|foolin' around - this photo is actually frost on a window|
|water condensation on the same window|
So I spent time talking to my big brother, astrologer/photo enthusiast, who knows me quite well, and he gave me some solid advice. I went back to the camera store and played with the Nikons and Canon. While the d3200 was the lightest weight, and had a wonderful in camera guide, it was missing some features that the others had, such as the flip-out live view screen, so I didn't consider it further. (For someone who takes a lot of pics from a kayak, that flip-out screen will be indispensable!) Each of the other 2 had features I liked better than the other. I was happy to discover they both have auto-bracket capabilities, and can therefore do HDR (high dynamic range) photos which is something I'd like to explore once I have a good feel for the camera, and have used it a bit. I liked the location of some controls and menus (and the touch screen capability) on the Canon, but I liked the 'feel' of the Nikon body. In the end, with January camera sales going on, with both having same lens - 15-55mm - the Canon will cost $150 more than the Nikon. I decided that was enough of a difference to direct me toward the Nikon. With that $150 I can get a nice camera bag and some other accessories, or put it toward another lens. By the way, there's an option of getting a bigger lens for some more $$, instead of the 15-55mm, but since weight is so important to me I didn't consider that option.
So Nikon d5100 it will be, and once I have it, and have used it, I'll let you know what I think!
Meanwhile I need to get myself a decent & affordable photo editing program, without a steep learning curve. I do not have Photoshop. Currently I am using both Microsoft Photo Editor, and a Corel Photo editing program. Both are very limited. My brother suggested I might like Lightroom. Anybody want to offer their opinions?
Hubby is waiting to go fetch some dinner; hope you've had or will have a great week back in school!!