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Ya know... I'm not your typical "Manly-man"... lol... I LOVE art. I dunno why, and I am not educated in Art at all:

"A Hun gaping at the Gates of Rome"

Some images calm me...

Imagery is of vital importance to me. When words fail me I resort to images in the hope that the same cerebral-sensation that I have will be shared with the person that I am attempting to commune with.

So.. "SLR"...

What would you guys recommend to a noob like me?
Ars gratia artis - I love art as well. I have a degree in Art History, but that doesn't make me any more of an art lover than anyone else! Real men love art! Besides, we were in Marines, you and I, so no one can question our uber pwnage head shot manliness!

But for an entry DSLR, there are lot of good choices these days. A Canon Rebel XT, XTi or XSi is a good choice, or Nikon D40, D40x or D80 are also good choices.

I am familiar with Nikon and Canon SLRs and lenses, so I only recommend those, but Olympus, Pentax and Sony also have competent DSLRs. But since you already have a Canon point and shoot, you may be partial to Canon already. The XSi just debuted and it's a great camera.
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Hi, all! I found this thread in GoneTomorrow's signature. I am totally a beginner in DSLR, although I had a 35mm Rebel back in the day, when took pictures of airplanes landing at VHHH (I know, it sounds kind of lame, but it was FUN!).

I have a D40X, but I hated the kit lenses, and I bought a Nikkor 18-70mm, which I absolutely LOVE and also a Nikkor 70-300mm VR, which I absolutely HATE (anything over 200mm develops chromatic abberation).

Here are some shots:

Seagull in the SFO Bay (18-70mm and an 81A filter; the rest of the shots from this day were tragically overexposed; I'm such a n00b)


Thunderstorm in TPA (70-300, all the way in with a polarizer; I used a custom white balance by shooting a blue part of sky, which gave the clouds a very orangy tinge. Although this was taken in the evening, the clouds were not nearly this well-defined or colourful)


RAF Spitfire (18-70, with an 81A filter; it took me at least fifty shots to get this just right where the paint looks metallic; in the end, it was flash on the lowest level (rear flash) with a long exposure that turned out best)


Oh, and Kiki in front of my true money pit: the sigged rig! (18-70 with patience and sleeping dog)


More photos of my system are sigged! Sorry the photos are crap; I'm still learning; any comments or critiques would REALLY be appreciated. You guys rock!
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Hi, all! I found this thread in GoneTomorrow's signature. I am totally a beginner in DSLR, although I had a 35mm Rebel back in the day, when took pictures of airplanes landing at VHHH (I know, it sounds kind of lame, but it was FUN!).

I have a D40X, but I hated the kit lenses, and I bought a Nikkor 18-70mm, which I absolutely LOVE and also a Nikkor 70-300mm VR, which I absolutely HATE (anything over 200mm develops chromatic abberation).

Here are some shots:



More photos of my system are sigged! Sorry the photos are crap; I'm still learning! You guys rock!
Dostoyevsky, from the P5N32-E SLI thread! Good to have you here. I wish I could see your shots, but at work our server filters out almost every non-work site (i.e Photobucket) so I'll look forward to seeing them later.

And yes chromatic aberration is a pita, but if you shoot in RAW format it shouldn't be a problem to take care of later.
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Hi, all! I found this thread in GoneTomorrow's signature. I am totally a beginner in DSLR, although I had a 35mm Rebel back in the day, when took pictures of airplanes landing at VHHH (I know, it sounds kind of lame, but it was FUN!).

I have a D40X, but I hated the kit lenses, and I bought a Nikkor 18-70mm, which I absolutely LOVE and also a Nikkor 70-300mm VR, which I absolutely HATE (anything over 200mm develops chromatic abberation).

Here are some shots:

Seagull in the SFO Bay (18-70mm and an 81A filter; the rest of the shots from this day were tragically overexposed; I'm such a n00b)


Thunderstorm in TPA (70-300, all the way in with a polarizer; I used a custom white balance by shooting a blue part of sky, which gave the clouds a very orangy tinge. Although this was taken in the evening, the clouds were not nearly this well-defined or colourful)


RAF Spitfire (18-70, with an 81A filter; it took me at least fifty shots to get this just right where the paint looks metallic; in the end, it was flash on the lowest level (rear flash) with a long exposure that turned out best)


Oh, and Kiki in front of my true money pit: the sigged rig! (18-70 with patience and sleeping dog)


More photos of my system are sigged! Sorry the photos are crap; I'm still learning; any comments or critiques would REALLY be appreciated. You guys rock!
nice shot, and welcome
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OK, last pic for the day.

This is one of the least bad pictures I shot earlier on this morning. It was a bit overcast and very misty, so sadly this is the best of a bad bunch, the vast majority of which I deleted after viewing the JPEGs that accompany the RAWs.



As you can see, a great deal of detail is lost to the mist. Hopefully I'll be able to get back up on the downs again soon on a clear day with good light .

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Thanks for the tips on possible future camera upgrades, GoneTomorrow.

This is quite the pleasant surprise for me: a notable number of Members that have quite the eye for still-life.

Highly-Annoyed: I like the soothing nature of that pic of the Downs. It is somewhat "myopic" (like Van Gogh's Starry Night). The blurred contours of the objects in the picture make me feel as though I am in that serene state between sleep and waking: Lucid Dreaming.
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@ Highly-Annoyed - Where abouts in the UK was that pic taken?
    
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Edited by ecoyd1 - 3/24/14 at 10:12am
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The Tiger pic is awesome!

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Highly-Annoyed: I like the soothing nature of that pic of the Downs. It is somewhat "myopic" (like Van Gogh's Starry Night). The blurred contours of the objects in the picture make me feel as though I am in that serene state between sleep and waking: Lucid Dreaming.
Wow, detailed and eloquent response! I wasn't all that happy with the image, but it's nice to know you liked it . Thanks!

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@ Highly-Annoyed - Where abouts in the UK was that pic taken?
It was taken on Culver down near where I live. Here, see the location on Google maps. That's pretty much where I was standing, shooting with my back to the road.

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