Thursday, July 14, 2011

The new addition


Yes, it's adopted, but comes from a good family, with the right sort of early training.

Still, we're both a little shy.

It needed some extra equipment, so I took it to Samy’s. “Uhm, I’m not sure how this all works. Maybe you can help explain a few things. See, I’ve only ever had a point and click.”

“You mean like that one?” he said, gesturing to something very unfamiliar indeed.

“No,” I said. “Like the one in your window, the one with the tag that says ‘Even Your Toddler Can Save a Memory.’”

“Oh,” he said. “You know what? Excuse me for a second, I just remembered something. But if I take more than a half hour, feel free to talk to my assistant.”

After awhile, I figured a better place to start would be to let the Nikon tagalong with my Canon. Get to know the lay of the land and how we function around here. Explain the process, as in, we see a thing, shoot, upload, download, and sharpen that thing, then go to bed.

Given its upbringing, the Nikon finds this rather strange. But when in Rome…

We’re making progress. So far, it enjoys the outdoors



is willing to give sports a try



gets along with animals



and after a little effort, takes a pretty picture.

34 comments:

  1. Congratulation!

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  2. That's a versatile camera.

    I have a Nikon that uses film that I used many, many years ago, back in the dark ages. It was very intimidating to figure out all those controls - F-stops and shutter speed and what-not. I took a class and started to get really into it. Haven't picked it up in years and now I've forgotten everything.

    You could learn a lot tagging along with photographer friends. I bet you know a few locals who'd be willing.

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  3. Oh, oh, you're hooked now Karin.

    If you put it on Auto w/flash or Auto w/o flash you should get great results under most circumstances.

    When you feel like it you can fool around with M, A, S. P. You could try those 'special settings' like Track Star, Mountain Range, etc. Since I've had my Nikons I've never used any of those.

    If you can admit now that you'll never be as smart as the camera you should get long just fine.

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  4. Such a noble birthright, and it fits right in with the rest of the family!

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  5. Hee hee, Wayne, you got that right.

    Karin, you're already a good photographer. Now you have an even better tool to show off with.

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  7. Well, I don't know. I was trying to adjust something and I think it pinched me. On purpose. So I left it home alone with the dogs for a few hours and when I came home, there was garbage everywhere. Albert said he heard it going through the trash.

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  8. I'm sure you're new addition will bring you many years of joy!

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  9. Congrats, I think.

    I'm not spending more dough on a camera until I master how to point & shoot straight with this toy I got. Unfortunately that may be long time coming.

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  10. You are brilliant.

    Play around with your new toy for a few days and you'll get the hang of it. Also, Nikon has some great tutorials online.

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  11. I'm sorry your pointy-clickety pictures are so good. That's terrible. Please, by all means, take some shitty ones. I can't abide this type of entertainment ala backwards. You've caused instability.

    Where IS the stabilizer?

    Can you make movies?

    What is the meaning of life?

    How do I get my powers back?

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  12. Welcome to the fam! I know you'll do us proud(er).

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  13. I suspect Albert will want to blame it for sudden gas outbreaks as well. It's never easy being the new kid on the block.

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  14. Congratulations from the mechanical moron who's still congratulating himself for pumping his own gas. If I can do few things with one of these, anybody can. (Well, mine's only a Canon). Good luck! I predict you'll have fun and do great things with it.

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  15. I got a Nikon camera
    I love to take a photograph
    So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away


    Let's develop some film and listen to some 45s.

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  16. I love how you get a gorgeous camera like that and you take pictures OF it!

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  17. Congratulations! I owned a Nikon once, but gave it up for adoption. Perhaps...wait just a second.....oh, nope. Thought I recognized it there for just a minute. Looking forward to seeing your life through the new camera lens.

    Love your tales, btw. You certainly do know how to dress up a sentence.

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  18. Don 't tell anybody but when on the street etc. I leave mine on P. There's some fancy explanation for what P is but to me, it's just auto w/o the flash!
    V

    pS Gone from a Canonite to a Nikonian. Sad to see you go.

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  19. It came with a manual and a DVD, but likely as not, I'll never look at them.

    Wayne's technique seems a good first step. Or second step. First step is take off the lens cap.

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  20. Darnit! I left you a tragically witty comment last night and now it's gone. I can't be witty again.

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  21. Welcome to the family, baby Nikon! May you have a long and healthy life.

    I bought a Pentax DSLR for my birthday in October, but just as often reach for the Kodak PHD (push here, dummy) camera.

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  22. PI, the comment is there. I larfed and larfed.

    Marjie, that's too good. Like my Canon SDIS (um, let me work on that acronym.)

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  23. why the Nikon instead of another Canon? I have always been tempted to get an entry level Nikon, just to see....

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  24. I definitely want to hang out with this Nikon! Not sure if I'd want to attempt taking photos with it though. Like Susan I used to have a Nikon film camera and had such a mind-block when it came to figuring out how to really use it that I finally gave it away. Now I'm too addicted to my small point-and-shoot. But I bet you'll be able to figure it out and take some amazing photos.

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  25. Karin! what a multitasking new friend!

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  26. Could a camera smackdown be far behind?

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  27. There it is! fancy you. Now I'm waiting to see how long the weight of it will have you leaving it next to the eye liner. Cynical? maybe, lazy? defiantly (I speak for myself here.)

    Hello Phoebe

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  28. PA, you speak the truth. I figured if I blogged about it, I'd get shamed into action. But there's this card-reader thingy I have to hook up...

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  29. You said it yourself:

    Take off the lens cap and take some shots … it’s still worthwhile.

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  30. I've picked myself up from the floor -- "it enjoys the outdoors". Love it! That Nikon is great model.

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  31. The photos at the end killed me - I'm nervous to try anything nicer than my trusty Canon point and shoot. And, yes, my toddler's photos are about as good as mine. Can't wait to see how the new kid in the family works out!

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  32. these cameras do a pretty darn good job in auto mode. It's up to you to provide the eye...
    These photos give creativity with a camera a new meaning. Pretty darn funny...

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  33. HaHaHa!!! I hardly used my Nikon for a year after I bought it 'cause I didn't have a clue and the instruction manual could've been written in Greek for as much as I understood...I finally bought a better manual online...Nikon Digital Field Guide by David Busch...much easier to decipher!!! That's also how I got involved in the Tri-Community Adult Ed Photographic Center in Covina....that's how I finally graduated from auto shoot to Manual!!! (That's a great program Karin, and not attendance requirements...good for working adults!)

    May you and your baby Nikon have many wonderful years of photo shoots!!! (And if you need any tips...just email me...and if I have a clue-mine's still way smarter than me-...I'll help you out!!!)

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