Getting to know each other

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My first DSLR and I

After some research I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens kit earlier this month. I based my decision mainly on advice from friends and reviews I read online. Now I want to learn all about the camera and photography. My first project is to  create a 2014 calendar with the theme “Hidden Gems of Brisbane”. Any advice and feedback is welcome.

Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

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Walking down the cobbled streets of Pelourinho…

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…we started chatting to the man by the church who told us that his mother used to live in the house across the square…

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… until the government listed the houses under heritage and gutted some and promised to restore and renovate.

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That was in 1997. His mother is 87 now.

Shutter priority assignment

So far I mainly changed from Auto to Aperture priority whenever I felt adventurous.

P, S and M settings have been still widely unexplored. Nothing better than a hot Sunday afternoon to spend with my feet in the creek and my camera on a tripod… and a shutter priority assignment to explore some new features of my camera. Loved seeing what difference shutter speed made to the result.

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ISO 100, 105mm, f/20, 1/15 sec

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ISO 100, 105mm, f/10, 1/60 sec

Eye for detail

We went down to the Brisbane River to see the annual Riverfire fireworks tonight.  Traditionally the riverbanks get crowded at key viewing spots. Since we didn’t want to camp for several hours at these areas to secure a good spot, we had to make do with whatever spots were left on the overcrowded river banks of New Farm.

I thought I had scored a useful spot (for a latecomer). In the dark I hardly notice the branches of the tree and they did not distract from the amazing spectacle that unfolded.

But the camera did notice them!

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watching the fire works

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Focus on Sunflowers

Sunflowers always remind me of Europe, ever since I watched the Tour de France peloton on TV race through a sea of yellow, and even more since we drove our Campervan through thick yellow sunflower fields near Carcassonne last year. Sometime, for special occasions, I buy a bunch of sunflowers for the apartment.

My assignment was to take a sharp photo of the sunflowers. Easy, right?! I could not believe how many photos I took, uploaded and deleted over the past six days, and I’m still not really happy with the sharpness of the image. Sunflowers