28 December 2010

Guess What I Got for Christmas...???!!

Jingle bells Jingle bellssssss... I got a fancy camera on Christmas morning...! Hallelujah!!

I spent the day figuring out how to use it...
Enjoying aperture priority, shutter speed priority and the ability to set the ISO speed!
I think I have figured out the basics... but my freind Meg might be able to help me fine tune things...

In the meantime here are a few of my snaps...

Talking to England on the phone. Nice light huh??

I like this one. Nice and close.

The Christmas Table under the grape vine... now how do I make the background blurry???

Mmmmm Sangria, my specialty drink. I also perfected the art of Egg Nog and Pina Coladas. Anyone want to come over and try one? Check out my shiny silver goblets. I spent two hours polishing them.

I even ironed the tablecloth. And the serviettes. Which were tied up with silver ribbon. We were very posh. (Loved that Jacobs Creek Summer Moscato, mmmm, bubbles...)

Awwww. Hugs for Grandma. I really want to figure out how to blur that darn background!
Nice. This one's better.
Here's a cheeky face worth photographing. This guy stayed in his new Christmas PJ's all day.
I just can't resist a cheeky face. And is that a blurry background I see before me?? Nearly.
Eeek. Macro'd just a bit too much. Mr G is looking a bit rough here. Nice smile tho.
Look at my super zoom macro! A teensy ladybug on our damask tablecloth. The detail!

Ooh and look! I was laying on the outdoor couch and I zoomed right in on the grapevine leaves... in the blurry background?? A Pohutukawa, our New Zealand Christmas Tree... just a little bit arty, aye?

What better way to spend Christmas afternoon than on top of your bunk bed with the neighbours building Lego...??
Or playing with your new Roary the racing car on your last year's parking garage..?
Or applying your Christmas stocking makeup...?
Why practising your photo-taking on your new Christmas camera of course!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

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Gail said...

Yay for you!! A great pressie!! I still don't know about any of that flash stuff - and don't think I have memory retention to be able to learn any of it!! I would like to get a small point and shoot camera too just to keep in my bag because I find the bigger ones a mission to carry around - my lazy-itis speaking!!

Lyns said...

Very cool!! xx

PaisleyJade said...

Yay for you! This is a great (free) place for learning stuff: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/

Unknown said...

Yay! How fun! To get a blurry background, set it on AV priority and then adjust the number... the smaller the number (f-stop) the blurrier the background will be. Great for portrait shots. Higher numbers are good when you want the background and foreground in focus, like when you are shooting a landscape. HAVE FUN!

Sammy said...

What a great pressie! I can't wait to see what amazing-ness you create with it!
P.S. We are in Tauranga over New Years xxx

Losing Brownies said...

What a fantastic present! It's a gift that keeps giving!

Leonie said...

woohooo Simone!! what a great christmas pressie!!
I have a fancy pancy camera and still use Auto because I just cant figure it all out.. but I will one day! I need to think about it without my other three budding photographers 'helping'!!lol..

Ann Kroeker said...

Congratulations! How fun is that? Love this collection of snapshots showing not only how awesome your camera is but also how awesome your family is (and you!)!

May 2011 be the Year of the Photo, as you capture many moments of wonder, delight and joy!

Holly Lefevre said...

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! What a fabulous gift. I love how you captured the day with your new present!

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