New Camera Fun!

I got my new camera (Canon Rebel XT) in the mail on Thursday, and since then I have been wearing it around like a necklace! I just can’t get over how amazingly clear and focused all the pictures are, and how much I have to learn!

I have been dreaming about buying a DSRL for quite some time now, I just did not want to drop the several hundred dollars necessary to purchase one. However, when my old camera suddenly died on me a couple of weeks ago, I just could not survive without a decent camera. At first I thought about getting buy for a few more pay checks with a cheapo point and shoot, but once I went to amazon and saw the DSRL’s I could buy for only one hundred more…yeah, it was over.

I bought my camera used from amazon, and have not regretted it thus far. Yes, the camera body is a little scratched (which was noted on the description), and it is not the newest model, nor does it have all the high tech features. But it is a huge upgrade from my canon powershot (a camera that I absolutely loved, and will probably buy again just to have the convenience of a point and shoot), and the price was reasonable for my budget.

While I love making healthy meals, and the community and friends I have gained from blogging, I think the biggest enjoyment I get from the whole process is the photography. I love taking pictures of food! I think it is so much fun to manipulate the food, lighting, and accessories to produce a picture that is good enough to eat.

Shooting in manual mode is a lesson in patience and trial and error right now. I definitely still have a looonng way to go in improving my pictures, but I can also tell such a big difference from where I began only a few months ago.

Here are some of my favorites from this weekend:

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Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

Happy Friday!

I am so excited to share with you all about the awesome Foodie PenPal package I recieved from Lora at Crazy Running Girl! Foodie Pen Pals is a program run by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean in which foodies (both bloggers and readers) get matched up to share $15 worth of treats with their pen pal for the month. March was my first month participating, and I have really enjoyed it! If you are interested in participating for April, check out this link.

I was excited to receive a package-it doesn't happen very often

Lora's note to me

The goods 🙂

Lora treated me to:

Laurie’s Buffalo Gourmet corn chips-super crunchy and delicious especially when dipped in salsa by The Brooklyn Salsa Company

Starburst jellybeans- I am not a huge fan of Jelly Belly beans, but these were amazing.

Craisins- which inspired me to make this granola. Also cranberries are my favorite fruit, which is kind of sad because they are one of the few fruits that are extremely seasonal and not all tasty raw, but I love them all the same

Luna bars-all in chocolate free flavors, so I would not be tempted to break my Lenten fast from chocolate. Toasted nuts and cranberries was my favorite-obviously 😉

Thanks Lora!

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Also, random side note: I am thinking about getting new camera (DSLR). Right now I have a Canon Powershot SD 750 which I love, but I would like to take higher quality photos especially in low lighting.

Any thoughts or suggestions?