Yay, new lens! (And other new gear)
DH got an awesome deal (50% off) on a 55-250mm lens, and surprised me with it! Given that my birthday just passed and we are always on a tight budget, I was so surprised, but DH does have a hard time passing up a deal!
I have a good friend locally who loves shooting wildlife, so I'm psyched to be able to get a bit better shots with a longer lens, but also to use it for some portraits with more background compression and such is pretty cool too. I tried it out last night when we went to visit my brother on his acreage and got some fun (and goofy) shots of Nora near the golden hour.
(TANGENT: I sure am discovering that Nora is MUCH more willing to have her picture taken if I ask her to DO something. She does not like merely posing and smiling, but she will cooperate if she has a task! The first one so totally breaks the ROT but I couldn't get back far enough fast enough. She has a short attention span!)
My fave, she is just so silly:
And you know me, since I'm sharing, I always have more, also taken with the new lens. The kids got tractor rides from my brother, and we had dinner on his patio outside. He looks like a redneck here (his words, not mine) but is actually a financial editor big-shot... he's just in his farmer clothes. :D
ETA: I also got my tri-fold grey card that I ordered from Amazon and am so happy with it. I did two photos recently setting my white balance first with the grey card, and they are both bang-on SOOC without blown reds or any colour issues. Nice!