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A New Camera (and a new contest)

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Winner is: Amy from Texas – Amy please email me: kim (@) mommyknows (dot) com

I have a new camera. Maybe, I should call it a new obsession. All I’ve been doing is taking photos, then editing/processing photos.

Now that I have ‘retired’ I have decided to further pursue my photography hobby. I packed away my old Nikon D70 and treated myself to a Nikon D300. It’s way, way, way too much camera for this mommy. Nevertheless, I am determined to figure out how this one works.

I took several pictures of the kids yesterday. This is my favourite of Sam:
Sam in Colour
Here is the same photo in black and white:
Sam  in B&W
It’s amazing really the how different they seem. In this version of black and white you see his freckles better; and it’s seems to have been taken in another time and place. I can’t decide, which I prefer. How about you, black and white or colour?

If you have the time, give it a try. I would love to see your efforts (make sure to leave a link in the comments section).

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MK xo
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40 comments… add one

  • naomi August 17, 2008, 8:06 pm

    I like the color version because your kids have gorgeous coloring but he looks like Steve McQueen in the black and white, which is pretty cool… I can’t believe how grown up he looks! It seems like you just cut off his little boy curls not too long ago.

    I need to get a good camera one of these days, something that’s not just a point and shoot.

    naomi’s last blog post..Who Ordered the Tarte?

  • Lisa August 17, 2008, 8:24 pm

    I Love the black and white one:)

  • Hannah August 17, 2008, 8:27 pm

    They are both great, but I like the B&W one because I’m a real sucker for freckles!! My youngest is getting some and I can’t get enough of them ;-)

    Hannah’s last blog post..Snow = no go :-(

  • Michelle August 17, 2008, 8:45 pm

    I like the color one because of the dappled green background against the blonde hair, fair skin and white tank, but the b&w makes his eyes even more intense and sets off the freckles… I think you’re a fab photographer, can’t wait to see what you do with your new toy!

    Michelle’s last blog post..death by crochet

  • Leslie August 17, 2008, 8:55 pm

    I love the black & white. what are you using to edit your photos?

    Leslie’s last blog post..Bridge County Raceway

  • MommyKnows August 17, 2008, 9:51 pm

    @ Naomi – Funny you say Steve McQueen my dad gets that ALL the time. I actually thought I saw Ricky Schroeder in the b&w. You MUST get a good camera, there is so much you miss with a p&s, it’s worth it, just for the shutter speed.

    @ Lisa – Thank you.

    @ Hannah – Thank you Hannah. I am a sucker for freckles too.

    @ Michelle – Thanks Michelle. I think you are a fab crafter :).

    @ Leslie – Thanks Leslie. I am using Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom is new to me. I am about a 1/3 of the way through the tutorials. MUST finish.

  • divrchk August 18, 2008, 5:31 am

    I think I like the b&w better. Not sure why. Congrats on the new camera!

  • girl August 18, 2008, 5:54 am

    Congratulations! I just upgraded myself!

  • Carey August 18, 2008, 6:02 am

    I love black and white photos. I think it says something about the photo/subject that you cant see in the color.

    Carey’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  • Cindi August 18, 2008, 11:17 am

    Happy Monday! I vote for the black and white photo of your son. Sometimes, the difference between color and black and white photos, is the pose. This pose requires the black and white finish. You are a wonderful photographer. Cindi

  • Andrea August 18, 2008, 11:31 am

    My sister absolutely LOVES starbucks – I’d love to win this for her.Thanks.

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  • Deb August 18, 2008, 11:55 am

    I actually love both…colour is so great in pics of kids I find, but his little freckles sell me on the black and white one! Here’s my attempt, although I’m not the happiest with the result:

    Deb’s last blog post..B&W

  • lace August 18, 2008, 12:50 pm

    I love the B&W. Seems a bit more intense or more intriguing. I would love to get a new camera. Might be my next big purchase.

    By the way, thank you for the great bag. I’ve used it several times since I received it. No more plastic bags for me.

    lace’s last blog post..Visit A Daycare Life to Win a Flo

  • JaimeS August 18, 2008, 1:19 pm

    I love the black & white photo. I love doing photos up in Sepia… here is one the pictures that I’ve photoshopped:

    I love using for all my projects.

    JaimeS’s last blog post..Destiny & my insight into true friends

  • JaimeS August 18, 2008, 1:26 pm
  • Susan August 18, 2008, 1:38 pm

    I am so anxious to get my hands on the Nikon D300 I can taste it. I had the Nikon D100 and I loved it. I sold it and put the money away so I could save for the D300. Can’t wait to get it. I’ll be stopping by to see your great photos!


  • Sheena August 18, 2008, 6:55 pm

    I am definitely feeling the freckles so I love the B&W! You should layer the b&w over the color for the vintage feel. I wish I could afford a new lens for my camera – not that I don’t enjoy what I have!

