My Photography

I took another break today from studying. I just can’t keep myself focused for hours after hours, I’m sure I’ll regret this come test time, but I decided to stick to my failed plan and upload some of my pictures. I’ve got MANY photos, some of which I may have already shared here, but I’m sharing again. Don’t be afraid to tell me what you think, if you think it’s bad then tell me. If you think they are good, we’ll I’d love to hear that too.

I recently got accepted to a local University with a scholarship and right now I can’t attend because of money. I can’t get loans to offset the difference, but when I can find a way I’m going to attend. I want to minor in photography, but I haven’t decided what I want to major in yet. I need a backup plan in case of injury and have to change career.

Anyway, now that I’m finally sharing my pictures…what do you think?? All these pictures are sale though a local business, a friend of mine, so if you’re interested please e-mail me and I can get you the information. I have MANY more not even posted here.

Mountains!

Here they are…just a few. I took about 1700 pictures total! Crazy, I know…I wanted to take as many as possible so I had plenty to edit later.

More of My Pictures

…if you care to see. Again, I will share my page with you if you message me and ask for it as mentioned here. What do you think? Are my pictures getting better? Worse? Let me know. : )

Trying to Organize My Thoughts

Wow…I’m sorry for anyone that has been waiting for a post…it’s been too long! Man life has been busy! And so much on my mind that I don’t even know where to being. Let’s do this the best I can…

First, I return to hell next week, aka the job I tried to quit! The Police Chief has assured me I’m protected and to just keep doing all the good I do. I hope he can help me, cause I sure need it! I am NOT looking forward to going back. The Captain will return shortly after I do, and his first 4 shifts back he’s stuck with yours truly…yep, just me and him alone..FML! I’m so fucked!! But I guess we’ll see because if he even messed up the smallest amount he’s gone. I will be sure to keep you posted on that as it happens.

Next, my awesome man has supported me in my photography. He goes with me to take pictures and sits by myself waiting patiently while I edit my photos. He loves it and tells me all the time that my photos are wonderful. I will be sharing some here but not as many as on my Facebook page, problem is…if I share that information here, then you know my name and location. So…I’m opening this up…if you want to connect and see more of my picture then e-mail me at our24yearagegap@yahoo.com and I will give you the information. I will share the link to my Facebook page, the link for my personal website, and information for the shop I am selling my pictures out of.

That’s right…I’m now selling my pictures. The shop owner is a friend of mine, she recently opened her own frame shop and allows artists to sell through here. Her and her family love my pictures! Several people I have showed them to do. So want to see more of my pictures? E-mail me and I will allow access as long as you promise not to share my identity and location here. I know, crazy…I’m trusting complete strangers…but I will. I will share it with you.

Next topic…my man…I’ve realized my family will never be ok with it and it’s hard. It’s so hard. I don’t want to lose him no matter what, and my family is shitty to begin with, but they are still my family…it’s just hard. This whole situation is difficult. I just wish our relationship could be “normal”! I mean, it is normal, we’re just like every other couple out there…we just happen to have a little more of an age difference between us.

For now this is the best I can do to share. My mind is just racing all over and I can’t get it all out. I feel so trapped in my mind! I hate this…it happens far too often. But I sure am glad to see a few of my favorite bloggers back and I hope to be back and do a little better of sharing soon.

Photography Take 2

Since I have a full month off from hell, aka the job I unfortunately didn’t quit, I’ve been camping and working on my photos some. I went to one of the perfect places to take pictures around here. After some tweaks on my camera and computer, I have come up with the following photos. What do you think?

One of the spings there is just beautiful, has been every time I’ve been here, except for this time. Bummer. There was apparently a major cave in that has caused the water to be very murky so pictures weren’t good at all. But I still managed a few at some different locations. I hope you like them!

Camera Review

This is the long awaited review, now that I have some down time (thanks to medical leave) and not on vacation anymore (also thanks to medical leave), I can finally review my new camera. I have taken a lot of picture with my iPhone but always wanted a really good camera because enough though my phone takes great pictures, I think I could be really good with a good camera. Several years ago an ex-boyfriend (that bought stuff to make up for bad behavior) got me a camera I did wonders with but I really wanted a DSLR so I could change lenses and do more with it.

The past couple months I started reviewing cameras and finally a few weeks ago I came across one that looked great for the price. I did a lot of research on it, asked some good photographers I know, and determined that for the price, this was the perfect camera for me. I didn’t want something too expensive, but wanted something that could grow with me too. I ended up getting the Nikon D3200, one of their new cameras. You can google search for hours and get thousands of reviews on this camera and more.

Before I review it, here are the specs from Nikon’s website.

