Bragging rights

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After.

I’ve been waiting a long time for this.  Years.  So long, in fact, I think I’ve earned the right to brag about it.

A new camera!

This is big news.  For me.  Might not be the exciting news you were hoping for (and I’m still working on…).

I am learning that a good camera does not make a good photographer.  But it sure won’t hurt.  And hopefully, you’ll see an improvement in my photos.  Please let me know…

So, in description (and defense) of the “taken in the bathroom mirror trick” photos above, please excuse the lack of originality in method, and concentrate if you will on the object of this discussion.  The cameras.

Here’s what I had:  A Canon PowerShot SD780.  And don’t get me wrong.  I love it.  It has served me well and managed to make all the pictures you’ve been seeing from me over the past several years.  Of course I’m keeping it.  It fits in my pocket and is easy to carry everywhere, including when I’m horseback.  But…

Here’s the new deal:  A Canon EOS Rebel T3i EOS 600D with a EF-ee-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens.  Wow.  I call it the Big Guns.  And no, it neither fits in my pocket nor around my neck comfortably when I’m horseback.  It is much larger… but there is no mistaking… much better. Already I am so impressed and intrigued by the depth, contrast, life and detail…  So much to learn, and so much fun learning…

I’ll be curious if you see an improvement in my work over time.  Once I learn to use this thing, for as many of you know who already have good cameras, the simple days and ways of point and shoot are over.  There are all kinds of buttons and settings and controls and adjustments on this.  It’s going to take me a while to figure this out.

So, off to figure a few more mysteries of this complicated (for me) little piece of machinery.  And back to working on the next bit of good news.  Because like waiting around for luck to fall in my lap, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to happen so easily.  At least it’s never been that way for me.

Go ahead, call me lucky!  Maybe that will help.