It won’t be kept in my workshop, but you’ll notice the contribution of this tool to every project I share. It’s my new Sony a55 dslr camera.
I have owned film slr cameras before, but never a digital version. I’ve been casually shopping them for a while, but I really got inspired when I saw the outstanding photographs a shutterbug friend shared with me after we vacationed with him last summer.
Then over the past few months, it seemed like every time I opened my feed reader, another blogger I follow had gotten a snazzy new camera. After considerable reading, and deal-seeking I picked the Sony a55 and paired it with a versatile, affordable Tamron 18-200mm zoom lens. So whadya say, Katie, Carla, Mike and Katrina? Can I join your club?
I picked the Sony because it is compact and comfortable to use, and packs some great features. First, it focuses and shoots incredibly fast (10 fps) so I have a better chance of catching the moment with my always-in-motion kids. It also has a fantastic movie mode, a cool “sweep panorama,” and a few high dynamic range settings that composite a burst of exposures into a single image. It also got the coveted endorsements of both Popular Photography and the clerk at my local camera shop.
I’ve had the Sony for about couple months now, so you’ve actually seen some photos from the camera already, but here are a few sample shots that can pull double duty showing off the camera and catching you up on some things I’ve been meaning to write about for weeks.
Out and About
Keeping Nature Deficit Disorder at bay this summer, our family has gone camping, taken many bike rides, played in the neighborhood parks, and enjoyed the local scenery like this view of the lake near our house. We’re fortunate Minneapolis’ early leaders recognized the value of preserving parkland–particularly around the many lakes and streams in our city. It’s a special thing to be able to walk out of the neighborhood coffee shop and before your latte is cold be someplace natural enough to watch herons, catch tadpoles, or cross paths with a snapping turtle.
The Rest of the Story
In my last post, I told you about the antique dining table I bought through Craigslist but I left out an important part of the story. While I was away on the four-hour purchasing excursion, our young rescue-adoptee dog, jumped the backyard fence when Ms. Bungalow let him out for a bedtime constitutional. When she tried to catch him, he ran past her into a busy street where he was hit by a car. Don’t worry– the photo above was after his accident, and although it might not be clear, all his limbs are intact. Our vet now calls him the “miracle dog” because other than a few cuts and scrapes, his lone injury from the accident is a paralyzed tail. Usually the only thing dogs and tables have in common are the crumbs that fall to the floor, but now the story of our dog and the story of our dining room table are inextricably linked.
DIY in the Kitchen
I’m still working on finishing my kitchen mini remodel following a setback with my new countertop. (More on that in a future post…) In the meantime, I am trying to do even more healthy, seasonal, scratch cooking like this chopped salad. Our family has been pescatarian (lacto-ovo vegetarian + occassional fish) for a little over seven years but I’m still working on making our mealtimes more nutritious, delicious, and sustainablicious. With two young kids, it’s easy to eat too much cheese pizza and pasta marinara. Incidentally, that salad recipe comes from the cookbook, “Clean Food” by Terry Walters, which I bought at the beginning of the summer. Everything I’ve made from that book has been excellent (though not always kid-approved) and I like how the recipes are arranged seasonally to help me be intentional about using in-season produce.
The thing about SLR cameras is that they invite collecting accessories. After all, what’s the point of an interchangeable lens camera with only one lens? So far I’ve held off rushing to buy additional lenses, a supplemental flash and other accessories, but that’s probably only a matter of time and budget. Regardless of how I fill my camera bag, I hope you will see better, more helpful pictures that enrich your enjoyment of my blog.