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Tunes Tuesday and Canon in the National Parks: Kodachrome

A fellow student
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I wrote a few weeks ago about the Canon in the National Parks free classes. I went to one of the classes yesterday and am still glowing from the experience. I learned enough to take my camera off the automatic mode and that is saying a lot!

I learned how to focus on an object and blur the background and how to capture things in motion or to show the motion and how to adjust the exposure of a picture.

Background not blurred
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Background blurred – you have no idea how exciting this is for a newby photographer!
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I should mention that I invested in a new camera, which I could not be more excited about. It is a new technology called mirrorless SLR and it has all the functionality of a digital SLR, but for a fraction of the weight. I got a Sony nex7, but most of the major camera manufacturers make these cameras now. I understand Canon is coming out with one in the Fall.

This new type of camera has gotten some great write-ups in photography magazines and blogs and it is really worth checking out if you are in the market for a new camera.

But back to the class. We met at the visitor’s center outside Rocky Mountain National Park so we didn’t even have to pay an entry fee to the park. People borrowed Canon equipment, although I was too excited about my new camera to use their equipment. They divided us into beginners and intermediate/advanced.

I took the beginner class, but think I will try to get back next weekend for the intermediate course.

What a wonderful opportunity for people just getting into photography or even for those who have a better grasp of the technological aspects of the art.

I really encourage anyone who can make it to one of these sessions, to do so. It is a priceless two hours and is absolutely free.

This leads me to a Tunes Tuesday pick that always has me singing along. Today’s Tunes Tuesday pick is Kodachrome by Paul Simon.

My favorite photo of the day
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What do you think? Are there any things that you would like to take a class to learn? Do you know of any affordable options for people to expand their skills in a particular area? If you are a photographer, do you have an opinion on mirrorless cameras versus DSLRs? And do you have any other ideas for affordable ways to build photography skills?

Kodachrome    

When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn’t hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

If you took all the girls I knew
When I was single
And brought them all together for one night
I know they’d never match
My sweet imagination
And everything looks worse in black and white

Kodachrome
You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome (away)
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome (away)
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome
(Leave your boy so far from home)
Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome (away)

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks so much for reading!

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Canon Photography in the Parks and You Are Invited to a Photo Blog Party!

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Yesterday, a neighbor told me about an exciting opportunity for budding photographers to take free digital photo walks in National Parks with professional photographers who will offer tips and strategies to improve photography skills. Participants can borrow Canon equipment for the walk or bring their own camera.

They will be in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in two weeks and I will not not miss it. I can’t wait to share my photos here!

Invitation to a Photo Blog Party

I was inspired last week by Truth and Cake’s post Freshly Press Yourself, where Rian offered readers the opportunity to highlight their blogs and introduce there blog to new readers. You should check out the comments on her post when you have moment. I found a few wonderful new blogs to follow in the process.

While I do not have anywhere near the number of readers that Truth and Cake has, I loved the idea and would like to do something similar here.

What do you think? If you have a photo blog, I invite you to tell readers a bit about yourself, your style, and perhaps share your best photography tip in the comments. Then, I hope you will share your favorite post so that readers can go visit your blog to check out your work.

The only rule is that anyone who posts their blog for folks to see must go visit and comment on at least three others that posted here.

Rocky Mountain National Park – Before the class, just wait until after!
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I am excited to find a few new photographers to follow and hope we will have lots of fun with this. If readers have other things they would like to know from the photographers, feel free to include that in your comments as well.

I hope readers will consider forwarding this opportunity to your favorite photo blogs, so we can get a robust list going.

I will follow Truth and Cake’s template and pick three photo blogs that rose to the top to be highlighted in a future post.

I am excited to see what we come up with! Thank you for reading.

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Weekly Travel Theme: Parks

Where’s My Backpack has offered another irresistible photo challenge. This week’s theme is Parks. As an outdoorsy type who lives in Colorado, I have a soft spot in the center of my heart reserved for parks, most specifically for national parks.

Nature’s

Amazing

Triumph

Inspiring

Observant

Notions

About

Life

 

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Peaceful

Awakening

Rejuvenated

Kingly

Spaces

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