My name is Carol Smith. I started this blog as a way to improve my photography skills. I take at least one photo every day and post it here. Of course, with today’s digital cameras, it’s pretty hard to take just one photo. And when that camera is set on burst mode, watch out!
I have always loved taking photos. When I was a kid, I used the family’s Brownie to take a zillion black and white photos of the cat and dog playing in the backyard from a distance of 20 feet. My mom gave me my own camera the first summer I worked in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming when I was in college, a Kodak 126. My husband introduced me to SLRs in 1979 but I couldn’t understand the exposure triangle and there was no “auto” setting on that camera. I got an Olympus XA range finder 35mm camera in the early 1980’s, an early 35mm point and shoot although it had aperture and shutter speed options like other 35mm cameras. I used that camera for 20 years until I got a Casio digital camera with a resolution of 72 DPI. I got away from photography for a few years until I got my Canon point and shoot about 5 years ago. That’s when I really got the bug. The Canon took great photos but I had little control over the photos and I couldn’t crop the shots and still have a decent resolution. That’s when I started researching DSLRs. When I reconnected with my college roommate, Melinda, after a 30 year separation, I discovered she had recently rediscovered photography herself. She encouraged me to get my Nikon D90 in 2010. She also encouraged me to get my Nikon D800 in 2012. We both have photography blogs and support each other’s efforts, take photography classes together, and share our photographic failures and triumphs. You can check out her blog at Melinda Three Six Five.
I’m retired so I have lots of time to devote to my newfound passion. I love to photograph birds (especially raptors), flowers, and anything else that strikes my fancy. Studying photography, both on-line and in classrooms, has been an ongoing pastime since I got my first DSLR. I belong to the Placer Camera Club. As you can tell by what’s in my camera bag, I’m almost as passionate about buying camera equipment as I am about using it. My favorite local camera store is Action Camera in Roseville, CA.
And photo credit goes to Melinda Anderson Photography who graciously photographed me holding my brand new Nikon D800 using my brand new Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens and her Nikon D7000.
What’s in My Camera Bag:
Nikon D800 and Nikon D90
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G (my new favorite lens)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8 (DX)
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 (DX)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm,3.5-5.6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm, 4.5-5.6
Nikon Speedlight SB-910
Crumpler Industry Disgrace Camera straps
Cullmann Magnesit 525 tripod/monopod
What Is My Camera Bag?
Lowepro Passport Sling for everyday use
Jill e Medium Black Leather Camera Bag
ThinkTank Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag