Saturday, 11 April 2009

Camera Critters - At The River



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I recently bought myself a OM-G SLR 35mm camera and have set myself the challenge of going back to the basics and learning good, old-fashioned film photography.

Unfortunately there is not much in the way of classes for 35mm in our area, as people are turning to digital, so it's turning out to be very much trial and error !!!

But I'm having fun doing it :-)

The following photos are all unedited, except for some cropping on one. My next challenge will be figuring out how to use GIMP... :-)

The details come out better if you click on them to enlarge .... I found things I'd missed the first time..

These were all taken down at the Truckee River, in Reno.


I had the aperture set wrong on this one, which is why I think the ducks are so dark. However I love the way it's captured the choppy water and the reflection of the buildings above..




Watched these two for awhile. They were catching and eating something in the water. It was fascinating watching them ride the wind stirred water...


The Truckee River is very cold at this time of the year, as it is fed by snow melt from the mountains surrounding us.

Despite that, this young lady was having the time of her life chasing stones that her master would skim across the water for her.

I had to laugh at the look on her face though, when she realised that the stone that he had just thrown her, was indistinguishable from all the rest in the river bed. :-)


She went bounding through the water, kicking up clouds of white spray. So enthusiastic.

When I was looking at the photo after I'd clicked on it, I noticed that there is a goose standing on the other side of the river, keeping an eye on what is going on.

Now go to CAMERA CRITTERS and join in the fun.

50 comments:

Teena in Toronto said...

Great shot!

I played too :)

Tabib said...

Wow! I respect someone going for manual SLR film camera in this digital era
OM-G is probably the greatest manual SLR ever built and it shows in your photo here.
Keep shooting!

Snap said...

New cameras are fun! Keep shooting! I'm like Tabib ... respect someone going for the *old fashioned* rather than new!

Tink *~*~* said...

Not much in the way of photography classes 'round here either - film or digital. I just keep doing things by trial and error. Would really like to find a class, though.

Happy Critturday!

Tink *~*~*
Critters on the Castle: Kaa

Bruce said...

The water is so pretty! I think you took GREAT photos! Thanks for sharing with us:)

Oskar said...

That water looks cold!

Sharon said...

I've been taking photos for as long as I can remember and I still don't know how to adjust the settings properly. You're doing great!

Janie said...

Those are beautiful photos with amazing detail.
the dog sure looks like he's having fun.

Villas Girl said...

Very beautiful. Good luck with your new camera.

~~tonya~~ said...

Great shots!! Have fun with your new computer.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. The ducks and the dog are having the time of their life.

koala said...

No matter what people say digital and 35 mm photography ain't the same thing.

ViennaDaily said...

I miss my old slr! You did great with thise set! Keep it up!

CreativeVision said...

Beautiful shots with your film! The dog looks especially happy!

Midas said...

I love these series of shots. He doesn't seem to care.

Martha said...

Nice shots! Have fun with your new camera and thanks for stopping by :-)

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Looks like your dog was having a great time!

Anissa said...

Love your pictures! Thanks for coming by! TFS

Anna said...

I really enjoyed these. I love the water in all of them.

Sue said...

You really captured the choppy water. I noticed the goose(when I clicked to enlarge) after you said about it too.
The doggy looks a little over his head in the last one.

Very nice array of pics.

Bim said...

Lovely colours and the water movement is beautifully captured.
Dogs are so funny when they can't find the object one has thrown for them -

Pamela said...

Well the colors are amazing.....you did a fab job!!!

Rhea said...

fun photos! I love that you're using a 35mm. very cool.

Amy said...

I love outdoor shots. Beautiful blue water :)

Manz said...

Some of the best photographers are self-taught! I think it can allow for more of an open mind and experimentation.

Having said that, I did both B&W + colour photography at Uni and loved being able to use a darkroom... I think that is the best part of old school photography. Have you gone as far to consider setting one up?

Great shots - I actually like that the first shot has the ducks darker - not everything has to be lite the "right" way.

Kendris said...

I do miss my 35 mm at times, but I save a bundle on film & developing costs.

Great shots!

i beati said...

Looks like great fun for all Sandy

Denise said...

Wonderful photos, I enjoyed looking at them.

Carrie said...

Looks like a beautiful area, love the ducks they make me think of Spring, which I hope is coming soon here.

fishing guy said...

Karen: It looks like the dog had a ball with the ducks.

Mama Zen said...

I love the colors in the first shot!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I bet there are tons of books on SLR film cameras in used bookstores, if you like learning through reading. I'm sure it IS a challenge.

Monica said...

Looks like your dog was having a grand time!

I miss my film camera ... sometimes. :-) There are positives and negatives with digital and film.

Monica

Kelly said...

I'm impressed with your photos and to think you did it the "old fashioned" original way! Great job...enjoyed your story also!

srp said...

That water looks so clear and blue! I couldn't get my dog to put one toe in though.. she prefers a warm comfy couch. Thanks for stopping by!

ROSIDAH said...

Beautiful shots! I can imagine how joyful it was to view these for real. Congrats on the new camera, I really respect your choice, and you seem having no need for classes :). Have a great weekend.

Joy0z said...

Happy Easter! Cute critter down there. Thanks for dropping in.

June said...

Good shots all...I'm impressed with your "out of the camera" talent!

Tulip said...

i'm always fascinated with the cute ducks swimming. they are so cute and the dog. they are so lovely! thanks for visiting my blog.

magiceye said...

that sure is a lovely set of captures!

Gattina said...

Very nice pictures ! You will see digital cameras are wonderful !

Veggie Mom said...

These are all so good...it's almost as if you painted the water in around the ducks and the dog. Hope You & Yours have the Happiest of Easters!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I too respect you for going with a manual..I haven't used mine since I went digital..Have fun with it and the photos are great...

amanda said...

I love seeing dogs swim, you cannot help but smile! Great post.

lisaschaos said...

You're a woman after my heart to go against the grain. :) I don't wanna go back to film but kudos to you! Loved seeing the ducks, and dogs of course! :)

Julie said...

Love the photos of the ducks! Too cute :)

Tammy said...

Beautiful shots!

Carletta said...

My son just told me in our Easter phone call that he bought a camera and film - I can't go back but you've done and excellent job here.

Joy0z said...

Thanks for dropping by. Nice captures.

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