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Today’s Photo:  Teal

I have now had the AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D for a week.  Frustratingly, I have only had the opportunity to test it out one day.  What a fabulous portrait lens.  I took photos of several people and was pleased to find this to be a very …Continue Reading Here…

G+ iPhone App:  24 hours later

Okay, whomever the user interface programmer was for Google needs to be given a raise.  The simplicity and ease of use for this app is wonderful.  Each of the screens gives what you need, but not to the point you are overwhelmed.  So far, the only problems I have found have been posting links through the App and limiting your stream to individual circles.

Today’s Photo:  Abandoned House

My wife thinks I have a problem with stopping the car.  I told here it is not a problem with stopping the car, it was a problem not getting in position for the shot fast enough.  Am I the only one with this problem?  Surely there are more out there that drive twice the number of miles to get some place just because they are constantly turning around to go back and get the shot they just saw.  This was from one of those days.  The bad thing was, when I turned around for this shot, I saw another.  She was rather perturbed by the time we made it to town.

Abandoned House

Google+ iPhone App: First impressions

The iPhone Google+ app was released today.  This is a great improvement over the web app with which Google started.  So far, I have found that all the functionality which was not working in the web app appears to be fixed.  I am able to view my circles, add contacts to the circle I want, but the posting is still lacking.  I like to post links to photos instead of posting photos through Google+.  This is not available through the iPhone app.  I envision something like the facebook share button on a web page where it adds a link and you can type something short to go with it.

Overall, I really like the layout of the home screen for the app.  Google has manage to keep it simple and not add so many features that you can not use the app.

Today’s Photo:  The Lake

I could not help but post another photo of this lake.  I am fortunate enough to see it very often.  Okay, nearly everyday.  On nice puffy “Simpson” cloudy days, I love to sit and watch the reflections.  I just happened to stop being in awe long enough to get the camera for this and a few more shots.

The Lake ©2011 Just Shooting Memories (all rights reserved)

Nikon D90 Mini Review:

I have been fortunate enough to shoot both Canon and Nikon over the past several years.  I must say that I am impressed with both lines of cameras.  Most recently, I have settled on the Nikon D90 and have been shooting with it for over six months.  I must say, it is a very nice camera.  It has good functionality and decent speed with the “kit” lens (18 – 105).

Now, the bad.  To operate a camera effectively, the ability to change settings with out removing your eye from the view finder is a must for me.  Several of the button combinations to achieve some of my most used functions are awkward when trying to shoot.  For example: I routinely use exposure compensation.  To adjust the exposure compensation during shooting, you remove your finger from the shutter release and press the exposure compensation button just behind.  Then rotate the rear dial with the right thumb.  So, it takes two fingers from the same hand.  A better placement for the exposure compensation button would have been where it could have been operated with the right hand and then the left thumb could rotate the dial.

I have noticed a small amount of vignetting using the kit lens.  Maybe this is just a DX format thing.  However, it is easily fixed in Adobe Lightroom.

Now, for the Good…  This camera has been very rugged for me.  Traveling with two children and moving it between vehicles, it has shown that it can with stand a lot.  I have thrown this camera around, shot in the rain and generally put it through it’s paces and it is still working like the day I got it.

Overall, I would like to say that the D90 is a wonderful camera at a great price.  I keeps up easily with the other camera’s I have used.  I was sad to hear that Nikon has stopped production of this camera.

Today’s Photo: The Barn (again)

I think I may have used this name already for a photo.  Oh, well.  Maybe I should just call it “The Barn 2”?  What do you think? Any suggestions?  As I am writing this, my wife was suggesting something like “barny”, “barn number 2”, “barn fever” or “another barn”.  This is a sight I see every morning while driving to work.  I finally stopped and took a photo.  It turned out like I wanted and now I am going to begin a “Barn” series.  So, should I call it “The Barn” also?

The Barn ©2011 Just Shooting Memories (all rights reserved)


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