But, it's an orange! Well, isn't that the story of my life!
It's an attitude, It's a lifestyle, It's me.
Make the best of what God has given you. We all have crazy lives, crazy jobs, and we all have crazy families, but mine takes the cake! (If your family and reading this, it's not you I'm talking about!) Living the just peachy life is all about taking the crazy and making the best of it. Life may hand your oranges when you asked for peaches, but hey, they are both sweet, orange and edible, so it's all good.
If you've been on facebook for more than a month, you've seen the memes, joking about how in the south we don't hide our crazy, we set it on the front porch to wave at the neighbors and have cocktail. Believe me, I've got crazy. Most I won't torture you with. But, some stories you will pass along on the my blogging journey. In case you haven't figured it out already, I am from the south, not the Georgia Peach south, but the Lance Cracker, Texas Pete, Pepsi Cola, North Carolina South. I've been known to add peanuts to my coke, but that coke better be a Pepsi. I'll throw out a Y'all for one person or forty. I can bless a heart, and push my buggy over at the Lowes Grocery. I believe biscuits and gravy are considered a meal. Pintos are better with cornbread, Cheerwine is a delicacy, and everybody needs a good hunting dog (ok, not really. I do like dogs, though). I know how to walk in heels (thanks to many trips up and down my grandmother's hall with a dictionary on my head), I can address an envelope properly, know the importance of an timely RSVP, and can set a proper brunch table (not that I do THAT very often).
Football is almost a religion in our house. But, we're nice and support each other's teams, unless they're playing each other! I have a pinterest board dedicated to Food for Football Sundays! There's more good football food in on this board, What a Man Eats or Beer and Bacon. I love to cook, ride my motorcycle, or be the B on the back with my mostly prince charming.
I just recently applied to Graduate school for nursing and am waiting to here about that. I am sure some blog posts will be related to that! My "day job" is as a nurse. Right now I am working at a large hospital in my area in the cancer center.
Photography is one of my favorite hobbies, I am self taught and self learning. I say that because I am learning so much and want to continue to learn. I like sharing what I learn. I think that is one of the best ways to remember new things and learn even more.
If you want to share my photographic, pretend gourmet, biker chic, nurse, making the best of oranges that were supposed to be peaches lifestyle, Follow my blog! Find new recipes for cooking, experiencing and living!
What lens should I buy first for my Nikon DLSR?
I shoot with a Nikon D7100. This is a crop sensor, DLSR, and is a great camera. I've moved up from the D60 originally, to the D3100 and now the D7100. Now you might notice a pattern, I like Nikon. Not because I dislike other brands, but because Nikon is what I have used, and gotten used to, and all my gear fits Nikon. So, for all you Canon lovers, I'm not knocking your camera! I just like mine.
I shoot mostly portraiture and even my outdoor wildlife photography is more portraiture of the subject. I don't do a lot of wide open landscapes and sweeping views of the countryside. I typically pick a subject that I want to capture and focus on that. For the kind of photography my favorite lens is my 50mm prime. It stays on my camera most of the time and is my go to for a quick snapshot or for my client sessions. It gives great focus, great bokeh, and the open aperture makes shooting on darker days easier.
Now, there are more expensive 50mm lenses. They have larger apertures and may have even better focusing. But, when you can get a 1.8 aperture for as reasonably as you can, it is a great option. Especially for learning your new DLSR and experimenting with new forms of photography. It can help you turn out beautiful images. It has been a great addition to my gear.
This lens has really upped my photography game and I love experimenting with it.
The images below are just some examples of pictures that I have taken with my 50mm on my D7100.
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Tell me what your favorite lens is and why!
Focus and light
Photography is a science of light. How much light, for how long, and from where, determines the exposure of your image. And exposure is the the base of your image. There are loads and loads of explanations of aperture, shutter speed, and iso and how they affect exposure. I cover Basic Exposure in my post Basic Exposure for Beginners. Here is my take on APERTURE.
Aperture is set in f stops. Aperture goes as wide open as 1.2 and as closed 32. The aperture you are able to shoot with will vary depending on the lens. The wider open the aperture, the more light gets in to your camera for the image. Conversely, the smaller the aperture, the less light will get in to your to you sensor. Each FSTOP higher closes the hole smaller and smaller. It can get kind of confusing when starting out, because people may refer to using a "large" aperture meaning they used a small f-stop number which makes for a larger opening. F 1.8, which is the most open setting on my favorite 50mm prime lens, is as large an opening as that lens will open. The graphic above actually starts in the upper left corner with a "higher" or smaller aperture f stop, and ends in the bottom right corner with a "lower" or smaller aperture.
Aperture and focus
Aperture basically determines how at what distance your lens will focus and how far it will focus. For example, If you are shooting a your kids in front of the Grand Canyon, you probably want your kids smiling faces in focus and a large portion of the Canyon, too. You want to be able to see where your kids were at the time of the picture. A smaller opening in the aperture will make for a longer depth of field. And remember, smaller aperture means larger number when changing your settings.
Lower f stop numbers mean a shorter depth of field. Which in the example above would mean that your kids faces would be in focus, but the background behind them would be more and more blurred the further away they were from the subject.
Below I have some examples, where the only setting I changed was the aperture or f stop. Notice the subject is the dark duck. I wanted these pictures to have the back lighting so it would stick out how the background was being blurred and sharpened using the aperture. I didn't worry about lighting my subject at this point.
