I bet you didn't even know I was expecting, did you?
For three and a half years I've hoped for his arrival. I've ached with loss and stared at other people's "babies" with envy. I can't put into words what it's like to have pieces of your life stripped away. To not know if you will ever regain a fraction of your old self or your old life back again.
My new arrival has already brought me such joy. I've been wanting to introduce you to him.
This camera is a big challenge for me. The 7D is definitely not light weight. I'm still figuring out the best way to manage it with my bum arm. I use a neck strap. I use my left arm for holding the brunt of the weight. My right hand is pretty much only used to click the actual shot. It's not easy and I can only take one or two photos before needing to rest or readjust my methods.
I won't lie … even taking baby steps, I'm putting myself in pain.
It is SO worth it.
Photography is something I've lost … something I'm fighting very hard to reclaim. It brings me so much happiness.
I'm improvising. I'm making adjustments and developing my own special techniques to compensate where I need to.
I went with a Canon because I've always had Canons in the past. I went with an EOS because I've shot with them for over 20 years. I have several Canon lenses from my pre-accident days. (If Canon would like to donate a few of the lenses on my wish list, I would be more than happy to kiss their ass on 24 for all eternity!)
This camera is so much smarter than I am. It will take me quite awhile to learn even a portion of what it's capable of.
Did I mention I love it? The clarity, the sharpness … are astounding to me. When I upload photos onto 24 they lose a little of their sharpness in the process. Nonetheless, I couldn't wait to share with you a few of my very first photos taken with my new baby.
You saw the sunrise photo I posted on Saturday?
Here's my Chocolate Lab (in sepia). This was the first photo I took with my new camera.
I never tire of taking photos of "my" mountains also. How could I? Every time I look at them they look different depending on how the light hits them. The color of the mountains alone changes hour by hour throughout the day. The shadows, the clouds, the very presence of the mountains changes continually.
What I see now … and I am only beginning to become accustom to this camera, is amazing detail and sharpness in the photos I take. The mountain shots were taken from my patio looking across to the other side of my canyon.
Sometimes the mountains look purple, sometimes blue, sometimes green, or brown depending on the time of day and the lighting..
Always, they are beautiful.
All these photos were taken with the 28-135 lens the camera came with. I took all the mountain pictures in an effort to become familiar with the camera and develop my own, improvised, method for holding it with my bum arm.
Once I felt a little more comfortable with my new baby, I changed the lens out for a 10-22 wide angle and headed down to Laguna Beach. (I used a polarizing filter also for those of you who are photography freaks out there!)
The cacti by the beach were blooming.
I love using a wide angle. It gives such an awesome perspective when used creatively.
I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with my new toy! Also, have I mentioned what a major triumph it is for me to be using a real camera again? I'm thrilled!
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