the walls instead of wallpaper. It also has a new floor and the room is properly sealed. The previous owners were pigs, no other way to say it.

I started doing more stuff with my new Canon. First of all I was a bit surprised to find out it does not come with any kind of memory card so I got a 16GB SD Card from Amazon and now everything is fine. Most of the time I shoot in RAW format and I do the post-processing in Lightroom or RawTherapee if I am in Linux, so the extra space on the SD card is welcomed because one RAW file can take up to 20MB.

I still have a lot to learn but I have reactivated my Flickr and Deviantart accounts and I started posting there my first attempts. I have also updated the blog with a small widget which displays the latest flickr Deviantart uploads (the flickr widget looked crappy).

I wish I would have some faster lenses, even something cheap like the Canon EF 50mm/ 1,8/ Objektiv II for a start, but that’s really not a priority right now so it’ll have to wait I guess. 

Canon EOS 450D

Canon 450D (or EOS Rebel XSi in the States, EOS Kiss X2 in Japan) is my new camera. So far I’ve been using a simple point’n'shoot camera (a Nikon Coolpix 550c) or the camera from my Nokia N85. But the truth is I wanted to get a DSLR since a while now and since I found a good deal at the T-online shop (including 0% financing) I decided to finally get it.

The EOS 450D is considered mid-range, so it’s not exactly entry level, but I think it’s a good camera to start in the world of digital photography. Some features:

  • 12 Megapixels
  • it came with 18-55mm EF-S lenses, with IS (Image Stabilization)
  • nice and big 3 Inch LCD monitor
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • SD Card slot (as opposed to the CompactFlash used in the previous models of the EOS series)

Of course, it has many more features, too many to list here. It will take me a while until I get comfortable with everything, it’s quite a big change from the normal compact cameras.

I’ve been reading a lot on the subject and now I am no longer clueless about things like ISO speed, aperture, exposure, shutter speed and so on. I am also interested in HDR photography  and I am anxious to give it a go, whenever the weather will get better.

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