What an experience this turned out to be! In an effort to save money we opted to order our new camera equipment from on-line retailers rather than from an outlet. To be fair, ordering the equipment did in fact save us over $1000.00, money that can and will be used for much better, and less selfish things than buying photography equipment. Not only did it save us a great deal of money, we were able to acquire far more equipment than we otherwise would have been able to had we gone through our typical buying avenues. Continue reading
Clearly advertised as new
It’s was wonderful to have the new camera arrive! I almost never order anything from places like Ebay, or Amazon, unless you count NewEgg. But for whatever reason the NewEgg orders seem far different than ordering from Ebay. Perhaps that is because I know what Ebay started as. Despite being full of apprehension we decided to go ahead and order our new camera through an Ebay seller. We made sure the rating was high, with an incredible amount of positive feedback but somehow this didn’t offer a whole lot of comfort Even with an Ebay money back guarantee we would still have the hassle of returning it, and likely paying the shipping back. Saving 1/3 of the money we’d have otherwise had to spend helped us take the plunge and risk it. Now I’d like to say up front that nothing was damaged except the packaging. Continue reading
Nikon D70, Nikon AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-70 lens, Focal Length: 40 mm, ISO: 1000, Shutter Speed: 1/20 Aperture: f/11
I decided I’d play around with my Nikon D70 one last time before my new camera arrives. I’ve been talking with other amateur photographers recently about different shooting styles, cameras, ISOs, editing software, and file types. I have long been a person committed to shooting in JPG only. “I paid a lot of money for the camera, it can handle some of the work load.” Has long been my mind set. But Michael (an occasional author on Faith Tech Life) has been touting the use of RAW images for quite a while now.
I also tend to use flash indoors. My lovely wife is adamant about how much she loves shots taken using only available light, but I hate the noise of the added ISO required to do so. For years I’ve opted for a fill flash, over cranking up the ISO on the D70. My gear is all kit level with the exception of my flash. The Nikon SB-800 has proven to be a very effective alternative to upping the level of ISO, but admittedly, it will deliver washed out photo’s if one isn’t careful.
The most annoying thing about running a laptop has got to be when you are in the middle of typing and the palm of your hand sets down, or almost sets down, on your touch pad causing the cursor to leap to where your mouse was and your text to either get deleted, or you begin typing someplace unintended. This is how to deal with it!
About a week ago I had decided that I was going to take a break from Eve Online. Eve is an amazing game, it truly is. They have managed to balance risk verses reward in such a way that the potential loss of your in game ships can cause an adrenaline high like I haven’t experienced since raiding in EverQuest. The reality that if you explode in Eve you have just lost a substantial amount of your play hours, stacked on top of the fact that the ability to purchase game time with in game currency gives you an ability to figure out a real world value, combines to create the most exhilarating experience that a game has to offer. When you undock, no matter where you are, you could lose your ship. There is no “safe” space in Eve.