Obsess Much?

Ever since my photography class last week I've been absolutely obsessing about having the proper equipment for our trip to New Mexico in June. Our teacher was telling us all the different types of lenses we should have, when to use them, and everything else that is a must for an aspiring photographer. I went home and immediately bought a few things that I could afford right away including a travel tripod called the Tiffen Voyager and a filter set for my main lens which includes an (UV) Filter, Circular Polarizer, and 812 Warming Filter with a Pouch. I have a nice tripod that a friend gave me which I use for photographing my knitting but I needed one that is lightweight and that I could carry with me. Mike said that I'm going overboard which is probably true but if we can afford it why not.

She also told me that I must have a telephoto lens which I am now searching frantically for something I can justify buying. I don't want to spend much more than $200 after just buying 2 lenses not too long ago as I discussed here. This means that I will have to buy a used lens which doesn't worry me too terribly much since my teacher says she buys used all the time and most people treat their lenses like their babies. I've been stalking e-bay to try and find one in in the 75-300mm range which should be fine for me right now. I'm well aware that I will probably be replacing it in a year when I can afford to buy one for $500-600, which I'm finding to be the price range of decent lenses.

I just hate waiting for an e-bay auction to draw to a close. There are a few of them that I've been obsessively stalking. One has 2 days left and the other 7. If I don't win one of those I'm afraid I will have to lower my expectations and either buy one without Image Stabilization or a smaller range.

I don't exactly know where this photography bug is leading but I feel the need to follow the passion wherever it takes me. One of the biggest advantages of being childless is that we have the time and some disposable income to spend on our flights of fancy. The pictures above were taken with my favorite little lens the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 last week at St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.


Ann said...

You are doing so well with your photography. When I first got my new camera I wanted every accessory you could think of. I since realized that 1) I can't afford it and 2) I can't afford it...lol Hope you win your auction.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Both photos are beautiful but the second one - sunset? - is my favorite. I can see lots of gorgeous pictures in the future of your blog! ;o)

Stacie's Madness said...

THERE are soooo many camera things I want to buy too, it's sooo hard to justify...but you go girl...can't wait to see where your passion leads you!

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Wow, Paige, those pictures are stunning. You have talent oozing out of your pores. Thanks for posting those links as well.. I have been on the hunt for a tripod myself, and I just may get this one.

Becki said...

I'm impressed with the pictures you've been getting with the equipment you've already got :)

I tagged you for a photo meme on my blog.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Love both photos. I just bought a new camera and want everything that goes with it but I just cannot afford it now. I could barely afford the camera :D Though I did have to buy a new camera bag which was fun :D


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