As I mentioned in passing recently, I’ve sort of officially started my own photography business. I’m going to try to get some gigs shooting weddings, and portraits, and see which I like better, and which I feel I’m better at. As such, it served as a great excuse to look into getting a second camera. I’d hate to be shooting a wedding and not have a backup.
I weighed my options and decided to get a Nikon D200. This is a camera that has recently been discontinued for the slightly snazzier D300. The D300 adds a couple million megapixels which, when it comes to the effective maximum size of a print, is not a huge difference. There’s a couple features I would have liked, such as the D300’s self-cleaning sensor and its 51-area autofocus awesomeness, but beyond that, it’s much the same camera as a D200 — and since I could score a D200 (new) on eBay at half the going price of a D300, and since I’m not quite sure where this whole photography business will end up, the D200 just made a lot of sense. If the business is a booming success I can justify a D300 (or its successor) in the future, or even the D700 (the D300 with a full-frame sensor) or even a D3 (drool). But for now, this is what works.
So I got the camera last week, and while it’s not like the best thing since sliced bread compared to my D70s, it ain’t too shabby. I went outside with the kids a few days ago and took these pictures of Lane and Jake:
I wasn’t shooting with great available light, and the lens I had on the camera wasn’t very fast, but still the pictures are quite nice, with good contrast and color balance for the evening light that was available. And the kids are just cute, so that helps. Jake with his impy little smile, and Lane with those eyes, that grin, that lovely blonde hair, with highlights most women would pay good money to duplicate. But I digress.
It was handy I had the new camera around to play with and learn the ropes and settings because this morning I was cajoled to take a couple new pictures of Lane. Like these:
I used the on-camera flash, which I am normally loathe to do, but it was essential in this case to capture detail to really tell the story. Wouldn’t you agree? I was also pleased with the detail it picked up in a different sort of composition:
That’s my bathroom sink. It’s funny. When we all went to bed, there wasn’t any hair in it. Yet, the pictures above weren’t taken long after Lane joined us in our bedroom in the morning, as she always does if we don’t wake up before her. It’s a weird discrepancy we still have not quite figured out.
So we went on with our day, which included an unplanned trip to the mall where they have a kids’ haircutting place. As in, grown-ups cut kids’ hair, which in a perfect world is how it would be all the time. And we bought Lane some headbands, and then dropped her off at school.
When we got home, I decided to test out the new camera one more time, again, playing with the on-camera flash. The detail is quite illustrative.
I really look forward to using this camera for a long time. Like, perhaps, in a few months when Lane has real bangs and not just pixie fringe. And maybe a couple years from now when her hair is all caught up in length again, like it very nearly was before she took such decisive action.
Alas, the new toy does have its limits. It can’t go back in time to capture my shock, or tears, and it can’t show how heavy my heart is to see my gorgeous little girl looking so weird.