It shows a magical street of a lovely city called Gyor in Hungary.
We like going there, it’s a nice place.
Since, as you might already know, I never leave my pictures untouched (because that would cause my brain to break), I had to open it in my editing software (Photoshop Elements Eight) and play with it for awhile.
This is what I did, step-by-step…
The original picture.
No editing at all.
I like the magic of the place.
I like how the shadows and bright spots interact.
I like how the history still lives and breathes there.
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.