I shot these with a kit lens 18-55mm becuase I wanted to use a lens that a beginner would most likely have. You can see an even stronger difference with lenses that will open up to larger apertures. All settings stayed the same except adjusting aperture. Notice the stronger difference in the lack of focus of the background from image one, to the more focused back ground of image 6.
Aperture and light.
You will probably notice, that when the aperture is larger larger, the image lightens. That's because more light is getting in the camera. This is one of the ways you can lighten your image in dark situations, just keep in mind that this blurs objects and scenery that are not the same distance from your camera, because it shortens the depth of field.
The opposite is also true, by decreasing the size of the aperture, I can decrease the amount of light on a bright sunny day. However, this would not be the optimum way of doing this by itself if I were taking portraits or wanted a nice bokeh, because it will also bring my my background into clearer focus.
What did you like? What was confusing? What are you ideas? Let me know!
What is exposure?
You may be asking "How do I get the right exposure in my pictures? How does exposure work? How does aperture work? How does ISO work? How does Shutter Speed work? What do I do now that I have this big fancy camera?
Don't worry, I asked the same questions. Everything I know is from trial and error. Lots and lots of errors. I mean LOTS. I watched videos on youtube, read tutorials, pinned 50 blue million tips and tricks on photography. By the way, just pinning them does no good. You kinda have to go read them and put them into practice........
Anyway, I prescribe to the ideology that if you really want to learn you read it/see it, do it. teach it. So let me pass on what I have learned!
Photography is a science of light
Photography is all about light. How much light, for how long, and how sensitive your camera is to that light, determines the exposure of your image.
How much light is determined by Aperture.
How long the light is allowed in is determined by Shutter Speed.
How sensitive your camera is to light is ISO.
The Exposure Triad
All three settings can be manipulated depending on the type of picture you are taking. Faster shutter speeds are used for action shots like your son's basketball game. For this picture you probably want to open the aperture for more light and increase your ISO because basketball games are typically inside and the lighting may be poor. However, if you want a little motion blur you may slow your shutter speed just a bit.
Increasing your ISO can be helpful indoors, or on really dark gloomy days. Just be aware of your camera's limitations. Some entry level DLSR's are quite good at mid range ISO settings. But really high ISO's are normally best left to upgraded models.
Aperture is also good for increasing or decreasing your exposure. Just be aware of your lens Aperture capabilities, and pay attention to how much detail you want in your foreground and background.
The links below will be added as I publish each individual post!
I would love some feedback! What made sense? What was confusing? What are your ideas for explaining exposure?
consumer review of Lensrental.com
Rent vs buy. Series post 3
So I am a little late in posting this review. The Christmas and New Year holidays have thrown me way off balance! Family functions, work, and fun things can wear a body out! My best learned advice for surviving the Holidays to help you next year? Remember you can't keep everybody happy!
And.....drum roll, please........Don't forget to return the lenses that you rented! I did, there will be more on that later!
In my previous posts Rent Vs. Buy, and ATS Rental review talked about how this photography venture can be a really expensive experience. So since I STILL haven't won the lottery, married a rich man (I kind of like the one I have anyway), or inherited a huge windfall from my not rich parents, I have to see if renting lenses to try new things is a more feasible option. Heck, I figure most of you are like me!
What was it like renting from lensrentals.com?
Renting from LensRentals.com, was a pretty painless process. They had the lenses that I wanted in stock for the dates I wanted. I rented them, got a confirmation email, and all was well. My communication with their customer service was very pleasant and accommodating. I put a lot of emphasis on customer service and Lensrentals.com did well in this regard.
What was done well by Lensrentals.com?
Communication was very personable and nice. Items were packaged safely and I felt like stuff was really protected when I shipped back.
Remember when I said don't forget to ship your lenses back when you've rented them? Well, here is where Lens Rentals really shined! I was supposed to ship back on Thursday the 24th. Well, duh, I had a houseful of people and we were doing our family Christmas that day because as a nurse, guess what? I was working Christmas day. So, the box got pushed aside, moved behind a chair, and because it wasn't wrapped in shiny paper and begging to be opened by a smiling face, it was forgotten. I didn't get it shipped back until the 28th! Well, I don't know if this is their usual policy or if they were feeling full of Christmas Spirit, but they didn't charge me for the extra days! Woohoo! Thanks LensRentals.com!
What could be improved?
Well, I previously only rented from ATSrentals.com so any comparison I make will be with them. Getting my package from Lensrentals,com wasn't all warm and fuzzy like Grandma had sent me a surprise. No real concrete things that are absolutely necessary to provide a good experience to complain about, though. So there were no Jelly Beans in my package and they didn't send shipping tape. Thats not a deal breaker. Even though, since all my tape had been ripped off packages earlier, and I had even used what shipping tape I had in the house to wrap the last few presents, I had to go out and buy more. Not a huge drawback, since I would need some in the house anyway, but.......
I really do like Jelly Beans....
Would I rent from them again?
Sure, I will depend on the availability of the lenses I want to rent, and if there are other shipping options other than FedEx. I have to drive nearly 15 miles to get to the nearest FedEx place. UPS is a lot more convenient for me.
Have you rented from Lens Rentals? What was your experience? Where do you rent lenses and equipment?
Wife, daughter, aunt, nurse, biker chic, aspiring photographer, pretend gourmet chef. That's me! I'm living the Just Peachy Life. This Blog will now be more dedicated to photography and the art form that speaks to me the most. I am moving the lifestyle and home-life posts to the Living the Just Peachy Life Blog to separate the two! Read more about me and _Living the Just Peachy Life!
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