Photo Friday: Imperfection

Squawk!

First day out with a completely new camera. I kid you not. I now have a Nikon D50. It’s like having an old fashioned professional film camera and H.E.’s extensive photography know-how all rolled into one. It does everything for you but make toast.

Neophyte that I am, it’s quite a bit more than I can handle. There I was trying to get some decent shots, and here H.E. was instructing me:

“Okay, here comes a great silhouette of a guy on his bicycle. Get ready for it. Here he comes, here he comes, here he comes, and ‘click!’ Did you get it?”

“What?” I blinked. “Okay, wait. Let me get the camera out.”

Swear to God. H.E. dropped and shook his head a lot, or he covered it with a hand and groaned. Either one.

So you can imagine how we handled my ambitious goal to capture birds in flight. He kept pointing out all the opportunities, and I kept getting flustered and missing half of them. I actually got a few that were framed pretty decently, but the one that stands out after I downloaded everything was the flubbed photo above. An absolute mistake on my part, but a standout nonetheless because it is the bluest of my mistakes.

For the record, I downloaded 505 photos taken Saturday. H.E. and I took turns with the camera. My purpose was to learn photography, and his purpose was to learn the camera’s full abilities so he can teach me photography even more specific to the camera itself. If the photos were halfway decent, they were the best of mine. If the photos were exceptional, they were the worst of H.E.’s.

So I have a long way to go towards perfect.

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12 Responses to Photo Friday: Imperfection

  1. parl says:

    Nikon D50! suh-weet!
    Uhm,.. what lens did you get with it?
    btw, that’s a great photo of a gulls arm-pit.

  2. April says:

    I have the 18-55mm included in the kit. In addition to that, I also have a 70-300mm lens. :)

  3. Broch says:

    Congrats on the new camera! I recently upgraded from the D70 to a Canon EOS20D, and many times regret my decision. The Nikons are really wonderful photographic tools, and who knows, I may end up back in the fold once the D200 is properly reviewed and tested by others.

  4. April says:

    Well, H.E. tells me that in photography it’s really less about the camera body and more about the lenses and the photographer’s eye, so it really doesn’t matter whether you have a Nikon or a Canon … just whether you have the lenses you need for the shots you want to take.

    So maybe the best thing is to stick with a camera you like, and then simply get a couple of good lenses to go with it! :)

  5. parl says:

    H.E. is quite correct. with the exception of the photographer, the lens is the most important part of the camera.

  6. Broch says:

    Agreed. I have excellent canon L-Series glass, the 17-40 F4L, and the 70-200 f4L, but the 20D body is so much less user friendly than my old trusty D70.

    The Kit lens that came with your D50 is an AMAZING lens, one that I miss very much.

  7. parl says:

    Broch, I would gladly suffer the learning curve of the 20D!
    I currently own a canon D60.

  8. April says:

    I would love a 20D, but I’d be too afraid to take it out and have some fun with it, lol. I think that’s why H.E. got me a D50. Also, if I ever went the serious professional photographer route, where I have tons of lenses and carry around two or three camera bodies at a time (apparently, many pro photographers do that sort of thing), I could have two or three D50s on me with different lenses on them and not feel like I have my entire life savings with me.

  9. Hans Sendker says:

    Sorry, Enlish is not my native language.
    Who is imperfect? The photo, the bird or the photograph?

    Nice shot!

  10. April says:

    The photo is imperfect composition-wise, and I am imperfect as a photographer. The bird, on the other hand, is perfect. :)

  11. Tami Jo says:

    Looks pretty perfect to me.

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