Photography is an extension of yourself.

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Experimenting with Night Photography Part 2

Part 2 of my night photography adventure.  Instead of shooting underneath a yellow light, I found a spot that has a nice cool white light. I forgot to mention that I used my S3 flash to provide additional lights.

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Experimenting with Night Photography Part 1

I was pretty bored one night and decided to do something productive. This was around 9:30 PM and I just took my camera, tripod and remote out and find the nice spot. I did a little research before I left and the only thing I picked up on is set at f 8 or f 11 and set the exposure for about 25-30 seconds. I know you couldn’t do that with the Aperture mode and you know it is not going to be the Shutter Mode. What was left is P and M. So I used the manual mode and try to figure out how to keep the shutter open for 25-30 seconds. I found out that you could set the exposure to bulb and control the timing via shutter release or the remote.

For this, I used my D5000 and the Nikkor 40mm 2.8 lens.

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Got my lens back but…

… it is still not working. The kit lens will not autofocus. All Nikon did was a clean and check. I’m thinking that the autofocus motor is bad. Anyways, I am going to by a new lens. the Nikkor 55-200mm VR. I am just upset that Nikon did not find anything wrong with the lens when clearly I cannot take any pictures indoors or out with Autofocus engaged. I’ll have to send it back again, but it is pointless to have a camera sitting on my desk.

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Finally made my purchase!

I’m a proud owner of the Nikon D5000 with the kit lens. Some good and bad news and some in between the two.

Good news, I got it at a very attractive price. $500 bucks from Sears since they are discontinue.

Bad news is that the kit lens is a defective and I already have to send the lens in for service. How is it a defect? The lens itself isn’t capturing enough light in any condition. I have try a different lens at a local store and that lens worked fine. Not a problem with the camera itself.

IMG_1126This was the last one that I could find in the entire DFW metroplex and it was a display model. Normally I do not like to get the display model but this camera show no sign of wear and tear. I did do a close examination of the body and lens and it looked brand new. The only thing missing is the owner’s manual (no big deal), the charger (a huge deal since I did have to go out and buy one), and the defective lens (which I have to ship out). I don’t regret the purchase.

I really wanted to get the D90 but after reviewing the specs and the price, choosing the D5000 was a no brainer. The D5000 lacks a couple of features than the D90 but in  the end, they pretty much have the same specs and feature, minus the built-in, in-body, auto-focus on the D5000.

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Limited product line to choose from

I still have this project on hold, and pushed back again. Apparently it looks like a lot of retailers has discontinue the D5000. With that in mind. I have decided on getting the D90, when the price goes below a grand. I do not want to get Canon DSLR because it does not have this natural feel when holding it in your hands.

Hopefully I can get this camera before the D7000 really catches on.