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Boy’s Toy

I bought myself a new gadget: I was starting to feel the limitations of my point-and-shoot (only a 3X zoom, for instance), so I upgraded to a Digital SLR. Now I just have to learn how to use it. It’s been raining almost nonstop since I bought it last week, but we finally caught a break in the weather today, so I took it out for a spin:


It does fine as a point-and-shoot with everything set on “auto,” but I assume I’ll get better results if I start paying attention to ISO, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, and so on. All that is new to me.

I’ll have to learn how to hold the camera flat also, so that the Transamerica Pyramid doesn’t always look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa (the problem is more evident on larger versions of the photo):


I think I found the bluest cargo bay in the world today, on a Warehouse near the Oakland waterfront:

Blue Door

Most of the shots didn’t turn out especially well, and the overcast skies didn’t help, but I did post a couple of others to my Flickr page.