Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pictures of Autumn

This is a repost of a 55 from a couple years ago, partly because I'm exhausted, partly because the other thing I wrote is a screed about the evils of American football, partly because what I am reposting is much more positive and illustrates what I love best about this season, and partly because it reminds me how much I miss having a functioning camera.  

I hope to soon rectify the lack of camera and I have more or less decided to upgrade to a digital SLR over my poor dead point and shoot, so long as I can find something I want within my price range.  To that end any of you shutterbugs out there who have particular favorites or tips regarding a camera I'd welcome your input.  I know I want something with live-view and to eventually have some decent macro capability.  I'm not brand loyal so you can give me your unvarnished opinions pro or con in that regard.   I've been doing a little research online and went out over the weekend to try to do some test drives in 4 different stores but that was an entirely fruitless endeavor since the stores either had broken cameras or cameras with no power supply.  Feel free to leave any opinions or advice in the comments.

Anyway, on with the pictures....

 

Golden light slants through the trees
dressed in blazing costumes.
Crisp air blows through the limbs as the orchestra tunes.



Gusts send a thousand ballerina leaves
into pirouetting descent
until they rest upon the ground
amid the gently rustling applause
of those awaiting the finale.



The curtain of night falls
upon one more autumn performance.





12 comments:

Craig said...

C'est magnifique!

Beautiful photography.

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And thanks for at least puttin' off the screed against football; at least let me enjoy my Spartans a little while; we get so few opportunities, you know. . . (altho, truth to tell, in my heart of hearts, I might even agree with you. . .)

;)

Dave said...

Lovely photos Michelle. As for digital cameras get a small point and shoot with 8 or more Megapixels and an eye view finder as well as a viewing screen. They shouldn't be too expensive. - Dave

Beach Bum said...
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Beach Bum said...

Had my dinky camera for close to six years now, its a 5 megapixel, and I still haven't figured out really how to use it. Its hit or miss with me

Your pictures are great!

S said...

I am a huge fan of Canons, bar none. Even though my 5 year old camera is a little slow, the images are perfect!
It was less than 100 as well.
Beautiful shots, I love the purple leaf the best.

clean and crazy said...

i still have one of those sure shots. it is a cannon. i am told women like cannons better than other cameras. i took a photography class and my teacher prefered nikons. a good slr will cost about 600 plus a good lens would be more. there are police auctions online though and they have all kinds of stuff, they got from criminals but they are auctioning off from their storage, don't remember what you call that.

you have a wonderful eye, i am sure you will find the camera that fits you best. make sure they are a durable one, my cannon has taken a few drops and hits and is still great.

Hilary said...

A beautiful 55. I love that purple grape leaf.

I don't know what your price range is, but I can tell you that I love my Canon EOS 50D. Having never used an SLR before, it was a sharp learning curve for me.. and I still have more to learn than I've accomplished so far. But it's a fine camera. It's not inexpensive.. luckily for me, it was a gift. As is the upgraded lens (a Canon 17 -85mm) and an additionally acquired zoom (70-300). I hope to get a macro someday. Good luck on selecting the camera that's right for you. I look forward to knowing which one you'll get and even more so to seeing the results.

Suldog said...

A lovely post for me to return to from my vacation. I especially like the night shot!

Mona said...

Canon is fine, but Sony's better. I am a fan of Yashica though!
Lovely pictures.

Craver Vii said...

Nice pics, Lime!

I use a Pentax DSLR, and they have a reputation for being a good value for the money (though I would rather have a Canon or Nikon if I could afford it).

Adding a zoom lens can be incredibly expensive, so I made a really low offer to someone who's film SLR was doing nothing but gathering dust. I can't do autofocus with it, but the price was right... $35 for a 100-300mm.

If you can afford a fast lens (larger aperture) with anti-vibration or anti-shock technology, you are definitely going to want that.

Having said that, if I lost everything and had to start over, I would probably go with a mid to higher end point and shoot, because they perform very well.

Jocelyn said...

Gorgeous stuff...but I'm still gunning for the football screed. It's more, er, cathartic.

Okay, just FYI: I've read your last four posts, but it's taking 10 mins for the comment window to load, so I'm just leaving this one here. But you make one hella good redneck, honey.

Jocelyn said...

Gorgeous stuff...but I'm still gunning for the football screed. It's more, er, cathartic.

Okay, just FYI: I've read your last four posts, but it's taking 10 mins for the comment window to load, so I'm just leaving this one here. But you make one hella good redneck, honey.