Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Testing, Testing... 1... 2... 3...


This has been a test. If these were real photos being posted to these here inter-tubes you would have derived pleasure from them…rather than shock and dismay. Be that as it may, the instrument has landed. I returned from the dentist’s office about an hour ago (where everything was hunky-dory, thanks for asking), worried that FedEx just might have come by in my absence. But… nothing attached to my door, so I assumed they had not.

Ha.

I decided to check FedEx’s tracking site and Lo! My package was “left by the front door.” And so it was, tucked unobtrusively behind my lawn chair and in front of the RV’s rear wheels. Big and immediate sigh of relief!

So: I assembled the instrument, figured out how to turn it on and such, set the self-timer, pressed the shutter, and assumed the pose. What you see above is my first picture, shot in full-auto mode. The original sized photo is cropped in the second pic to show only my ugly mug. The whole image was re-sized to 30% of the original in the first. Big files, to put it mildly…3.68 Mb for this one... and this is a jpeg, not a RAW image.

It’s too danged hot outside to go play, so you and I will both wait for more interesting stuff…which will come later rather than sooner.

In the meantime, I’m gonna play around with the thing and try and get more of an intuitive feel for the controls and such. I was dead-wrong when I said I didn’t think “the learning curve will be all that steep” in my post this morning.

Ha. Yet again.

15 comments:

  1. Yeah, that is what we were waiting for!

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  2. Glad all went well at Dr. Thompson's office today.

    I had never used anything other than a point and shoot, so my SLR was different to use, to say the least. I think the hardest thing to get used to was using the viewfinder rather than looking on the screen (in auto mode). I'm still learning on the manual modes.

    Boy, I need to bring you by some good ol' southern cooking and put some meat on those bones!!!!

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  3. Ye haw! Great pictures. I can't wait to see more. Gotta agree with Jenny, though. We need to put some meat on those bones!

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  4. MissBirdlegs in AL18 June, 2008 19:00

    Buck, from one bony person to another - bony ain't so bad... ;-)

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  5. Good thing I'm on dialup. Eases the shock. You were going for shock, right?
    ==>smiley thingy.

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  6. Oh, yeah. "...shock and dismay..."

    No dismay, so there's that.

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  7. Love the picture!!! Thanks for sharing Photo Numero Uno with us.

    Waiting for more great pics....

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  8. Thanks for the kind words, all y'all.

    Jenny sez: I had never used anything other than a point and shoot, so my SLR was different to use, to say the least. I think the hardest thing to get used to was using the viewfinder rather than looking on the screen (in auto mode). I'm still learning on the manual modes.

    Me, too... about the LCD screen vs. viewfinder. This may sound like heresy, but one of the VERY first things I noticed while playing around is just how much my shooting habits have changed over the years since I got my first digital camera. The heresy comes into play because I find using the old camera's LCD screen easier and more convenient than the viewfinder on the SLR. And now I have to re-train myself. Again.

    Miss Birdlegs sez: Buck, from one bony person to another - bony ain't so bad... ;-)

    Agreed, Miss Birdlegs. I've been skinny all my life, but find it's getting worse as I get older. It doesn't seem to matter how much I eat... I still look underfed. And that's today's understatement.

    Thanks for dropping by!!

    Bob: At least I didn't trot out that old and oh-so-tired line about scaring the horses, yet again. :-)

    Oh...and Jenny... you can feed me ANY time you like, based on that wonderful chicken soup you brought by after my surgery. ;-)

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  9. I like that shot Buck, and too bad about that "learning curve"
    Seems like there's always something to deal with in everything. Good thing you got plenty of time to play :)

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  10. That's a pretty smooth Tigeresque shirt you got on there. Goood to see the shutterbug is alive and well in P-ville.

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  11. Thanks, Dawn. And I DO have all the time I need to play! That's a good thing!

    Jay: Dunno about well, but I'm certainly alive, LOL!

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  12. MissBirdlegs in AL19 June, 2008 13:06

    I've been skinny all my life, too - had two skinny granddads. Eat like a pig and can't get above 93 lbs (I'm less than 5' tall, too) unless I'm pregnant. That ain't gonna happen again at this late date, so have decided to be happy with skinny. ;-)

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  13. Ah, Miss Birdlegs... I really do relate, except for the pregnant bits.

    I weigh slightly less than 110 lbs and am about 5' 8". The most I've ever weighed was just under 150... and that was when I was fresh out of basic training. I hovered around 130 or so until six or seven years ago and then the weight started coming off... I hope I'm stabilized now. If I lose any more I'll just blow away with the wind here! ;-)

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  14. Thanks, Ash. You are SO kind!

    And...apropos of nothing... When's the last time you visited with your optometrist? ;-)

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