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D3200 Specifications

Type
Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of view
Approx. 1.5x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent); Nikon DX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels
24.2 million
Image sensor
Image sensor
23.2 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels
24.7 million
Dust-reduction System
Image sensor cleaning
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Storage
Image size (pixels)
6,016 x 4,000 [L], 4,512 x 3,000 [M], 3,008 x 2,000 [S]
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
Media
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File system
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification
Approx. 0.8x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint
18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment
-1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Focusing screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror
Quick return
Lens aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Lens
Compatible lenses
Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses; Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX-NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported) and AI-P lenses; Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M but the camera exposure meter will not function
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Shutter
Type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed
1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash sync speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release
Release mode
(single frame),  (continuous),  (self-timer),  (delayed remote),  (quick-response remote),  (quiet shutter release)
Frame advance rate
Up to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timer
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures
Exposure
Metering
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
  • Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
  • Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
  • Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
  • Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
CPU
Mode
Auto modes (  auto;   auto [flash off]); scene modes (  portrait;   landscape;   child;   sports;   close up;   night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with ( ) button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
On, off
Focus
Autofocus
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
  • Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point
Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode
Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing ( ) button
Flash
Built-in flash
, , , , : Auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number
Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal
AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)
White balance
White balance
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning
Live View
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic scene selection
Available in and modes
Movie
Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method
Matrix
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
  • 1,920 x 1,080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p, ★ high/normal
  • 1,280 x 720, 60p/50p, ★ high/normal
  • 640 x 424, 30p/25p, ★ high/normal
  •  Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
File format
MOV
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
ISO 200 to 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Monitor
Monitor
7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback
Playback
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation and image comment (up to 36 characters)
Interface
USB
Hi-Speed USB
Video output
NTSC, PAL
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal
MC-DC2 Remote Cord (available separately), GP-1 GPS Unit (available separately)
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Supported languages
Supported languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power source
Battery
One EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
AC adapter
EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5A Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions / weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm/5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.
Weight
Approx. 505 g/1 lb 1.8 oz (with battery and memory card but without body cap); approx. 455 g/1 lb (camera body only)
Operating environment
Temperature
0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F
Humidity
Less than 85% (no condensation)
Accessories
Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)
EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-24 Battery Charger, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, DK-20 Rubber Eyecup, UC-E17 USB Cable, EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable, AN-DC3 Camera Strap, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
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  • PictBridge is a trademark.
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  • Images in viewfinders, on LCDs and monitors shown in this website are simulated.

Memory card capacity

The following table shows the approximate number of pictures that can be stored on a 8 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card at different image quality and size settings. Note that buffer capacity drops at ISO sensitivity of 1600 or higher.

Image quality
Image size
File size1
No. of images1
Buffer capacity2
NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine3
Large
31.9 MB
171
10
NEF (RAW)
20.4 MB
259
18
JPEG fine
Large
Medium
Small
11.9 MB
7.4 MB
3.8 MB
509
853
1600
80
100
100
JPEG normal
Large
Medium
Small
6.2 MB
3.7 MB
1.9 MB
1000
1600
3200
100
100
100
JPEG basic
Large
Medium
Small
3.0 MB
1.9 MB
1.0 MB
1900
3200
6300
100
100
100
  • 1All figures are approximate. Results will vary with card type, camera settings, and scene recorded.
  • 2Maximum number of exposures that can be stored in memory buffer at ISO 100. Drops when noise reduction or auto distortion control is on.
  • 3Image size applies to JPEG images only. Size of NEF (RAW) images can not be changed. File size is the total for NEF (RAW) and JPEG images.

Approved memory cards

The following SD memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the D3200. Cards with class 6 or faster write speeds are recommended for movie recording. Recording may end unexpectedly when cards with slower write speeds are used.

SD memory cards
SDHC memory cards2
SDXC memory cards3
SanDisk
2 GB1
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
64 GB
Toshiba
2 GB1
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
64 GB
Panasonic
2 GB1
4 GB, 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB, 24 GB, 32 GB
48 GB, 64 GB
Lexar Media
2 GB1
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
Platinum II
2 GB1
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
Professional
2 GB1
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 MB, 128 MB
Full-HD Video
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB
  • 1Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used support 2 GB cards.
  • 2Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used are SDHC-compliant. The camera supports UHS-I.
  • 3Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used are SDXC-compliant. The camera supports UHS-I.

Note: Other cards have not been tested. For more details on the above cards, please contact the manufacturer.

The one thing that appealed the fact that this camera has 24.2 megapixels and it’s only $699. Most with this cost well into the thousands or more! I started looking into the other features of it too and decided that this was just going to be the perfect camera for a beginner like me. I went to the store to hold it and it felt great in my hand too. A lot of the “cheaper” DSLR cameras out there have a small frame, which is fine for me because I have small hands. However my man does not, so I wanted something he could use to because I’m getting him into photography as well, the larger grip on this camera made it comfortable for him too. The lens that comes with it includes the vibration reduction feature which is helpful as well when on the move. So I bought it that day and don’t regret it one bit!

The next day I had to work so I took the camera with me and tested it out. On my previous post you can see just a few pictures I took in the early morning hours testing the camera’s quality. That evening we also tested it with the sunset as well and this camera really preforms! It does great on portraits as well but you’ll have to wait for those pictures because I need to do a little editing. Right now I’m using Photoshop to edit because I just really like that program. My mom’s work had more copies so I got to add it to my computer, score! But it’s an older edition, either way it still works great for me!

For the price, quality, features, and everything on this camera I am VERY happy with my purchase! I will be sure to post many pictures as I take them. Let me know what you think. : ) I always love hearing back from my readers.