One of my new year’s “resolutions” was to have a life worthy of beautiful photographs.

Not just a life worthy of Instagram, though. I luff that app, but I think it says a lot about society if that’s our preferred method for recording of our lives. Or a sign of the times, I guess. I know mobiles can take some sweet pics. I draw my line at the iPad being used for taking holiday photos, though. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO iPAD PHOTOGRAPHY*. But that’s a rant that needs more cider than I have in me right now (read: none).

So to take these beautiful photographs, one thing I need is to get my confidence up with an actual camera. I’ve never done anything remotely aimed at learning how to do this; my method is totally a “what-does-this-setting-do?” thing; I don’t have the attention span for online courses or the money for 12-week programs and whatnot. So instead I’ve enrolled for a one-dayer that has come highly recommended from the good looking people of my Twitter feed. Leigh and I are gonna go and learn new shiz like bosses. BOSSES, YO!

My Nikon D80 (and the D40 before it) have served me well over the years, though I’m sure my darling husband would like to remind me yet again that the D80 is actually his and I’ve been hogging it all these years. I was getting itchy feet, so I’ve adopted a D200 (sounds like a massive upgrade, no?) courtesy of the beautiful Scarlet. We have one of Scarlet’s prints hanging proudly in our lounge room, so it’s quite fitting that I now have her camera…I was allowed to adopt the camera on the proviso that I refer to it by it’s baptismal name: R2D200. Considering we have a Roomba named after the same droid from Star Wars, such a clause was a piece of cake!

(It’s been 4 days since I’ve eaten cake. Now I want cake.)

FMD R2D200 is a good frickin’ camera. It’s been a steep learning curve (with 99% of the photos on the CF card being blurry/OOF/overexposed/generally shite) but I’m starting to get the hang of it. I was pretty used to using Portrait mode on the D80 and turns out this camera expects me to work that bid-ness out for myself. Sorry, R2D200, that’s gonna take a wee while.

Some photos have turned out mostly in focus, and though they’re not exactly representative of the beautiful life I’m supposed to be living, they’re a start!

Love note via Scarlet
Nice handwriting, for a camera

There was a moth behind me


Overexposed Elvis* Using the iPad for the odd photo, note-taking and whatnot is cool, but that’s about it in my books.

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10 thoughts on “Introducing R2D200

  1. Looking forward to the workshop…only 26 days away!!

    Posted on 18 February 2013 at 7:12 pm
    1. i’m in desperate need after seeing the shots I took yesterday on mine :s

      Posted on 20 February 2013 at 8:47 pm
  2. Lordy, I want to this with you guys x

    Posted on 18 February 2013 at 10:36 pm
    1. doitdoitdoitdoit! ;) xo

      Posted on 20 February 2013 at 8:48 pm
  3. I love the top one of Elvis! His eyes and whiskers are so clear! Have fun at the workshop – looking forward to seeing more of R2D200 at work.

    Posted on 20 February 2013 at 9:58 am
    1. thank you m’dear! I’m quite chuffed with how that one of Elvis turned out :))

      Posted on 20 February 2013 at 8:43 pm
      1. You’ll have to let me know how the workshop goes – I notice she comes to Brisbane as well so I would love to go. Probably not in May this year though since I will have a two month old by then and she would probably not be welcome to attend. LOL

        Posted on 22 February 2013 at 3:49 pm
  4. rah, lovely to meet you too! Your photos are stunning!! The light, composition etc… beautiful – far better than any iPad pics:)

    Posted on 3 March 2013 at 9:18 pm
    1. you are SO sweet to say that Robyn, thank you!! :))

      Posted on 4 March 2013 at 9:13 pm
  5. Yep. Does take an awesome photo! Speaking of iPads. On my trip through Italy and France a Canadian woman on the same trip used her iPad to photograph the ENTIRE holiday. It just looked so damn awkward. Plus its wrong. So very, very wrong.

    Posted on 10 March 2013 at 2:37 pm