Very. Exciting. News.
(or Why I Have The Best Husband Ever)
My husband picked up on my none-too-subtle hint and presented me with a Nikon D7000 for Christmas yesterday!
Apparently he got really excited about the whole idea; he consulted such experts as my brother and sister-in-law, and read online about various cameras for days.
[He has long been an off-and-on camera enthusiast, while I am a complete novice.]
As it turns out, I'm not particularly good at taking pictures... at least not yet.
In fact, when Nathan started excitedly talking to me about f/stops and apertures and shutter speeds I sort of felt like crying. And when he started drawing diagrams of light entering lenses, I felt like the Sarah Marie of ten years ago who sobbed when my Dad tried to explain trigonometry to me and I just couldn't quite get it.
But even if so far it's:
Sarah Marie: 0
I refuse to be discouraged.
I will be victorious. We will be victorious together, the beautiful Nikon and me.
This camera is way nicer than I deserve, but I hope to slowly ascend towards its level.
First I tried taking some pictures of the Christmas tree here at the in-laws' house, experimenting with the aperture priority setting.
Not a great picture or anything, but hey, I'm a beginner!
[And look at the reflection in the silver ornament... cool.]
My brother-in-law Andrew was a very patient model:
And I deemed the roasted sweet potato wedges I made myself for dinner photo-worthy, of course:
If I can read a few photography books without giving up in despair, and listen carefully to Nathan's explanations of the science behind photography without dissolving into tears, who knows? I may have the makings of a shutterbug.