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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

MEET MR. BIG

"BIG PAPPA" that is...This is "Razzi's" new big brother. Get it..."PAPPA-RAZZI?" Yeah, Karen was the only one who commented and picked up on that last night. Clever, eh? Come on now, work with me here-work with me. When I take pictures, you'll always know who I shot them with - Pappa or Razzi - because of the way I name them. CRAZEEEEE! Just say it-call me crazy. I'm down with that.

First up though, I apologize...I took the images below with Pappa and Razzi's little point and shoot 2nd cousin and lets just say that he is missing some of the family genes that they were both blessed with. He is from the "Canon" family though. We'll leave it at that. :)


I had initially thought that I would upgrade from my Nikon D40x to the D90 that came out. However, after doing lots and lots of research, I learned that the D90 is on the high end of the "consumer" cameras. I didn't want to just be a consumer anymore. The D90 has a new video feature that I'd never use and is way cheaper than the upgrade I ended up going with. But...it just wasn't the cream of the crop I was looking for. I wanted more. I wanted more power, more vivid color, faster shutters, a commercial design for sturdy durability, live view on the LCD, more ISO power, more white balance options, and so forth . I wanted what the pros have and use. I wanted out of the "consumer end" market and into the professional end. I wanted BIG PAPPA. :)

The shear size difference between Razzi & Pappa is amazing. Razzi has and always will be a good camera. Nikon did a good thing when they brought out her consumer end style of DSLR cameras. However, she is really no match and definitely no comparison to what this new D300 does. I sat and played with it all day yesterday while up and down with Kenidi in bed. (Luckily I think our little sick girl might be seeing light at the end of the tunnel here soon.) It has me challenged, excited, and my heart racing 90 miles a minute.

It is going to take some serious getting used to. See...when I upgraded to the D300, I lost all ability to use "my stupid friend Auto." That is right folks...the professional end cameras do not offer "AUTO" modes. Therefore, I can't go backwards. I can only move forward from here. In order to take pictures, I am now required to stop and think with every image shot. What should my shutter speed be, what should my aperture be set at, what do I want my ISO set on, have I reset the white balance, etc. etc. etc. The more I played with it yesterday, the more it clicked and became more second nature. Thus resulting in exactly what my photo coach told me would happen. See...I was convinced at first that I needed to stick with the D90 upgrade option because the consumer end cameras still offer "auto modes." I felt at first that I needed to have that crutch to fall back on when necessary. Not only that but the guy at my local camera store really scared me when discussing going into the D300 because he talked about how advanced it was and all. However, when I sat down at class with my photo coach and told him my reasoning behind possibly going with the D90 instead of Big Pappa (D300), he pretty much gave me a lashing and instructed me to do the right thing. So I did. Big Pappa is now home.

Although I think there might be some sibling rivalry at times, our family is adjusting well. I still have Razzi and totally intend on keeping her. For those rare moments in the future when I do need auto mode, she'll be a great back up camera for me. She'll always be my first born too. She holds a special place in this ol' heart of mine no matter what other brotha's and sista's are born into her environment along the way. In the end, she, big Pappa, and their point and shoot 2nd cousin will be occupying my camera bag together. It's nice and cozy in there to say the least.

Lastly, let me introduce you to another one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year. This came as a total surprise from Brent and the kiddo's. I knew I needed a new printer and I knew which one I wanted. However, I didn't think it was on Santa's budget list this year. I figured a new printer would be a must in the near future but not so soon. This ROCKIN' new photography printer is so hot that I can hear it sizzlin' as I type. :)

Not only is the EPSON Artisan 800 printer a 5 in 1 with wi-fi Print / Copy / Scan / Fax / Ultra HD Photo, but it just looks good too. You know what I mean...it just screams, "look at me!" The print quality and colors are so vivid and amazing. This gift was the perfect extra to help my images even more when it comes time to print them. It prints photos in as fast as 10 seconds, it prints my company logos right onto DVD/CD's for me , it does two sided printing which is a huge saver of paper, and also has the ability to print coloring books and personalized note paper. The kids will love that part. I know I do already. With a 7.8" touch panel and a 3.5 inch LCD screen, you just can't go wrong with all of this "awesome-ness." A big huge xoxoxo to my incredible hubby and kids for surprising me with this one. Mamma didn't see it coming.

So, as you can tell, I've been gadget busy over the past few days. I feel that I've become a tech-nerd all of a sudden even though I'm truly tech-tarded (as my sewing lady, Karen, likes to say). Either way, my brain has come out of its mush state and been challenged beyond belief in the past couple of months and especially now. I'm armed and I'm sooooooo ready for Spring. What I'm even more ready for though is that flight out of Indy come this Friday morning and the touchdown in South Florida for 2.5 weeks where I can really drag all this equipment out and get busy. Won't you join me? As always, I'll keep blogging while away.

