Sunday, February 18, 2007
  pimp my camera

chris, caught off guard, originally uploaded by estacey.

that's exactly what i did with my tax refund this year. 50mm lens? check. lens filters? check. external flash? check. diffuser? check. old sinking feeling when i go look at my checking account blanace? check. ;)

but anyway, it's made a world of difference. i was really happy after i figured out why all my pics seemed covered in a grey film - slr makers often underexpose images so you don't lose any detail. fixing them is as simple as an autocorrect.

but my indoor pics always still seemed too dark, even after an autocorrect. so i looked into flashes. i wrote to bethy to ask her experience with them. then i acted impulsively and ordered the best value one i could find. then bethy wrote back - turns out she has the same one i ordered and she suggested i go for a really cheap flash and order a better one if i found i was using it. too late! but i'm actually glad i did it; i was really happy with most of the pics from last night, even though the lighting in the hoelschers' was really dark.

and this $120 50mm lens takes some awesome damn pictures. so i'm happy about that, too.

see this pic here? i like it. as i guess i like all pics of chris that he did not have the time to make a face for. :D can we take another moment to talk about how chris is just the best boy ever? he reminded me of it again today. the best, the best.

so yeah, i'm absolutely ecstatic about my camera and so looking forward to getting to play with it, assuming i have time someday. i had to re-thank chris for the gift the other night: "i know it's been two months since you gave it to me, but i have to say thank you again for the camera."

anyway, i just wish i would've had more time to play with the camera this weekend; i didn't. i'm working on some assignments i have to submit by midnight right now. yesterday, however, i spent a good hour photographing cupcakes. post to follow.

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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