I live for weekends. I try to keep some fun packed into weekdays but time constraints make it hard. And by fun I mean shooting and working on my writing, spending time with family and friends. Hell yeah. And this weekend provides me some free time and also the excitement of getting a decent lens for my Nikon D7100 body. You see I’ve been using two very old zoom lenses. They were purchased with a Nikon 4o04n system many moons ago. Nikon should be proud of the durability and clarity they provided.
So I’m headed down to Service Photo for a new piece of glass. I’m pretty sure of the one I would like but I’m going to be open to expert advice. I’m also going to pick up a good tripod. I’ve been using my parents one from the 1950’s and that is about shot also. I believe I’m going to purchase the Nikkor 18-300mm 3.5 – 5.6. Its strange when you drop that much change ($) and that still not be considered a professional lens.
I don’t give a rats ass, it will be a huge upgrade to my previous glass and operation. I’m so looking forward to it. I felt great when I got that D7100 body a few years ago. Now I have to translate this energy into shooting and really learning the hardware. Once I get that down I can take the next step.
That will be a big one. The purchase of Lightroom and or Photoshop. Been at least 2 decades since I used Photoshop. I’m sure its light years ahead of where it was. And judging by the things I see a few bloggers I follow, they do wonderful things. I’ve been avoiding it for a few reasons till now. First is financial. Second is time. Those programs and techniques and just learning them is a monumental time consumer. Yeah you get some of the finest images possible if you become good at it. You get professional quality. But till now the 80-20 rule has made me happy.
Being only one person I worry how much time is consumed in front of the computer instead of behind the lens where I still need a lot of practice. So a step at a time. Being content and getting the maximum of what tools and time I have. And enjoying the journey.
Random Thoughts for Wednesday June 1st 2016
- I wonder if I was writing longhand instead of typing, if I would think more about the words I choose to use or the thought I’m trying to express?
- When I find myself getting wrapped up in my myself I try to do a reset and start from scratch again.
- Felt like I had a setback today, but I didn’t spend the day bitching about it. I’m learning.
- I can’t wait to sit down with my whole family for dinner on Friday.