Kris kind of surprised me with this. I guess you could say we are really into photography now that we are a two-Canon (well, three if you count the little point-and-shoot) household. This is a fancy cam – no way around it.
XTi / 40D
So, you may see a few shots here and there with the new one, but I am perfectly content to use the “old” one too… being that the old one is not really “old”. Plus, I am pretty sure that the lens is where it’s at. The lens on Kris’s camera (above) is my baby – the L-series 24-70mm/f 2.8. It is a sweet sweet lens.
A few of you asked in some of the comment fields about my photos and the processing tools I use. We got Adobe Photoshop Lightroom about a year ago, and I run all of my photos through it before I upload them to Flickr or the blog. I do minimal processing (white-balance control, some adjustments to vibrancy and contrast, and in some cases increasing exposure) for most photos. I have played around with some of the mock-HDR functions in Lightroom as well; they are definitely more art-y than informational photos. I have noticed that one of the real differences – especially for vibrancy of color – comes from the polarized filter that fits on the lenses. It brings out the colors (like the sky or water) much like polarized sunglasses do.
The camera came while I was at work, so Kris got some more time to play with it (hence his earlier blog post featuring the first photos with the 40D!) However, once I got home, I too went into the garden for my first shots. It is the perfect place to see something pretty.
The chamomile is coming up and these pretty little flowers caught my attention. I am hoping to make some chamomile tea very soon (maybe with some of the mint that is coming up beside it?) The lilies peaked while we were in Canada, but they are still lovely in their twilight days. Their blooming is one of the highlights of my “nature” year! And the grapes! we are going to have a lot this year – maybe enough to actually do something! I am thinking about jelly, and perhaps even more exciting to me? making my own dolmas with the grape leaves.
Regarding the camera and the photos: I don’t know if I see a quantifiable difference in the quality of these photos versus the previous camera, but I am sure that once I learn more about the 40D, there will be some cool stuff happening. Of course, cool stuff can definitely happen with low-tech equipment too… it’s all about the creativity!