Hi, not at all! Thank you for the compliment!
my camera equipment:
I splurged and also got a good canon battery grip for my four month old canon eos 60d. It gives me great battery life and helps balance my camera for zoom shots and I can now take “sideways shots easily with a second button on the side of the grip. I also just picked up a great tripod, because my hands get really shaky when I’m trying to zoom in on something or take a shot in low light with a slower shutter speed to allow more natural light into the exposure.
You can see the EXIF DATA/settings I use for my digital photos on my flickr account by clicking on the “This photo was taken on March 18, 2012 using a Canon EOS 60D”. Each shot will have that Canon EOS 60D or another camera link, so you can see the settings I had for the individual shots. Sometimes I shoot auto, but mostly I shoot manual. I adjust “film speed”, shutter speed, the f-stop, the color, jpeg or raw, etcetera according to the natural and artificial light at my disposal and whether I have a tripod or not (I literally just got one so I can play around with the slow shutter speeds now). My film shoots won’t have the settings data. I prefer shooting two hours before up to actual sunset or early morning. high noon to 3, sometimes later, tends to make the photographs washed out and too bright. That’s a given for any photographer and any camera. But when shooting Italy, especially Rome, I don’t have the luxury to always shoot at the perfect “light” time so I compromise with underexposure and photoshop or raw processing. Indoor photography, especially in low lit churches or villas or museums in Italy, are an immense challenge. I can’t use flash inside the places (I wouldn’t be caught dead doing that) and risk damaging the antiques or art work. For indoor portraits I will utilize a good quality, strong flash but I prefer light from windows and with children use a reflector sometimes (hard to lug around).