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Week 8: Theme - Romance

2011.02.23
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Eagle-eyed viewers will note that I have a new camera! I've had the D40 for almost 4 years now, and although it has served me exceptionally well, I decided it was time for an upgrade. I was considering the D3000, the D3100 and the D5000. I eventually settled on the D5000, as it had just about everything I wanted for a price I could afford. However, when I went to my local camera store to buy it, they had the D3100 on special offer, so it actually cost less than the D5000. So of course I went for the D3100. I've only had it 2 days, but so far I'm very happy with it. Most of the settings and controls are the same as the D40, and I don't think it will take me long to learn the new features.

This is my first attempt at a planned shot with it. The theme this week was 'Romance', and I immediately thought of strawberries. I knew exactly what kind of shot I wanted - a close up of the seeds with some leaves out of focus in the background. It took me much longer than I expected to get it just right however. I'm pleased with the final result though.

Kit & setup:
Nikon D3100 camera on a tripod (I also bought a new tripod - a Sunpak 6200PG - inexpensive, lightweight, and very easy to use)
85mm macro lens
Side-lit by incandescent table lamp in a dark room

Post editing:
I corrected the white balance, adjusted the lighting levels and sharpened in Photoshop Elements 8.

EXIF Data:
Exposure 10 sec
Aperture f/40
Focal Length 85 mm
ISO Speed 400
7 Comments
danrav Tracy, a fantastic shot and wonderful start to learning your new camera's abilities! Very, very nice!
danrav · 2011-02-23: 18:54
lgnelson Excellent exposure and composition. Really like this one.
lgnelson · 2011-02-23: 19:12
liveandletlive Superb Tracy! And now I want a strawberry!
liveandletlive · 2011-02-23: 22:12
pickledherring strawberry and cream - yummy !!

Nice close up.
pickledherring · 2011-02-24: 00:41
Arie Simply beautiful and nice :-)
Arie · 2011-02-24: 07:15
netterbutter BEAUTIFUL Tracy! Also I am very jealous of you and your new camera- I just had the opposite happen, my camera broke on Tuesday. I feel lost without it! But I am very excited to see what else you come up with with your new camera!
netterbutter · 2011-02-24: 14:14
girafferacing Congrats on your new camera. Love the photo - looks very tasty! :-)
girafferacing · 2011-02-24: 17:25
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Tagged: food fruit strawberry macro red seeds romance
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