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I have nothing to say but why let that stop me

Friday, April 13, 2012

It's been a long week. I even had Monday off and its still been a long week. I think it all goes back to the fact that I had to deal with the Easter invasion of MIL and her idiot boyfriend on Sunday.

When we went hiking on Saturday DH confessed to me that he's tried really he has but the bottom line is that he just doesn't care for his mom's idiot boyfriend. I don't like him either but I've kept that fact on the inside of my head. I think he's an alcoholic, also something I've kept on the inside of my head. She's an adult she can do what she wants but all I really hear from them is how they go OUT all the time to this bar or that party. She married DH's dad when she was 20 and he was 45 - oh yea, seriously. I think she never really got to be 20 and now that DH's dad is gone she's somehow reverted back to her young adulthood.

Plus and this is just petty and ugly but I think he's after her money. Just a feeling I have.

Well enough about them, check this out - I sort of accidentally may have uh printed a 260 page manual for my new camera at work. oops

At least it's 2-sided but still just a tad bit over the top on the personal use of company resources. We all print personal stuff but I swear I thought it was going to be about 50 pages or so. I didn't mean to print a text book. (quickly shoves evidence in my bag)

I used to be a decent photographer and then all the sudden one day digital cameras came out. It was just so easy that I just quit using my "real camera". Then as time passed it got more and more obsolete and now gosh I don't even know if it's possible to get actual film or where you'd get it processed.

So I took the plunge and bought a DSLR - oh wait I uh (cough) have the print out of the manual here...it's a Canon EOS Rebel T2i. My husband actually pushed me over the edge. I've been looking at them for a long time. We do a lot of hiking and he said that he missed when I used to take really good pictures. What I take now are more like snapshots than pictures. I got a bonus at work and...it's gone now poof so much for extra money.

So I have the thing now and have to admit that it has totally blown my mind. I'm trying not to get overwhelmed. I tried watching the little training video. Lost, completely and utterly lost. I thought I'd go back to the paper manual and go with the one thing at a time approach.

We go on vacation in June. That's my deadline - learn how to use this thing by June or...well then I won't know how to use it but I'm pretty stubborn.

this is what I've got so far- yea so it looks like I focused on the leaves and not the flower - awesome start Ansel Adams look out

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JANEDOE12345 4/18/2012 5:35PM

    About printing the manual: I had to laugh, as I have the habit of making a notebook for each camera or device. Yes, it is using the company's stuff, but then, I contribute to our scholarship fund. Once in a while I bring in a ream of paper that I buy myself at Staples, so I figure it balances. Also, I use my home computer for graphics work several times a year, so I don't feel guilty.

It is kinda bad to do, but you can make it up in other ways if you are honest about what it is worth. And I am the boss's secretary and believe me, I see a LOT more instances where things "grow legs" and walk away. Paper is the least of it !

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TANYA602 4/14/2012 6:08PM

    How fun! Yes, look at it from the point that it's digital - not film - and shoot away! At least that's what my husband tells me as I try to always set up the perfect shot -hehehe.
The part about printing the manual at work made me laugh! Been there, done that (sort of.....not 260 pages though!). 'Looking forward to seeing more of your pics.

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BABYSTEPS84 4/14/2012 3:01AM

    Sounds like you have a little drama, but it's good dh is on the same page. Try YouTube videos? Classes at a junior college?

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APONI_KB 4/13/2012 4:12PM

    I think one huge advantage to the DSLR is that it's a lot easier to experiment without worrying about wasting money. It's really nice to be able to take a picture and then crop it and do all the magical stuff that you could only do in a darkroom before.

almost too much control really so now it's possible to totally wreck a good shot

We're going to be hiking in the Grand Canyon. I'm tempted to flip that thing over to fully automatic from time to time just to make sure I get a few good snap shots.

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BLUE42DOWN 4/13/2012 2:10PM

    If you were taking good pictures before, once you get the hang of controlling focus and aperture and such on your new toy, you'll definitely be doing well quickly.

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OMMAMA7 4/13/2012 1:48PM

    I recently got a dslr too - nikon d3100 or something. Yeah, there's so much to learn! I just have pretty much left it on auto...I had a canon powershot before, but could never get pics of the kids that weren't too late or blurry. So I can get pretty instant pics now, but still learning the other stuff.

Good luck!

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