I found out last night that the father who I never knew, who never knew me, was on life support and dying. I took the day off work because I was experiencing a state of shock, knowing I would lose any chances to know him but also pissed that for 26 years he never took the time to know me. I went to the park today to sort out my thoughts with my friend and our daughters. I call this the power of Photography because I always tell people the reason it’s a hobby for me is it’s the best way to let go. You only focus on what you want to photograph; you look in the viewfinder and just zone in on how you want to view the world. I was explaining this to my friend, handed her my camera, and she went to work. She didn’t want to put it down. Directing me and her daughter for a couple shots, talking about future shots she wants to take. She will be purchasing her own camera now! The power of photography helped me to cope today, and also showed my friend that she has an eye for photos. Seemed like a moment in time I should stamp in my blog.

Combined photos taken from me and my friend throughout the day.

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I found out last night that the father who I never knew, who never knew me, was on life support and dying. I took the day off work because I was experiencing a state of shock, knowing I would lose any chances to know him but also pissed that for 26 years he never took the time to know me. I went to the park today to sort out my thoughts with my friend and our daughters. I call this the power of Photography because I always tell people the reason it’s a hobby for me is it’s the best way to let go. You only focus on what you want to photograph; you look in the viewfinder and just zone in on how you want to view the world. I was explaining this to my friend, handed her my camera, and she went to work. She didn’t want to put it down. Directing me and her daughter for a couple shots, talking about future shots she wants to take. She will be purchasing her own camera now! The power of photography helped me to cope today, and also showed my friend that she has an eye for photos. Seemed like a moment in time I should stamp in my blog.

Combined photos taken from me and my friend throughout the day.

I started a new college semester this past month and have been quite stressed and anxiety filled. My camera has always been a release for me but haven’t had much time through the week. I got to get out this weekend and it felt better than ever. This was to be my experimentation weekend but didn’t have the funds. Hopefully next weekend. Enjoy the photos! Like and follow!

Cranes Roost Park is located in the heart of Altamonte Springs; smack dab in the center is a beautiful body of water surrounded by walking paths and bridges. Some people use this park as a jogging trail, some just come to sit and feed the ducks things they shouldn’t eat and others come to walk and enjoy the views with their family. I found it to be an awesome place to snap some photos.. it had just started drizzling and the sun was heading down so the lighting was perfect as well. It was a last minute decision to stop here and I’m glad I did! Please let me know if you enjoy the content posted and if so follow my blog!

I have discovered a new love for photographing storms.. right now I have just been practicing shots, settings and timing in my front lawn when a decent storm comes my way.

There is something about the gratification you receive when you are watching the lighting strike happen in real time, only to see your camera captured that moment too. A photo essentially stops time for that moment, but in the end allows it to live on.

Every lighting strike is different and unique, so every shot is something new. I’ll be watching the weather and going out to a beautiful spot with my tripod to wait and see what shots I can get. For now, you gets can enjoy my practice shots.

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Hubby took this one. 😍

Cell shot
Cell shot

This weekend I had tickets to a rock concert and a hotel booked for Saturday night in Tampa. My hubs and I had high expectations for this weekend; afterall we were kid free, had a couple hundred bucks to our name, and most of all each other. Things didn’t go as planned, the time changed for the show and we missed our two favorite bands, I got threatened to be arrested for no reason whatsoever, and the original hotel we booked didn’t work out.

So what did we end up doing? Well.. taking pictures around the lake at the hotel we stayed at and smoking maryjane. Worth it? Maybe for me.. I admit I do love taking photos 📸

Here are some photos I snapped on the drive and during the stay. Please subscribe to my blog if you like the content and check out the store link on my website.

Middle of nowhere on our way home.
Too high of ISO at night, but interesting grsony film look.
Free spirit 🦄✌🏼

Awesome lake to walk around at the hotel. Red face ducks galore.
My first attempt at this sort of shot. 
What the area of my silloghette shot looked like.

Clean laundry anyone?

Me and maryjane got a thing going on 

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Nikon D800 – Old to you; new to me

So I decided to move on from my starter camera and get something that is a little more advanced. I am attracted to Nikon so naturally stuck with the Nikon brand. I did quite a few weeks research to see what camera would fit my photography needs and settled on the older Nikon D800.

This camera originally came out years ago. There are newer options than this but considering I am currently working photography only as a hobby I didn’t want to drop thousands on new gear. I found a used, great condition, Nikon D800 for $725 on eBay and of course jumped on the deal.

Now, I am here to discuss if it’s still a camera worth looking into especially for this price used. Let’s dive in..

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The Nikon D800 uses 36 MP and this is really what drew me to going for this camera. I love details, I love sharpness, and I also love being able to crop if necessary without causing pixelation issues in the process. So far this has lived up to my expectations, the photos come out crisp and have been able to successfully crop photos and be happy with the results.

The settings weren’t very hard to figure out, easier than I originally expected. The starter camera I was using (Nikon d3400) had very simple settings, a lot of it automatically was adjusted for you. The Nikon D800 gives me the option to easily change my apeture shutterspeed and ISO without having to go into the settings on the camera. Just simply use the buttons and dials on the top of the camera! I love this aspect of having a more advanced camera than my d3400.

There are a few things that I’ve found myself wishing were a little better, or different. I am using a 50mm lens (cheaper one, not Nikon brand) and have found the focusing speed is slower on my d800, and it has issues focusing if im too close to a subject. This seems to be more present in my d800 than my d3400. Thankfully the type of shots I take don’t require a fast focus, I’m hoping when I upgrade lens it might resolve the issue a bit.

Since this is an older camera, before snapbridge, it’s not as easy to transfer photos to a mobile phone. I am very active on Instagram so this was a downfall for me. It takes me twice as long to get photos post processed and on my phone.

It also would be nice if the display screen on toptlit up. Hard to see in the dark!

So far i’m pleased overall. I love DSLR and this really is a great option whether used just for a hobby or as a professional photographer. The few downfalls aren’t enough to turn me away from the quality photos that come out of it. Considering you can buy it lightly used for under $800(US)(still around $2k new!!) makes it worth the purchase. I’d recommend it

Here are some photos I’ve snapped with it!

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