As I promised earlier, I am going to try to tell you about the "camera" and how we use it. You may be surprised to learn that the camera does most of it. Here goes. . . . .
The camera is a Nikon D60. We purchased it from Costco.com in April 2009. It was a packaged deal with the camera body and two lenses. The lens we use most of the time is an 18-55mm. The other lens is larger, 55-200mm. The large lens is actually our favorite because it is the fastest for action pictures.
When the Duchess purchased this camera she had no idea what a DSLR camera was, she just knew it took good pictures. She thought she would study the manual and even take a class on how to get the best out of her new camera. Problem is, she never did it. The more she read, the more confused she got and the more hopeless it seemed. The solution she found works best for all of us because there are no "brains" involved :)
It is called "point and shoot". Seriously.
There are some basic changes she makes on a little dial. One is for macro, one for action, one for night time, etc... Mostly she has it on "auto" or "action". Then she points and shoots - many, many times. Since there is no film involved she can take a thousand photos if wanted. Then, after transferring them all to the computer we keep the good ones and delete the bad ones.
Do we photoshop? Nope. What you see is straight out of the camera. The only thing we do is cropping. Sometimes cropping is needed to get rid of some background and bring the main subject up closer.
So, now you know. If we can do it, so can you! But I must warn you, it becomes an addiction for some people. Especially if you've never taken good pictures before and suddenly you can. My Duchess loves the Nikon so much that she dreams up places to go and things to do just so she can take pictures!
We wanted to make friends with this big guy, but he wanted to chomp us so we just took a quick picture and fled the scene. I think he has some issues with my status as Queen. I must say though, he was one powerfully handsome male. Oh well, you can't win 'em all, right?
The Duke and his Best Friend went fishing on the lake.
There was fresh Trout for dinner. I didn't get any :(
We got to go for walks on all the trails.
We shared some of the trails with horses.
This lady was kind enough to stop for a picture!
Then on Sunday we went for a walk down the road. I couldn't figure out why the Duke kept stopping. What was he doing???
He and his Best Friend were looking at the bushes.
Blackberries! Oh my!
They were picking berries to make a special dessert for the ladies.
Let me tell you - that was quite a surprise!
Two big tubs were filled up and the men proceeded to take over the kitchen.
I wanted to show you the dessert but it was dark outside by the time it was ready so we didn't get a picture of it. However, I understand it was scrumpdillyishous!
I thought I could take a picture of it the next morning but I never laid eyes on it again. It vanished!
Dessert? What dessert? I didn't get any :(
It was a wonderful camping trip, but I am quite exhausted now.