I’m just wondering if anyone can tell the difference between these two photos.
The are the same photo, but I processed them differently to get them down to an appropriate size for posting to the web. The top photo, I compressed and the bottom I resized. I think the bottom one looks better, but I just can’t tell anymore…
Thanks so much! The next post will have the details on these babies…
I am looking for a new camera. My current camera (PowerShot SD800 IS) is just fine, but I find myself looking for “that better shot” and I’m ready to learn something new. Dave (IHA) and I have been researching now for about a week (after saving money for a couple of months), and yesterday we went out to see cameras live. I have whittled down my choices to 2 models; one being a Canon (Rebel XSi) and one being a Nikon (D90). Overall, I think I find that the Canon has more of the features that I want and it is smaller and lighter which is good for me. The Nikon is heavier but it feels sturdier — perhaps constructed with higher quality material or at least it gives off the essence of higher quality.
Apparently, to know which one I should get, I have to figure out what kind of person I am. Here is a quote from the Yarnographer’s Ravelry forum: “It is my experience that there are generally two types of people: Canon people and Nikon people. I have a number of professional photographers as friends, and all of us shoot with one or the other. Some started out on one and switched to the other because one was simply more intuitive to use, or produced better results according to the style of that photographer. I’ve seen switches going both ways, with the end results from both brands being equal in quality.” (by ShoelessWonder – that is her flickr link since those photos are gorgeous!)
I don’t know which one I am. I know that I’m a PC person and not a Mac person. I know that I’m an NCIS person and not a American Idol person. I know that I’m an Elizabeth Berg person and not a Janet Evanovich person. I know that I’m a Malibrigo person and not a Noro person. But I don’t know if I’m a Canon person or a Nikon person. I wonder if there is a blood test — perhaps there is a camera blood group system and I can find out if I’m Canon positive or Nikon positive. With my luck I would probably be CanonNikon and have one allele of both.
I do have Canon cameras, but they were both gifts so I don’t know if I would have chosen them on my own or not. I do know that I like the Canon software and I’m familiar with their menus (which would decrease the learning curve time), but what if my true calling is Nikon and I would never know it.
I keep asking for advice from everyone I know and I’ve received quite a bit of good info. Dave’s assistant’s (who is an avid photographer and Canon person) advice for the day was to not worry so much about the body, but to put the $$$ into the glass. Ahhh… more research!
ShoelessWonder (also a Canon person) ended that same Ravelry forum post with this quote: “The point is that with all of the different models offered by the two companies, there really isn’t a professional who can’t find a Canon or a Nikon to be perfectly at home with. The question of brand ends up being determined by how you think and move and shoot, and not so much by quality or skill level.”
Apendix (because blogs can have these too)
Table 1.) Research sources I’ve viewed so far: Amazon XSi, D90
The reviews here are extensive – each review has its own discussion even. Flickr XSi, D90
You can see that they are both cameras with increasing popularity. Etsy Forums Ravelry Forums Camera Labs XSi, D90, and direct comparison (partway down the page)
This site is great. Not only do they have in depth product reviews but they have photo comparisons for each model and video tours (I would recommend that anyone goes there just to watch the video tour for their current camera.) B&H XSi, D90 Consumer Reports Magazine
In the Basic dSLR camera rating comparison, the Canon EOS Rebel XSi is a Recommended model, number 2 to the Pentax K200D. The Nikon D80 is number 3 and the D90 is not rated. Numerous other books and Magazines
Table 2.) What I’m looking for in a new camera:
1.) Better photos for my Etsy shop. I want to be able to take good photos of all colors including purples, blues, and greens.
2.) Better photos of my children. My current camera takes so long to shoot that I always miss the photo that was meant to be. Remember, I have 3 girls who will all be teens before we know it and the smiles can be fleeting.
3.) Better sports photos. Not possible with my current camera. This job will probably mostly fall to Dave so he has to like the camera too.
4.) Better indoor photos. I don’t even bother bringing my camera to band concerts or graduations anymore.
5.) Better macro photos. I love taking close up nature photos shots.
6.) I do not want to get frustrated. I realize that I am going to have to do a lot of reading and practicing with my new camera and I may even want to take a class, but I don’t want to end up giving up and never taking the camera out of the bag.
My days are getting shorter. I don’t know why. I don’t think the days are actually getting shorter, because as far as I know, they are still 24 hours. Why then, do they seem so short? Is it because I’m getting older? Will the years between 40 and 60 fly by in a way that they didn’t from 0 to 20 or even from 20 to 40? I remember the days of my childhood seeming endless and now I can’t seem to get a grasp on my days.
