I received my 50mm 1.8 lens on Saturday! It came in the mail much more quickly than I was expecting, so I spent the afternoon taking pictures while my husband was so nice as to take our son on a father/son adventure to Home Depot. Of course, that left me with my usual subjects: the kitties and random objects around the house. I was okay with that though; I had a new toy to play with!
The kitties were all napping, so I nicely went into each room and woke them up with the sound of my shutter going off every few seconds! They bug me all the time while I sleep, so I really felt no guilt about it at all! You can see the attitude Ky Ky was giving me below as I was swiveling "her" computer chair around to get the best light on her face.
I have to say that I had a lot of fun with my camera yesterday. I tried out some random objects in the house. Some were way too random and just didn't work composition-wise, so they aren't in the set of photos. It was fun nonetheless. My favorites had to be the beer bottles that my husband left by the kitchen sink. It was a bout 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon and the light coming in the back windows was absolutley perfect. Once I uploaded my photos, I did notice that I still need to work on my shaking hands. Many photos I knew were in focus, but when I was kneeling to take the photos, I was not steady. I would say about half of the photos came out how I wanted them to.
I have Lightroom 3 that my husband bought me for Christmas. I love the few perks that I have being a teacher, and getting a discount on editing software is one of them! I would love to have Photoshop someday, as I think I am limited in some respects with Lightroom, but I am still learning the program as I go along. My new favorite thing is to google "free Lightroom presets and templates". I have actually found quite a few out there. I used many of them on this set of photographs. Of course, I went back and messed with things after I applied the presets, but didn't have to do a whole lot. I like that there are some peoplpe out there willing to share what they create for free. I hope to learn how to create presets and return the favor someday. I don't, by any means, think using just pre-made presets is the way to go all the time, but it makes the process go much quicker.
That's it, my first collection of 50mm shots. I took a few more today. I live in Maine, so I have to wait a little while until the flowers and nice weather arrive in order to get out there and do even more photos. We just got a half foot of snow the other day, so it will be a little while. We are in our mud season now; I am trying to find something pretty about it so that I can be inspired, but alas, I have not found anything yet.