    Sheena’s last blog post..Moving With A New Baby

  • jenibeez August 18, 2008, 9:00 pm

    What a cute pic, and the freckles are the best.

    Thanks for the contest


  • Lotus Notes August 18, 2008, 10:26 pm

    I actually love both………I like the color version because your kids have gorgeous coloring but he looks like Steve McQueen in the black and white.I wish I could afford a new lens for my camera.Thanks for sharing the black,white& color photo…

  • Misa August 18, 2008, 11:05 pm

    Nice photo.. The Black and White looks good…

  • ginny August 19, 2008, 7:11 am

    Oh my… what GORGEOUS eyes, which really stand out in the B&W version.

    ginny’s last blog post..daycare anxiety

  • dimberly August 19, 2008, 10:02 am

    I prefer the color one as I’m not too sure about the shading(?) on the black and white…. yes, you’re very right, certain details do show up more.

    I’m a returning student, ha! I’ll be 40 when I graduate, and this coming semester I’ve tacked on a photography course. Once you pay for 12 credit hours, the rest are “free” so photography will be credit hours 15, 16 and 17 for me. I thrive on being busy and I look forward to learning everything I can about photography.

  • linda August 19, 2008, 6:15 pm

    I love both actually …well done .

  • hotep August 20, 2008, 4:12 am

    Black & white photos are always my favorite …but sometimes the color ones are best. Here the secound one shows best the face features.

  • Susy-Q August 20, 2008, 6:14 am

    Black and White for sure! His eyes and freckles stand out more and the photo just seems for intense. You wouldn’t be interested in selling your old camera by any chance would you?

  • Amy from Texas August 20, 2008, 6:16 am

    The black and white is my fav. Look at how his eyes pop. What a cutie! Enjoy the new camera… I’m jealous!

    Amy from Texas’s last blog post..Strange Houses

  • Stair Lifts August 20, 2008, 6:48 am

    It is amazing how the digital camera has completely revolutionized how people take photographs. When I was younger I used to develop my own black and white pictures, but could never get anything that looks half as good as your picture. I just could never get that kind of crispness or contrast. I still have all the equipment though and am a good deal wiser now, so I would like to get back into it.

    I agree with Amy that the black and white one is my favorite.

  • Ashley August 20, 2008, 8:05 am

    The black and white is definately my top pick. It’s just a little more dramatic and his features stand out!

    Ashley’s last blog post..What’s one more?

  • Gill August 20, 2008, 12:07 pm

    Its funny but since I started my blog I have taken an interest in photography too. I think its because there are so many good photographers out there in blog world, and when I look at my poor photo’s it makes me want to try new techniques and want to take better photo’.

    I was interested also in how your black and white brought out the freckles, who knew that would happen? I am a fan of the black and white one too.

    Now to save up for a new camera…….


    Gill’s last blog post..50 + 1 things to do with carrots.

  • Samantha August 22, 2008, 9:40 am

    Congrats on the new purchase!

    I stumbled upon your via Angella of Dutch Blitz. I’m always picking up new blogs (especially if they involve photography).
    I’ll be back! :)

    Samantha’s last blog post..Writer’s Block

  • Jen B August 24, 2008, 2:49 pm

    I love the black and white photo.
    Linked back.

    Thanks a bunch!

  • Jamie August 25, 2008, 4:53 am

    Awwwwwwww, I never win, and yet I still comment! I must like you or something.

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  • Auntie Gayle August 25, 2008, 8:01 am

    I love the B&W one…his eyes are amazing and freckles stand out more.I think the B& W one “says” more than the color. It’s funny that people are commenting on the Steve McQueen thing…just like we used to say about your dad.

  • paul August 25, 2008, 7:23 pm

    beautiful pics! i like the contrasts of the two. that camera must be awesome.

    paul’s last blog post..Customize Google with FireFox Extension

  • Michelle August 25, 2008, 10:32 pm

    I like them both but think I like the color better. The Black and white makes him look way older than his age.

  • Work at homes moms August 26, 2008, 3:49 am

    I read a simliar post just the other day by Sandra Kosineck but yours is much better.

  • Denver Colorado Real Estate August 26, 2008, 9:59 am

    I love the pics! I like them both and It is professionally taken. Congratulations.

  • kategvt August 26, 2008, 11:53 am

    hi…glad u are back! we love the balck and white one!

  • Ava August 31, 2008, 12:27 am

    I love both colored and black & white picture. Both have their own grace and beauty. :)

  • Motorcycle Fairings September 9, 2008, 10:09 am

    In my opinion Nikon has the best cameras on the market. No wonder why the CSI show uses them in their cases. Good pictures though.

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