Monday, October 27, 2008

A new camera!

Husband and I recently purchased a new digital camera. My first digital camera was bought several years ago as a Christmas present in preparation for a photojournalism class I was taking in college. It was a Kodak and came with a small printer dock for easy, at home printing. The camera served me quite well throughout my remaining college years and post-graduation. It is still a good camera, especially for shooting events (I used it often for my college newspaper and internship in the Office of Publications and Media Relations), but it can be a bit bulky for everyday use. So, I got a hankering for something I could slip into my purse for unexpected photo opportunities. Husband, being the loving spouse that he is, as well as a man who loves his toys, did a bit of research and suggested purchasing a Nikon Coolpix S550, which seemed to meet our needs and price range. So we did, when the camera suddenly came on sale on Best Buy's Web site. I got the blue one, because, hello, cute!

This past weekend was the centennial anniversary of our county seat's courthouse. The historical society sponsored a contest for photographs, paintings, etc., celebrating the courthouse. My mother encouraged me to enter, which I did, because I like to support community events and was also afraid there wouldn't be many entries (there ended up being...three). One lovely, clear fall afternoon I grabbed my new little camera and walked up to the courthouse to snap a few pictures. I decided to enter a more representative shot of the courthouse dome rather than the building in its entirety. The contest was judged by a local photographer, and I won! (However, one of my friends also entered a photograph which I thought was much more neat than mine, and I promise I am not just saying that to be nice! It was a similar shot to mine, but she went the extra mile and grayscaled the courthouse leaving only the American and Indiana flags in color, which was such a cool idea! Kudos to her!) As an aside, my very observant husband noticed from her photograph that the Indiana flag is hung upside down, for some reason. Ah, Indiana pride...

4 comments:

John said...

What model Cannon?

if dSLR, what lenses?

Can you tell I'm a photo geek now?

KittyMarie said...

I would have to look at the camera more in depth when I get home. I can't even remember the model on the moment! It wasn't uber fancy and professional, but I felt uber fancy and professional when I used it, haha. Definitely no special lenses, though. I wish the photojournalism class I bought it for hadn't turned out to be such a joke...I really wanted to learn more in depth about shutter speeds and whatnot, but the class touched on the actual mechanics very little.

KittyMarie said...

KLP corrected me - Kodak, not Canon! I can't keep anything straight!

John said...

Ahhh - I know nothing about Kodak cameras - but I do know quite a bit about Cannon (it's what I shoot).

I've got a EOS 400D, and a few lenses :-)

I've taken courses on photography that detailed the mechanics, and have another one starting in a couple of weeks that will focus more on composition of shots and post-processing.