Yesterday we went on a hike - approximately 11 miles long. This is the longest stretch my husband and I have walked together, and our feet are pretty sore today. It really felt great, though - at least the first 8 miles did - and the weather was beautiful and unusually cool. The wildflowers everywhere were enchanting, and these are the best of yesterday's shots.
After lots of saving, last February we took the plunge and bought our first DSLR - a Nikon D3100. I'm slowly learning how to use it. In these photos, I used both The camera I've used for years is a Cannon PowerShot Elph300 HS, which is a dandy point-and-shoot for landscapes and close-ups, but not quite up-to-snuff for what I like in portrait/fashion photography. (For reference, I used the Nikon D3100 for most of this post, and the Cannon PowerShot exclusively for this post and this post). The Cannon PowerShot is so small, I can easily slip it in my pocket, and it's also quite tough. It's been dropped many times, sand-blasted, and keeps on ticking. So a large DSLR is taking some getting used to - especially since I have no intentions of dropping it or getting it anywhere near sand! (Also, I'm a pretty good example of "why we can't have nice things.")
This post represents the first time I've really taken out the DSLR and used it on a hike, leaving my point-and-shoot behind. I have loads to learn, and if you have any personal photography or camera care tips to offer a newbie, I'd love to hear them!