Can you see any similarity between these two pictures?
You surely can.
The picture on the right-hand side is a part the picture on the left.
When I take photos at home (mostly in my kitchen) I usually have loads of time to concentrate, think things through and snap a picture whose composition looks optimal to me.
But when I shoot outside things happen a bit faster in comparison to what I’m used to.
Well, nobody said life was going to be easy.
But instead of asking people and animals one by one to move more slowly for the sake of my photography I chose another tactics.
When I see something worth capturing I rather concentrate on preserving the activity itself than on an eye-pleasing composition of the picture.
I leave that till later.
This is the original picture – straight out of camera.
No editing at all.
I liked it but I thought that the funny action in the foreground deserved a little more detail.
So I clicked the crop tool from the left-hand tool palette and then selected the area of the picture that I wanted to keep.
Next I decided that a slight angle could work here.
So by holding the little square…
My hand just slipped (I was drinking mulled wine that evening, I think) and for the first time in my life I found out that you can rotate a crop – the little squares in the corners of the rectangular selection are meant for that.
I was amazed.
And then I clicked ENTER to finish the crop.
This is the new selection.
It looks much more funny this way.
I love it when accidents like this happen.
Has it ever happened to you, too – learning new things in photography by accidents?
At least until the time about one year ago when I decided that I needed to get some more beauty and color into my life and a camera seemed to be the best device to help me in that quest.
Grabbing a camera might have been a really tiny step for a mankind but to me it was huge.
I don’t really understand how it might work but through the lens of a camera beauty gets magnified, colors become richer, little worlds get bigger, unknown reveals itself and, as a sweet result, a soul gets happy.
My camera journey started with a cute little blue point-and-shoot from Olympus called Mju: 600.
I love the name.
When I started to take photos with the point-and-shoot I knew completely nothing about photography.
Still, that little blue thing allowed me to take rather lovely pictures.
Like this one.
Or this one from our vacation in Hungary.
But when it came to food – which meant getting very close to the photographed subjects – it didn’t look optimal.
The pictures were blurry.
Even if I had a sufficient dose of caffeine and my hands weren’t shaking.
I just knew I needed more.
Since I am a very lucky person in general, I remembered that my boyfriend had bought a big solid camera a couple of months back.
It was Canon 1000D (in US known as Rebel XS).
I knew he loved his camera but I also knew I needed it.
So, what would a decent girl do in such a situation?
She steals the camera and snaps away like no one’s business.
This is the first picture that I took with my new camera.
I made it after I’d received one minute’s worth of camera-operating instructions from my man.
One minute of instructions, that’s what I asked for because my attention can’t take any more.
Nevertheless, I was impressed with the result.
The pictures were crisper and more professional looking.
I loved it.
As time went by (and my boyfriend went slightly mad) me and the camera became good buddies.
When the light was sufficient we were able to do wonders.
But when there was little light and I had to bump up the ISO to its full potential – which is 1600 – then that nasty grainy noise appeared.
I hated the noise.
You can clearly see it in the background of the above picture.
The noise mostly was the reason why I, again, wanted more.
And since, as you already know, I am a very lucky person, the family board (consisting of me and my boyfriend) agreed to buy me this Canon 550D camera (in US known as Rebel T2i).
To make the family board agree it only took a little – basically we are talking about six months of throwing myself regularly on the floor, a lot of high-pitched screaming and many different forms of threatening toward the other member of the family board.
When I got the camera I took a few pictures and then I died.
Then I took some more pictures and died again.
The camera had quite a few wonderful features.
I especially appreciated that it had 18 megapixel resolution (the Canon 1000D had only 10 megapixels).
And the second thing which makes me almost cry is its unbelievable 12800 ISO.
That ISO means that you can carelessly stand in the darkest corner of your kitchen on a gloomy rainy day with no lights on over a pan of frying cauliflower and take the most wonderful pictures with your ISO working at only one quarter of its potential.
That’s gorgeous, my friends!
But do you want to know what’s even more gorgeous?
There’s almost no noise!
Oh. My. Gosh.
I just love this camera.
I love it from the bottom of my heart… up to the top of my heart.
Camera Model: Canon EOS 1000D (EOS Rebel XS)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm
Focal Length: 55 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/3200
The place where we’ve moved recently seems to be inhabited by people who love water.
I keep my eyes wide open to watch the folks since this kind of humans is completely new to me.
To get from one place to another, they either use boats or ferries, and if they really need to travel by car, they definitely have their beloved water vehicles of various kinds in tow.
But when I think about it, it’s pretty understandable – I have never seen a place with such an amazing water network as here.
As a result, me and my boyfriend spend loads and loads of time just wandering around and taking pleasure in all that beauty. The picture above is loot from one of our gorgeous trips around here.
I took it in the afternoon when it was still rather bright outside. The explanation as to why the picture is so dark is that I pointed the camera focus at the sun reflection. Trying to expose that crazy-bright spot correctly, the camera underexposed the rest of the image.
And I loved it.
(Though, I probably should be just quiet since I have this very faint memory of reading something about not pointing the camera at the sun. So you may as well not listen to me at all.)