Posts tagged ‘photo equipment’

April 19, 2010

{New Camera}

by Hannah

Today my Nikon D700 came in the mail. I knew it would be awesome, and better than my D70s in many ways, but I am still amazed. I went out with it in my in-laws’ back yard earlier to play a bit. I still have a lot to learn about it but I am already in love!
{these are all SOOC (straight out of camera) except for cropping in the case of the square ones. you’ve probably noticed I have a thing for square crops :) }

a little self-portrait action (possibly one of the last shots of me without dreads?!)
self portrait

just look up.


watching birds
watching birds

Jackie’s amaryllis about to bloom
amarillas- almost there

A few thoughts on equipment…
I am usually a big proponent of spending your money on glass rather than camera bodies. Good lenses make a huge, huge difference, and will last you a lifetime if taken care of. Especially in this digital world, a camera body will need to replaced periodically. But, there comes a time when you just have to upgrade the body, and I was there. I was noticing graininess, needed high ISO capabilities, and really wanted a full-frame sensor. I am really, really glad I made this decision and I feel it was a smart one for my business. I will now have a backup camera (my old one), which is also a very good thing. Now I will be saving for some new lenses, as my collection is quite small and limiting. The 85mm and a macro are high on my list…

more photos coming soon I am sure!

March 29, 2010

for the love of film

by Hannah

Today I picked up pictures from my first roll of film since picking my Pentax Spotmatic up from the repair shop. This camera has been broken for a few years now. One camera shop told me it wasn’t fixable, but I didn’t believe them. I finally found this little place locally, owned and operated by this nice elderly gentleman who is pretty much a photography genius. I’m so happy to be able to use this camera again- here are a few from this roll. I’ll post more soon but I am tired now and need to get to bed!




Oh by the way… in other analog photography news, instant film isn’t dying after all! The Impossible Project proved last week that sometimes the impossible is possible after all, and have made a new instant black and white film available for vintage Polaroid cameras. A color version is coming this summer. Unfortunately I do not have an SX-70 that actually works, and I wouldn’t spend the money for the new film for my other Polaroid camera- the quality just isn’t very good. When I can, I would love to get either an SX-70 or an SLR 680.

March 19, 2010

he wants to give me a blade of grass… i want to give him the world.

by Hannah


These days are flying by… I have been incredibly busy lately, and trying to stay centered in the midst of it all. Spending time playing with Seth is therapeutic. He might be the happiest baby ever, really. How can you be stressed when there’s a little person next to you, babbling away and saying “mama” and trying to give you little blades of grass? I know, you just can’t, right?

swinging with mama

My poor Nikon is back at the camera hospital. I am shooting with Pentax for now, which is finally fixed and is working beautifully. Here’s a snap I took with my phone:
the pentax

March 3, 2010

Paris. Ah yes, that would be nice…

by Hannah

{photograph by Orsolya Ganzler}

Manny and I almost went to Paris on our Honeymoon. We talked to a travel agent about it, we almost booked it… and then realized that we just couldn’t pull it off financially. So we went to Georgia, had a wonderful time, and told ourselves that we would go to Paris when we could. We are going to start a fund for the trip, and add a bit to it here and there so that we feel like it will eventually be a reality. Of course now it will be a family trip. We have always been advocates of globetrotting with kids in tow- I think it is good for them, and I think that it just isn’t right for parents to feel like they must put all travel dreams on hold for 18-plus years. As we’ve daydreamed about our big European adventure, it has evolved to include not only Paris, but other parts of France, and Barcelona, and possibly even Portugal. It is going to be involved, possibly quite tiring, completely breathtaking, fairly expensive, and positively wonderful. We will get there.

In other news…

My little one is still miserably sick. Poor thing.

