Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Digital SLR & The Nikon D5000

Hello my name is Pontificating Brother and I am a Techno-Junkie! ****applause**** "Hi, Pontificating Brother", they say. This is the scene I get in my mind every time I purchase a new gadget.

My wife tells me I look for opportunities to purchase "toys". Funny thing is they are "toys" until she has a use for them. Over the past several years my wife has picked up the hobby of scrap booking. Now I could spend a whole day talking about that, but this post is about my gadgets. In her quest to capture every photo worthy moment, she has me taking pictures at every turn. With growing children comes the motion filled activities that they participate in. One that is near and dear to my heart is Soccer. Both of my children play, and my son plays premier soccer for a very good club. I have lobbied for some time to purchase a DSLR Camera, but to no avail. Partly, because of the expense and also because my wife wasn't completely sold on the idea of her taking pictures during every soccer match because I am coaching on the sidelines. She knew that photographer, was going to be at the top of her list of things to do once we purchased one. She said she was getting along fine with her point and click. Well all things good happen in due time..... my daughter auditioned for a part in the musical Annie and got the part. My wife was excited and I decided that it was a good time to sell her on the idea of needing the DSLR to take pictures of our daughter on stage, in the dark theater, and for scrap booking memories. Of course, she was "all in" and we went out and purchased a Nikon D5000 DSLR.

This is far beyond gadget. The Nikon D5000 is a workhorse of a camera loaded with a plethora of features. Most will require a new user to read a publication about them or will require attendance to a class. I had never used a DSLR, so I asked a friend that has used one for a few years. He directed me to a series of books written by Scott Kelby The Digital Photography Book 1,2,& 3. These are three well written books that offer small chapters and are a quick and easy read. Kelby writes his books from the perspective that you and him are out on a shoot and you ask him, "What do I need to do to take this shot?" He then tells you what to do to get the results you are looking for. Not with a bunch of technical jargon but with regular down to earth conversation. I have read both Book 1 & 2, both have great tips and provide you with the necessary confidence you need to give it a try. Well I could continue my endorsement of Kelby and the Nikon D5000 but I'll share a few shots I took. Oh by the way, I've only had my camera going on 30 days now. Tell me what you think!

I know this is just a mop and bucket, but I was about 100ft away and I focused in on the bucket and got the reflection of the bucket on the wood floor. Notice the blurring of the reflection on the floor, I don't know about you but I am impressed.

This beautiful young lady is my daughter... I focused on her and if you notice the background is blurred. Both this effect and the previous one were easily done by adjusting the f-stop. Pretty simple stuff, oh I almost forgot. Both were taken in reduced light, similar to what you would see during a stage play practice.

This last picture was taken at our Christmas Party. It is one of our guest and I was across the room and zoomed in pretty tight. iphoto software was used to make it black and white. I'll say it again... Hello, my name is Pontificating Brother and I'm a Techno-Junkie!

Notes: Nikon D5000 SLR, Nikkor 70-200 lens, SystemPro Monopod, & The Digital Photography Book Version 1,2,&3 by Scott Kelby (www.scottkelby.com) Make sure you check Kelby out!


  1. Loving the new site. Glad you are enjoying your new, ahem, toy.

  2. Nice pics! Um you could have let a sistah know you were changing blog designs! Now I gotta go make a new button... sheesh!