my new camera

I am so so very excited about my Christmas present!  Michael, my parents, and my in-laws went in together and bought me a Canon EOS Rebel T3i for Christmas.  I am incredibly thrilled!  Michael gave it to me to open when we did our Christmas (Christmas Eve morning) and I’ve hardly put it down since.  I’m having a blast playing with it and learning all the cool things it can do.  Fortunately there are tons of tutorials and helpful posts found all over the blogosphere and Pinterest that are helping me learn a lot.

From the time I got my camera Saturday morning to the time we got home Monday night I took almost 500 pictures.  Many of those were the same shot over and over again as I played around with the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, manual focus, and white balance.  Therefore, many of those pictures were bad, but I had fun playing and I did get some that I really liked.  I’ll spare you the 500 but I wanted to record a few of my favorites.  I hope that someday I look back at these and laugh at how amateur they seem…but for now I’m pretty proud of myself.  (Just in case anyone cares…the lens I have is the stock lens that comes with the T3i: 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.5 IS)

not a particularly impressive picture, but it’s the very first one taken with my camera so it’s special

decorative balls at my parents

Mom’s quilt – made by my Mema – on our bed in the guest room

my beautiful hometown

first time trying out the manual focus feature on my lens

messing around with the shutter speed – totally did not know that was going to happen but thought it was really cool (that’s my parent’s Christmas tree)

then Daddy took this by using a slow shutter speed and zooming in and out while taking the picture – super fun

I was a little bummed when I found out that the stock lens that came with my camera didn’t have a low enough aperture to make bokeh, but then I discovered that I could get some by using the manual focus on my lens so I was really happy (my parent’s Christmas tree again)

playing Buzzwords

playing Rummikub

this is not at all a spectacular picture, but I was so excited that I was able to take a picture through glass without it looking all wonky

pecan pie brownies (recipe here)

Michael’s parent’s Christmas tree

love that you can even see the engraving inside Michael’s wedding band (5-23-09 Matt. 5:16)

I am just so stinkin’ excited about my camera.  Get ready for a bajillion and twelve pictures!



  1. Congrats :-)

  2. I got this camera about 6 months ago. LOVE its ease and WONDERFULLY vivid pictures.

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