I just had a brief phone conversation with my husband about this. He doesn’t remember the days seeming so long when he was young. I wonder if it has to do with my particular childhood. I remember endless hours spent picking strawberries* or even more endless, picking rocks on the fields of my uncles farm. My sister and I used to sit in the strawberry stand selling either strawberries or raspberries after hours and we would entertain ourselves by counting cars. We would each choose our colors and whoever had the most cars drive by in our colors would win. I also had very long bus rides from kindergarten through high school with first grade being the most memorable as a very mean 6th grader had choosen me as her prey for the year. My mother and aunt loved to have tag sales and we would have to sit and watch those for hours and hours and hours on end. I could go on with all the things I remember as being endless and my husband? Well, he doesn’t remember things being endless. So maybe it is not that my time is getting shorter now, but I just had a very long childhood…
*Just to be clear, I loved picking strawberries. I loved being out in the fields with the other kids or even some days alone with my walkman, but they really were long days. I remember the first day I picked as a real worker and not just a tag-along little girl with my daddy. I think I was 10 and I was going to keep up with all the high school kids. It was so hard and I think I only picked 81 quarts that day, and I was so proud but I remember it as being the world’s longest day – that every time I thought it was over and we were done, we were just moving to another field.
So, it seems that Nicole wants to know more about me. Which helps in my goal of writing just a little post each day this week.
The rules: Posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. Play nice, children.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago? I was beginning my life as a Stay-at-Home-Mom. I had a 19 month old, an almost 4 year old, and I was expecting a new baby. I have to say that was probably one of the most difficult times in my life.
2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today – in no particular order? Work, drive track carpool, vacuum, gather and start laundry, water outdoor plants.
3. Snacks I enjoy - Fresh yogurt with granola, chips and cheese, frozen grapes (though my teeth don’t like them so much).
4. Places I’ve lived, in no particular order - Sandy Hook, Plainville, West Hartford, Stratford, Millbrook, NY.
5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire - Oh my! That is just too much to even imagine! There would probably be a little (or rather a lot) of everything. First off would be sending the girls to whatever high school or college they could to go to then helping my family and town and the charities we choose to support and finally lots of home improvement for sure!
6. Peeps I want to know more about - Umm… who hasn’t been tagged for this yet? Let’s see… Sarah, Knitcole, Jenny, and Ragan if you haven’t already done this one and only if you want to and you have time:)
I just read in the newspaper that March 20 is “Sweater Day” in honor of the late Fred Roger’s birthday. I found this video on You Tube:
I think if we start knitting now, we can make sweaters for everyone right???
Anyway, I have never been able to embed a You Tube video before. I hope this works as I watched a You Tube video to learn how to embed You Tube videos in Wordpress. Apparently all you have to do is take it out of WYSIWYG editing for any post you wish to embed a video. The catch is that you can not ever go back into that particular post in WYSIWYG or you are doomed.
Today, I cleaned like a maniac!!!! I am so glad that I’m almost done. I am so tired of cleaning, and I’m so ready to get back to dyeing next week. I’ve also been shopping for yarns and fibers on Etsy and other places with an fervor atypical to my normal shopping habits. I think that is due to my own lack of dyeing – I have to fill that void! Plus, how can you resist buying a yarn called Numma Numma Toastyboo? So next week, I shall have lots of goodies to post.
Have a great evening and remember to start knitting your sweaters!!!
Do you remember when there really weren’t so many queues and really the only queue around was the print queue and the only time you ever thought about the print queue was when there was a problem with the print queue? Everyone at work would get upset because their stuff wasn’t printing and they didn’t know why and you would say “Well, did you check the print queue?” (because for some reason the print queue had a mind of its own and would just randomly decide to not preform the printing task you had requested?) and then they would look at you like you had 2 heads because they didn’t know what the heck the freaking print queue was? (OK, and well, there was also Q from Star Trek, but he is just Q and that is all.)
Now there are so many queues. My favorites are my movie queue at Netflix and my project queue at Ravelry. Ok, really I like my Rav Queue way more lately as my Netflix queue of which I have been quite neglectful lately. And I really don’t just like my Rav Queue, I LOVE my Rav Queue! It is the best thing since personal photo printers!
I spend quite a bit of time rearranging my queue. Today, I think I have it perfect (though who knows what pattern Cherylz a Knitting Enabler will e-mail the link for next and I will have to throughly reorganize again). I wonder if I can link to my queue. If you’d like to see it, you can try clicking here. I think you probably need a Ravelry account to see it, but if you don’t have one, I highly recommend signing up to wait in their queue so you can get your own project queue!
