I didn’t have too much pictures as a baby, back in that time and specially in Cuba with no resources and in a countryside town, babies take one single photo when they are 1 month old, 3 months old, 6 months, and one year old. Then probably every birthday there is one picture, one per birthday. On the 90’s when the thing got really hard I probably have one picture every few years.
Not too much opportunities to have pictures taken or take them. But I always was amazed by the cameras and picture taking. Not too hard to make it my life passion, (computers and software are), but enough to then use every opportunity I had to shoot photos.
My dad got one borrowed in few occasions and we got the chance to take photos of random things. My dad is a very creative person so I had a truly amazing time taking pictures. Now I started a quest to find all old photos I can find that I had probably taken myself as a kid.
The first digital camera I used, (also borrowed), was around 2003, a Sony MVCFD100 FD Mavica
This camera uses 3 1/2 floppy disk as storage. It’s crazy now days to think about this, but this was a revolutionary thing back then in early 2000’s. This video shows more details of the camera, amazing. Incredibly the Mavica can be bought on Amazon. That was the first time I could shoot unbelievable amount (for my context) of pictures. but was only for a short time.
Computers and programming got me after that but around 2006 I got a Kodak Easyshare C330 4MP 3X zoom.
This was amazing for me as I could capture a lot and and I have nice albums with very nice memories of back then. My goal was to take the picture and make it visible
At some point with the camera on cellphones I just took pictures for capturing the moment and the memories with the cellphone and drop all camera related pictures entirely. And cell phone cameras has increased so much in power, specially the software behind it, that most cameras are a liability to carry.
Fast forward 2016, I have got a more “photographer” camera as my birthday present from my wife. Ok I had the chance to pick the model so I started with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 Kit with a tripod, couple of lenses and few other filters and stuff.
It’s a beginners camera, I found this amazing answer explaining Cannon’s camera series differences so I decided to start low to learn the basics and get familiar with everything.
My point of entry to read was http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/, still reading but so far not deep enough, but basic enough to get familiar with all concepts around them. My learning approach urges me to do something as soon as I learned so I started taking pictures right the way after opening the box and still trying to apply some of the basics I’ve learn.
This is a resume of the first month of photo taking with the ones I like the most, I hope to improve over time as I learn more.
One of the first photos taken, at night, interior flower arrangement. I was trying the different options on the camera, the macro photos are really nice so this was the first shoot:
Unedited, automatic settings (macro): f5.6 1/60s ISO-800 55mm
All objects in the house with an appeal to take macro photos, are photographed already, I have nothing else to try out. This is a Home Depot wood ruler I use for the artificial wall I created to put behind my work desk. I like the photo, is not focused properly, I wanted to focus on the word HOME though, but will try again.
Unedited, automatic settings (macro): f5.6 1/80s ISO-800 55mm.
Another house object. A dream catcher we got on West Palm Beach annual Fair last Year. The room is mostly dark, this is an IKEA lamp with the dram catcher hanging. The photo captures the fact that we hang it.
Unedited, automatic settings: f4.5 1/80s ISO-2500 36mm.
CloseUp of a porterweed flower. I have this porterweed for a over a year now living in a container. Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (I knew it as Verbena Cimarrona o Orozul Macho):
Unedited, manual settings: f5.6 1/100s ISO-100 55mm.
I like this picture, this nature, it was almost sunset when I took it at the AD Dough Barnes Park:
Unedited, manual settings: f8 1/40s ISO-100 18mm.
This spider was high up in a tree, it was huge. Not that I am afraid of spiders but honesty never looked at that wierd thing that close before:
Unedited, shutter priority settings: f 5.6 1/400s ISO-1250 300mm.
Same day, same park, sunset sun behind the subject (my wife). This photo was very challenging to me as I want to really improve it and make the subject more focused, remove lens flare but keep that nice lighting effect. But this was my best try so far:
Unedited, automatic settings Portrait Mode: f4 1/320s ISO-100 75mm.
This one was very hard to take, the squirrel moves really fast, I switched to manual focus because the because the autofocus always focused the wrong thing
Unedited, automatic settings Action: f5 1/400s ISO-3200 200mm.
Abandoned cat in the part eating the left overs from someone.
Unedited, automatic settings Action: f5.6 1/100s ISO-3200 300mm.
Home prepared, oven-ready lasagna with ground beef and avocados. The ground beef in sauce with onions, turmeric, organic tomato paste, cooking wine. Mine was without cheese. It was good. Will do a photo series post about different food. This photo was a good capture of food
Unedited, automatic settings Food: f5.6 1/30s ISO-3200 53mm.
US flag on American Airlines Arena in Miami. I like the sun light on the flag.
Unedited, automatic settings Landscape: f10 1/250s ISO-100 55mm.
City bikes near Airlines Arena, Now that I think it better, will retake this picture with better composition focusing on the rear wheels.
Unedited, automatic settings Landscape: f10 1/200s ISO-100 44mm.
US Flag on Miami Downtown building contrasting with the windows
Unedited, automatic settings Landscape: f7.1 1/125s ISO-100 53mm.
Subject refreshing from Miami sun behind light post. need to learn how to increase exposure on the subject here without overexposing the entire picture. The cloth part that receives sunlight is highly exposed.
Unedited, automatic settings Portrait: f5.6 1/400s ISO-100 55mm.
Couple taking pictures by Bayfront Park in Miami (not to themselves though, but funny arrangement)
Unedited, automatic settings Portrait: f22 1/200s ISO-800 44mm.
Light house at Key Biscayne, sun is exactly behind the light house. Could be edited to show the light house in 90 degree angle. It’s little tilted.
Unedited, automatic settings Landscape: f13 1/320s ISO-100 40mm.
Window inside the lighthouse, kid playing on the background, I like this picture. Could be properly squared though. It was taken fast while climbing the stairs
Unedited, automatic settings Landscape: f10 1/100s ISO-100 18mm.
Shoot from the top of the lighthouse to it’s shadow in the sand.
Unedited, automatic settings Landscape: f11 1/125s ISO-100 18mm.
Flying seagull on Key Biscayne beach, not telephoto lens though. There is a dark spot on the lens, very visible on this solid background though
Unedited, automatic settings Action: f6.3 1/800s ISO-100 55mm.
So far I’ve been using the automatic settings, changing them accordingly and pay attention on the aperture, speed, ISO and focal length and see the result, and start with the manual settings using that as starting point.
My impressions on the kit so far:
This kit comes with the Camera, a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens and a 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. This is great but now that I have taken a few, I should have pick a different one, because the second lens, the 300mm one starts at 75 and has no image stabilizer, I have found that having a 55mm is very versatile for what I have needed so far. Maybe this camera kit would have been better, since the larger lens is 55-250mm with image stabilizing. I would definitely go for this last one.
Anyway it’s a good start, I like the photos so far, still learning and improving. Will do night photography to Miami Downtown, sunrises and sunsets to try different settings…