A week ago between bouts of a rotten double case of a flu/cold, whatever it was, thinking some warm sun would make me feel better, I set out to use my new Nikon D-90 Camera, officially for the first time.
I will admit to something, I normally would not need to mention. That weekend I sucked at taking photos. I read the manual and read the D-90 for Dummies from cover to cover while I was so sick, reading seemed to be a good escape. They titled that book just right!
So I (still with total nasal and chest congestion) loaded myself down with a heavy camera bag, a heavy tripod that I practically needed wheels to move and headed out on my day's journey to bring you some gorgeous photos of the desert, the magnificent snow covered mountains and anything else I would see along the way that might impress you with the beauty of the desert.
So as I go about my drive, I spot a stunning desert scape entrance to an exclusive enclave of custom homes and figured this would be a good place to start.
I had only taken a couple of photos when I realized this was not going to work out as planned. For reasons I won't get into, I made those couple clicks of my camera the end of that session and moved on. I came to an area I recalled seeing before of a wonderful water fountain and thought a great time to try and capture running water looking soft and cloud like using my telephoto lens, a low ISO and an ND6 filter to further blur the water motion.
The day was wearing on as fast as my body was giving out but I had yet to capture the gorgeous mountains, palm trees and all the lush green all around with the snow capped mountains.
I put on the telephoto lens again, made the corrections in switches and settings and got set up as the clouds and the sun were playing tag with each other and the clouds were clearly winning. Through the monitor (in live view) and with my eyes all bleary from my sinus infection, it was not until that evening when I looked at the cache of the day's take, only to discover nothing was in focus.
If it weren't so sad it would be funny. My concern is that after using the big telephoto lens twice, nothing came out in focus and the lens may actually have been damaged somehow in shipment. Well, that is the saga of my first efforts with my new camera. So having not had anything to post and certainly nothing photographed that I am even remotely considering keeping much less posting, that is the story of the many colors of an amazing technicolor cactus and the lacking photos of the great snow capped desert mountains. As for the water fall, OOF. ( out of focus)
There is a moral in this story somewhere, just haven't isolated as yet, LOL.