Since I’ve been sick and stuck indoors for what seems like forever, I’ve been spending some time doing some housekeeping over at my Flickr account. It’s slow going, but eventually, I’ll get everything there organized properly. Really, I will. You can take my word for it because, well, it’s my Flickr account and not my pantry. If it were the latter, you might have to wait longer. Or at least until I run out of food to photograph.
See? It always comes back to photography.
But first, an update. As you all know (yes, all five or six of you who read my blog), I’ve been shooting with my beloved Canon Powershot S5. Canon has since replaced it with newer models, but the S5 will always be special to me. It’s the camera with which I explored the world of macro photography, and the camera that’s stood by me as I experimented with all sorts of homemade photo devices, like my string-pod and my styrofoam cup ring flash diffuser.
Well, now my S5 has a big brother. Back in September, I happened to be the astounded recipient of a Canon 5D, along with 3 lenses that, in my opinion, pretty much set me up for life. And while I still dearly love my S5, I had already felt for a long time that it was time to step up. That this sweet system came into my possession was simply too good to be true, and every time I pick up the 5D, I still can’t believe my good fortune.
One immediate benefit that’s been quite significant is that I no longer spend as much time using Photoshop. Most of the photos I’ve taken with the 5D (like the flan recipe, and the bar) have pretty much been straight from the camera. I use Lightroom more than Photoshop now, and I love spending less time post processing, because it means more time for other things.
That said, I know that a number of you visit here for point-and-shoot tips, and I want to assure you that you’ll still be getting those. In a way. After all, what I try to offer isn’t really camera-specific. Never has been. I’m a firm believer in mastering the basics and understanding concepts, because then you can apply that to whatever situation you’re in and whatever equipment happens to be in your hand at the moment. And I’ll be writing a lot about the basics. Besides, that may be all that I know, anyway.
So, as a nod to the basics, and a tribute to my S5, and as a reward for getting through about 5% of my Flickr photostream, I want to bring you a few of my favorites, all taken with my Canon S5. Let no one tell you that a point-and-shoot can’t take gorgeous (at least, I think so) shots. Whether it’s macro:
Whether it’s frisky bugs:
Or statuesque ladies:
What really matters is finding what’s beautiful in your eyes, and knowing how to use whatever you have to capture it.
If you want to see more of these shots, I’ve started putting them in their own set in my Flickr page. Just click on the mosaic below to view the page. I’ll be adding to it as my organizing progresses, and I’ll even add a set for my pre-Canon S5 shots, for the photos taken with an even older Canon Powershot A40 and the often-ignored still capture mode of an old canon DC10 videocam. Oh yeah. I’m bringing retro back big time.
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some coughing to do.