60d is one HOT MESS!

Haven't taken many fotos with my Canon 60d the past few weeks.   Instead, I have been researching Nikon 7100 and trying to find a way to fund it.  I called Canon regarding my concerns of my 6 month NEW 60d and was not impressed with the response. Each time I think I may have found a solution to either keeping my 60d and investing into a much nicer lens or embrace the Nikon 7100 and its very expensive lenses a fresh, more confusing problem will arise sending me back to the drawing board. The current thought is to keep the 60d and purchase a Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens - primarily for Portrait work.   I had worked my way to being comfortable in this decision until further research showed that the Sigma 85 mm 1.4 is designed for FULL frame cameras and my 60d has a smaller sensor.  It can mount on a 60d, but it will set the frame to 136mm which for my small 200 square foot studio I just don't think will give me enough space to take in the whole picture.

So, the journey continues.  Do I "dump" my Canon 60d and its inconsistent focus, no sync port, but has a great battery life?  Or, do I run into the arms of Nikon 7100 super sharp focus, high contrast, but so expensive I will have to sell a kidney to fund it?

Glitter In The Sun...not exactly.

So, I wanted to try and test the Nikon d3100 with some fun shots of my friend Madi with sparkling glitter in her hair, on her face and skin...gently blowing "fairy dust" glitter from her palm.  The idea was to create motion with the glitter, catch the sun light and create some hippie-esk photos of Madi.  Maybe even add sunflower petals around her eyes with Photoshop? Madi arrived being simply beautiful as always.  Hair curled, makeup perfect.  Sweet, soft attitude...perfect glitter fairy.

With glitter applied strategically and Nikon in hand we found fun backdrops of ivy, wisteria, and willow in my backyard.

After many attempts, I decided I couldn't capture the motion of the glitter spray with the lens I had available (the Nikon d3100/18-55 lens) is a loan from a friend to try.  Shutter speed was 1250, aperture was 5.3 and it was a bright HOT sunny day.

Poor Madi was eaten alive by mosquitoes and so I took a few quick shots and called it a day.

Moral of story:  Some shots are not meant to be.

I did get some fun shots of Madi with the Nikon though.  She is extremely photogenic.  But the glitter looks like dandruff! Image

So I won't be posting on fb, but here is one so you can see how the Nikon d3100 did a great job on creating some sharp, strong contrast images.  They have a moody, hippie-esk feel which I adore.