Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Views Through a New Lens

My husband, kids, and new daughter-in-law were here for an early Mother's Day last Sunday. I thought we were just going to spend time together after church and cook on my husband's new smoker / grill, but they surprised me with a new lens for my camera!

I bought an excellent used Nikon D70 camera last year from Donna. It came with a great, all-purpose 18-70mm zoom lens, but I had been wanting another lens for it for quite a while. My oldest son has a Nikon D90 and several lenses and I love the photos he takes with the 50mm lens in particular.

So recently they secretly ordered a 50mm f/1.8D lens and gave it to me Sunday afternoon. I love it!!! And I love all of my family for being so thoughtful, of course!!! :)

Hmmm, do you see a color pattern here? It's not intentional... I just took photos of things around the house, but I guess I do have a lot of blues scattered here and there.

Ok, back to the lens --- it's going to take some getting used to, as it has a shallow depth of field (which is the reason I like it so well), and I suppose if I take the time to finally read my camera manual and find some sites about using the lenses, I'll learn a little faster.

If any of you know of some good photography blogs or have tips of your own, feel free to share the links in the comments ~ thanks!

Take care and God bless,


  1. Your photos are always incredible but that lens really takes great close ups. I was going to buy a 50 mm a couple of months ago but then read that it wasn't compatible with my Nikon D60. i got busy and put it off. Maybe after this summer I'll figure out the one to get.
    Have fun! and Happy Mothers Day

  2. Lana your photos are so lovely! That's what I call a perfect gift. Your family are so sweet to surprise you.

  3. How wonderful! Those photos are beautiful! It's the lower f-stops that give you the shallow depth of field. The 50mm is a great portrait lens, as you have quickly found out!

    I plan to do a blog post soon about a training web site that Jim and I have used in the past. We're getting ready to sign up again as soon as we get the DS6 upgrade loaded on our computers. So you can look for my post later for information. If you want to explore the site in the meantime, it's www.lynda.com. They have a course specifically on lenses, for example. Here's the link to that course outline. http://www.lynda.com/Photography-tutorials/foundations-of-photography-lenses/76336-2.html It is video learning, and the courses are taught by seasoned professionals. Videos are available 24/7. You can sign up on a monthly basis for $25/month, and quit at any time.

  4. What a great gift from a family who knows your interests. Your photos are wonderful!

  5. I have always loved your photographs, but I do see a new level of beauty now. I look forward to more!
    What a thoughful family you have!
    God bless!