Monday, May 22, 2006

The Last Shot

Yesterday the weather turned nice and I was able to take one last shot of the carbon fiber roof spoiler with the old digital camera. Yes, "old" because I bought a new Nikon D50 digital SLR in Bellingham. Even with state sales tax, I saved about $200 CAD versus buying in Canada. Also, there's no duty charged on cameras so when I crossed the border, I simply paid GST/PST which I would have paid if I bought it in Canada anyway.

When I got home I immediately set the camera to take RAW + JPEG shots. But when I downloaded the RAW files to the computer, I quickly realized that I was getting in over my head since the RAW files are not processed at all. So for now I'm just shooting JPEGs and letting the camera do the work for me. It seems that I don't have to do any of the retouching/fixing that I needed to do on my old point and shoot camera.

I'm looking forward to using the camera and learning more about taking better pictures. I appreciate how quick it is to focus and snap a shot, which is really important when you try to capture spontaneous moments. I guess I was ready to take the next step to a DSLR because I'm already wanting to try out the manual settings.

Here's a couple of shots I took with the Nikon D50:


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