I want to give an enormous thank you to my family for pitching in to help me purchase a fancy camera and lens set. I'm beyond lucky to have family who appreciates that this blog, my art and my shop, and my ability to pay the bills as the future rolls onward are all reliant on good quality tools of the trade. I am thoroughly in love with the fact that I can now capture the depth of field that my human eye sees in a lovely moment, but so rarely was able to replicate with my old camera. (I'm also happy with the lack of dust inside the lens...)
I'll probably keep using old faithful for certain things. After all, it has served me very well, and will continue to have benefits that this new camera does not (small, lightweight, safer for woodland treks and garden escapades to name a few), but now I can take pictures of human subjects! Just look at those portraits of the animals I shot today, and imagine that they're squishy little newborn babies and curly haired toddlers! I have plans for an on-the-side family photography business, but first I need to teach myself the basics of this incredibly detailed camera. In high school I never took photography because the prerequisite was art 101 and drawing a still-life of apples on a stool seemed (and still seems) yawn-inducing.
Wish me patience!
And my friends, have a beautiful, beautiful weekend. Stay warm (...or cool if you're on the opposite side of the planet.) It's 14 F here, the snow is falling, the pond is blanketed in ice and snow, the chickens are nestled together under a heat lamp, and our wooly creatures are bedded down in the hay. The bees are doing a perpetual jig to stay warm in the hive, the garlic has its feet firmly planted in frozen soil, and I imagine even Mr. Fox will stay in his den tonight.