The first 4 patterns on my project queue arrived there due to my enabling knitting friends. I am going to make socks out of my Fiesta Boomerang because Sarah is a Boomerang pusher. I know she looks like a quiet and friendly librarian, but don’t let her fool you. Two words: YARN. PUSHER. Because, also, number 2 on my queue is due to her. I just clicked the Etsy Purchase button this morning to get some Rainbow Black Merino Sock Yarn from Perchance to Knit. And why? Because she carries these skeins of yarn around with her like they are candy and makes us touch them and squeeze them and covet them so much that we spend hours waiting for them to show up with a “purchase now” button on the internet! Number 3 on my queue is a hat that Cherylz a Knitting Enabler e-mailed about this morning. She linked to this blog post at Brooklyn Tweed. Gorgeous. I. Must. Make. This. Hat. And. Now. I have singles. I must ply! Oh wait, I just saw Koolhaas. Back to the Queue! OK, Koolhass is now number 4, which means that Tangled Yoke is pushed to number 5… and why is Tangled Yoke in my queue? You guessed it! Sarah and Cheryl are making it too!
So, I bet you can tell since I’m sitting here blogging that I made it through the first 4 days of summer vacation alive! Tired and completely worn-out, but alive! And all my children are alive! Also a good sign. Next week should be a little easier — not as many big events, but we do have to pack 3 trunks for camp.
I just went out and took some photos so you can see what is going on in my yard today. (I saw the coolest moth (I think), but I could not get a photo. It was black and white spotted with some yellow. I hope I can see it again so I can ID it. )
Starting from the top right photo we have: a.) deer munched tomato plants, b.) Catmint and Johnny Jump-ups, c.) lettuce (the best I have ever grown!), and d.) front yard flowers (the most colorful I have ever planted!). The weather here has been very odd. It is cool and windy in the days and in the evening and nights it is showery. It is hard to know how to dress although I found that today is a great day for Cece!
In fiber news this week, I made 2 baby hats out of Blue Sky Alpaca cotton:
I’m getting ready to ply Dara’s silk yarn. I’ve prepared by reading Spinning Spider’s newest blog entry on plying plain vanilla yarn. I did the part where she says to place your *flaccid* knotted-together-singles in a cup of hot water and watch them come back to life and it really was entertaining (so much so, that I did it twice!). Now I have a sample of what my plied yarn should look like and I just have to sit down to ply. Jenny recommends using a tensioned lazy kate which purchase I have yet to make. I guess I will have to start the research to see which one I want.
I also tried out the Ashford Knitters’ Loom today. It is pretty cool. I can see it being a fine way to use up all the random balls from my stash. It isn’t inexpensive though, so I will have to go on my wishlist.
Yesterday, I spent much of the day working on a slide show for Crops-a-lot Jenny. She left last night for Michigan and not just for a vacation but for a permanent move. No longer will she be a mere 5 minutes away, but 16 hours! That is going to make it really hard to have playdates or just bump into each other when we are out running errands. The most difficult part of the slideshow was not finding photos because those I have galore, but choosing the music. Agent K and I were sitting here rejecting song after song for just being too freaking sad!
One of the most difficult things about being a SAHM is that you don’t always get out to see people and then I think sometimes when I am unleashed in public, I should really just be locked up. Really. Lately I feel like I am having to continuously apologize to everyone for the odd things that I say! So, if you have seen me lately and you have heard me speak, I am truly sorry! Really! Maybe a vow of silence would be in order!
On that note, I am off to my spinning wheel. Hope you all have a great weekend!
Good morning! I made a little mosaic at Flickr Toys this morning comprised of photos of some of my current projects. When you use Flickr Toys sometimes you get words of encouragement or praise, or quotes with your creations. This mosaic apparently was not good enough for praise because this was my quote: “Live life like you are gonna die. Because you’re gonna.” – William Shatner. Hummmm…
So, back to the mosaic: starting at 1:00, I have my Montego Bay Scarf. It seems with this scarf for every 3 inches I knit, I have to rip back 1 inch so progress is very very slow! Next is Queen Anne’s Lace brewing in the solar dyeing jar. Then I have a photo of the silk that I am spinning for Dara. This one I hope to finish up soon! Back at the top is the finished neckband of Cece. Oh, I know it is not perfect, but it is better than my previous 5 attempts at closing that thing up! I’m not a fan of this neckband design! I have to eventually post all the project specs for Cece. I have so many photos and so much to say that it is a bit daunting at the moment.
Also in knitting news, there is soon to be a new KAL at the Sexy Knitters Club. The nominations look great and I may join in this round. I also received my invite to Ravelry, but I haven’t had much time to look around there yet.
In home life news, there are only 5 (yes, that is five as in F-I-V-E) days of school left! Yikes! Calgon take me away!!!!
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