Monday, September 7, 2009

Shutterbug: Go Blue Style


As some of you may know, I've been drooling over a digital SLR camera for awhile now.

I love pictures.

I love color.

I love composition.

I love art. And creating it, in some form.

And I read a lot of blogs where fantastic photography is part of the mix.

So I read reviews. Polled friends. Asked a lot of questions. Talked to Josh about it. And then, Saturday morning, bit the bullet and picked one up.

I got this one:

I'm thinking of naming her Amy.

And let me just tell you -


I only have one lens - the one that came with my camera body. And yet I think this thing is completely fantastic. And I know neeeeext to nothing about how to use it - only what I've picked up from some photography blogs. I plan to read up in the coming months. But armed with only the most basic of ideas about shutter speed and aperture, I brought my new toy with me to the Michigan game on opening day.

I took so many shots that the lady sitting behind me asked me if I worked for a newspaper.  But practice makes perfect, right?

This camera really captured the vivid colors of the Big House.

The green grass. The blue flags. The maize student section. And all as sharp as a tack.

None of these pictures have been at all touched by Photoshop. No boosting the colors. No sharpening the edges. Not to say I won't go back to Photoshop sometime soon to tweak my SLR pics. But for now I'm just enjoying the SLR in its true, raw form.

And then I started playing with aperture. A dangerous addiction, to be sure.

You mean I can get that delicious blurry background without Photoshop? Amazing!

No, I don't have any idea who these people are. I sat alone for the first half since we couldn't get three tickets together, and enjoyed snapping pictures of strangers. They're sometimes more cooperative than people who know they're getting their picture taken. At least, they tend to look more natural.


And the icing on the cake? We won! Big.

M Go Blue indeed.


Jenni S. said...

You got some great pictures, Jess! Even if it is of UofM football. LOL.

Erika said...

I like the pictures, Jess! You have an eye for this :) Glad you enjoyed the game as well.... :)