I kind of wish I needed a new camera bag, because I have a serious crush on the Ginger bag from Epiphanie. Just gorgeous. Manny got me a new camera bag for my birthday, which is also beautiful:

And I really am thankful for the bag I have and the wonderful husband who was thoughtful enough to pick it out for me. : )

Oh and speaking of Epiphanie, they are doing a giveaway on their blog right now, for either a Canon 5D Mark II, or a $2500 gift certificate to Southwest Airlines. I keep wondering which I would choose… I have been a Nikon girl all along, but this camera would be a significant upgrade from the one I have, but I would need to buy lenses for it because all my lenses are of course Nikon… and well, my goodness- $2500 in airfare!? That we could certainly put to good use. With our plans to go to Colorado. And probably another trip to visit my family in Massachusetts as well. And maybe Maine- I have been dying to bring Manny there… Yes I think that I would choose the airfare. {I do have plans for a future camera upgrade though, once my business grows to the point where it makes sense.}

Desserts need to be banned from my house. I have been eating Key Lime Pie and homemade brownies lately. Too much sugar. But seriously, yum. I am inspired and slightly ashamed by this post by my friend Jami who is fasting from sugar right now. As far as healthy eating goes, sugar has been one of the hardest things for me. I’ll do really well for a while, and I know a lot about how bad it really is for me, but once I start eating sweets I have trouble fighting the cravings. And it makes me feel so sick too. I think I might just have to commit to a total fast from it as well, to break the cycle. After the pie and brownies are gone… {shame on me lol}

Oh and speaking of food, I saw Julie & Julia a few nights ago. I loved it. It was beautiful and funny and made me want to cook all kinds of beautiful, delicious things. I wanted to buy Julia Child’s book and master the art of French cooking myself. I wanted a mortar and pestal and a really good knife and an adorable kitchen with pans hanging on the walls (you’d have to see it).

I really like this article from Simple Mom about creating a rich childhood for your kids while living a frugal life. I want to raise our children this way.

I want a vintage-style clamp task lamp for my desk. Better yet, one that actually is vintage. I see a flea market in my future…

I cut up my new Anthropologie catalog and pinned a bunch of the pictures on the cork boards above my desk. I love the photography (and of course the items) in those catalogs.

Photographer Nancy Neil’s home, featured on Design Sponge,
it is so beautiful and inspiring to me. The story behind the house is pretty amazing as well. I love her work too- it is so real and raw and in breathtakingly beautiful way. Here is the Flickr set with more pictures of the house. I want to create a home that speaks of who we are as a family, in every detail. I want to find unique and beautiful things at flea markets and thrift and antique stores, rather than just going to Target, you know?

This post, from Becoming Sarah, made me tear up a bit.

And finally, Happy Birthday (yesterday) to the one and only Theodor Seuss Geisel- Dr. Seuss. Some wonderful quotes of his:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Oh my goodness I could go on and on. What a truly special person. He would have been 106 years old.

This can officially go on the top ten most random posts ever list. I am okay with that. : )

March 1, 2010

First Holga Shots

by Hannah

Another hard day with a sick little one, though we did manage to get out for a while- it was a beautiful day out. I got my first two rolls of film from the Holga processed, and while there are a few duds, I really love some of them. Here are my favorites..

From home before we left:

out for a walk



beach blanket



From our trip:


snowy tree

early morning snow

mi amor

I was again unable to get the pictures from my Nikon uploaded- my apologies. Seth has been in need of a lot of mommy time, and I am feeling pretty sick myself. Tomorrow I am going to try to rest more and see if I can knock this sucker out. If I get a chance I’ll post a group of our trip pictures. When I do get to it there are going to be a ton- I took a bunch today as well. My poor 365 project needs to be brought up-to-date too.

December 31, 2009

My new lens

by Hannah

I got a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 for Christmas from Manny’s parents, and I love it. This little baby is so nice for low light, and it is sharp and beautiful for getting nice bokeh. I wanled around my in-laws house and yard yesterday taking pictures…


I love the selective focusing.


She is such a good dog.


Sweet doggy face.


This is Sasha.


This should be the first page of a family album.



Seth’s dinner.


Jackie’s Cocoa.


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