I’m in love….

with my husband, my kids, my friends, the whole wide beautiful Christmasy world and my new camera.

“Finally, ” Ben said, “finally.”

“Yep. I’ve been dreaming of this little beauty since April.” I replied.

“That’s all? It seems MUUUUUUUUUUCH longer than that.”

Hmm, maybe I have talked about it a bit too much (incessantly). But it’s here. And it’s loverly. So much easier to get perfect exposure and focus. I’m still figuring out all the little intricacies but I can tell we are going to get along just fine.

The first shots out of the box:

Boring facts for my photog friends:

it’s the Canon 5D Mark II

I bought the kit but sold the 24-105 lens on craigslist w/in a few hours(needed the $$ more than the lens).

Um, you can’t open RAW files w/o upgrading to Photoshop CS4– 2 hours and $200 that didn’t make my hubby very happy this close to Christmas. So I’m absorbing a new camera and a new version of PS at the same time– it’s a steep learning curve.

And CS4 needs a new RAW 5.2 plug in– another download but at least it’s free.

The camera is dreamy but the custom white balance is weird. Working on that…

The snow shots are SOOC crops– I didn’t use a vignette– the edges are just dark because of the full frame.

Here’s where this little beauty shines: 800 ISO and gorgeous.

Gabriel wanted to share his beloved LEGO catalog with Santa.

Mary brought a lolly for the man in red. She asked for “a soft teddy and a few things in my stocking.”

And of course we had to test the new camera on the tractor:

if you have to wait a long time for a baby she should just as happy and beautiful as sweet Sofia.

And now I’m going to be a good girl and get ready for that little holiday coming up in 3 days.

December 19, 2008



  1. Kelly

    December 22, 2008

    I can’t believe I’m the first to comment!! A well deserved treat for my friend who is taking the plunge into pro photography! I recently got the Nikon 700 and I’m eating up the high ISO/low grain abilities…shooting inside w/out flash has always been a dream of mine! So happy for you! I have to use a grey card (actually, I use a target w/black, grey, white for CWB) because mine is funky too! I’m contemplating the purchase of Lightroom for editing as I hear its a dream!

    Congratulations my friend! Shoot, shoot, shoot away!!

    Oh, and have a blessed holiday!!!

  2. Annie

    December 22, 2008

    congrats! the photos are gorgeous, gorgeous. enjoy!

  3. duchess

    December 22, 2008

    Congratulations on your new toy.
    We love watching you play with it.
    Have a wonderful Christmas week.

  4. Jessica

    December 22, 2008

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of these pictures, but I think you can guess my two favorite!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

  5. Jodie

    December 22, 2008

    Drooling over your new camera! I just got the 50D last fall and I love it. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Merry Christmas!

  6. Bonnie

    December 22, 2008

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Glad you love your new camera…I honestly can’t tell the difference in the photos, but then again I haven’t had ANY experience. Again, your pictures are absolutely AMAZING!!!

  7. Danielle

    December 22, 2008

    Gorgeous shots! I am insanely jealous of that camera!!! Congrats!

  8. e miller photography-Salem Oregon Photography

    December 22, 2008

    awe now I am jealous! Great pictures! Enjoy the new camera!

  9. Linn

    December 22, 2008

    Happy day! If there is anyone that deserves a new, incredible camera, it is you. I’m so happy for you! Keep the pictures coming!

  10. Tracy

    December 22, 2008

    Oh my – I am green with envy and SOOOO happy for you. YOU deserve it! Your pictures are fantastic – with or w/o the new toys. 😉

  11. martha corinna

    December 23, 2008

    The reds are so vivid. I am jealous!

  12. Brooke

    December 23, 2008

    oooh, i can tell a difference.

    i want a new camera! and photoshop! and all of mary’s hand-me-downs.


  13. twoelves

    December 23, 2008

    Gorgeous! I love how you can even see the tiny snowflakes in that one picture with Mary. The colors are beautiful. Merry Christmas 🙂

  14. www.lifetrekkingcoach.com

    December 23, 2008

    YAY!! Looking forward to more of your fabulous pics!

  15. Alyson (New England Living)

    December 24, 2008

    I love it! I’m so jealous! I got my first digital slr in July. It’s just a rebel, but will upgrade next year after I become more expert at this stuff. I’ll stick with canon and I’m loving what you’re able to do! I may have to get that one.

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