Hugs sista's...

Angie, Razzi, Big Pappa, and the 2nd cousin (what a Christmas card that would make) HA!

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new "toys" Angie!! I'd ohhh so love a camera like that!!
Have fun in Florida!! Stay safe!

deb williams

12/17/2008 11:03 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Oh Big Pappa looks awesome! Congrats to you on the new camera and printer...not to mention that new camera bag...so you!

I hope you have a Merry Christmas. Florida is about 78 right now...not to shabby but definately no White Christmas...unless you count the white sand on the beaches LOL

I am glad to hear Kenidi is feeling better.

12/17/2008 11:14 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Girl...you hit the jack-pot! You must have been really good this year to be on top of Santa's list! Have so much fun and I can't see the results.

12/17/2008 11:31 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

One more thing...I'm expecting to see some awesome fPhoto Fridays!! :)

12/17/2008 11:32 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I am so jealous! Can't wait to see what Pappa does!!! Merry Christmas
Pam

12/17/2008 11:45 AM  
Blogger Angie Seaman said...

Thanks girls. And Rach...the camera bag isn't new. I've had it for a few months now. Also, I sent you a note a few minutes ago. Hope you got it on your blog. It was in response to your note the other day. Hugs ladies, Angie

12/17/2008 11:59 AM  
Blogger Mandi said...

Ok, this is coming from a Canon girl... but he's BEAUTIFUL!! and I'm officially jealous. You're the 1 millionth person to show off their new beauty, and it's just not in the cards for us this year (insert pout here) I spent 15 minutes last night telling my husband all about the different cameras and why I "need" to upgrade (I just have the Rebel XT that I got because I was impatient in saving $$ and as soon as I could afford it, I got it). I love your explanation of "consumer" vs. "professional". It's exactly what I was trying to explain to my husband. *sigh* enjoy Big Pappa! I'm sure he'll be right at home with your family!

12/17/2008 12:20 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Wow..what a nice addition to the family. I can't wait to see your first shots from big pappa.

Praying your family is well before flight and that you have a wonderful trip and stay in Florida.

12/17/2008 12:37 PM  
Anonymous rhonda said...

WOW!!!!! How awesome Angie!!!! I thought I would take a sneak peek before I go get Bailee. Can't wait to see what big Pappa does! Just in time for the beach!!! Hope you all are well!!!

Love,
Rhonda

12/17/2008 2:16 PM  
Blogger Woodsy Ivy said...

Something tells me you're not as tech-challenged as you say! :-) Congrats on the totally awesome gifts girlie! I'm oozing with jealousy that you're heading off to Florida with a totally thoughtful husband who buys you amazing gifts. Good for you! I hope your kids are all better for the trip and that you have a great time! I'm going to live vicariously though you when you post your Florida pics. Have fun! Jill

12/17/2008 8:40 PM  
Blogger katy said...

Ohhhh I know you are THRILLED! Yay! I'm very excited for you!!! My dad has a fancy camera...sorry not sure what it is. But he reminds me of you always talking about lenses, etc. Well, he was talking about this new lens he got, blah blah blah, when I saw it I almost DIED!!! I kid you NOT, the end of the lens was bigger than my head!!! Anyway, congrats on your new stuff...can't wait to see some of the images you capture!
Merry Christmas

12/17/2008 10:42 PM  
Blogger RockinMom said...

Oh my goodnesss. I can NOT wait to see pictures you take with that bad-boy. :)
Congrats on the upgrade. So happy for you girl.

12/17/2008 11:01 PM  
Blogger RockinMom said...

Ps. May I ask where you got that camera bad. I LOVE it.

12/17/2008 11:02 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Oh my gosh...how awesome!!!!!!!!! I want to get a new camera but have NO CLUE where to start!! Anyway have fun w/ all your new goodies!!

LOL @ "tech-tarded".

12/17/2008 11:24 PM  
Blogger MamaMia said...

You are out of my league girlfriend.

One day when the kids are older, I hope to go to remedial photography and graduate to a bigger, better camera. In the meantime, I'll enjoy your awesome pictures.

12/18/2008 12:27 AM  
Blogger IRENE said...

Impressive guys, and that hot tote...yummy! Wishing you lots of happy shots, and a very merry Christmas!

12/18/2008 7:32 AM  
Blogger One Wired Woman said...

Wow... I've got a horrible case of lens envy right now. You go girl!! ~Jill :)

12/18/2008 8:49 AM  
Blogger Hipmomofboyz said...

I'm having lens size envy right now...this camera make me want to head up to see you and you take my fams picture!!!

12/18/2008 9:28 AM  

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