for my 21st birthday my dad bought me a new dslr camera, and on saturday night i finally got the chance to sit down and have a play around with it for an hour or so. the last time i'd played around with a dslr previous to this was when i was 16 (so a good few years ago now, sob, i'm getting old) so it was an experience to throw myself back into something that was once vaguely familiar, and was now once again something of a mystery.
after a while i found myself getting to grips with the camera again, understanding the effects changing features such as the aperture and shutter speed would have on my photographs, and before i knew it i was having lots of fun shooting the pretty christmas lights dotted around our living room. i'm by no means slick with a camera and i'm not posting to show off any fantastic photographs, but rather i thought i'd share them because i think it could be a nice point of reflection for me in the future as i (hopefully) get more involved with my camera and in time take more, hopefully better, photos.
a session with a camera wouldn't be wholly successful if i didn't try to grab a shot or two of ziggy, and i soon found out how difficult shooting a very active, very black, very shaggy poodle in a lowly lit room is. i think in the end i did alright, but in time when i brush up on my photography skills and ziggy goes for a haircut i think i'll be able to do her beautiful poodly self a little bit more justice.