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My First Post

I set up this web site to have a place to publish my photos and to post my random musings.  I am still learning WordPress so this is a trial post to see if I can make everything work properly.

Here is a photo I took on 9-28-09 using my Nikon D40, a 55-200 kit lens, ISO 200, focal length 200 mm.  Light was fading fast so this was shot using Auto-ISO which would tweak up the ISO for shutter speeds below 1/60th sec, just in case.  It turned out this was not necessary, however, as the P (Program) mode selected a shutter speed of 1/400th sec and aperture f/5.6.

Indian River pelican at sundown

Indian River pelican at sundown

Post processing was done with Photoshop Elements 7.0.  I cropped the image,  popped the saturation a little, and that was it.  For a full-size version of the photo always click on the image.

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  1. I like this picture. I need to get a nice camera. A step up from the one I have now. Any suggestions?


  2. For anyone contemplating moving up from a point-and-shoot to their first dSLR (digital single-lens reflex), I recommend a basic like the Nikon D40 and a couple of kit lens. It probably comes with the 18-55mm and I would get the 55-200mm. Later, you can get a wide angle zoom, like the Sigma 10-20 mm, and a longer zoom, say 80-400mm, but you’ll be spending some big bucks for this one. Although I don’t agree with everything he says, a lot of what Ken Rockwell preaches makes a lot of sense for a beginner. Whether you go with Nikon or Canon may be affected by whether you have any old 35mm lenses lying around that are worthwhile. If you used Nikon film cameras, you will probably want to stay with Nikon. Otherwise, six of one…

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, each time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.

  4. This is beautiful! You ought to submit it in a photography contest!

  5. You have a real gift! Thank you for sharing your photos with my husband Socrates who then shared them with me!!!

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