NIKON PHOTO TOUR: The New York Highline

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As a Canon girl,  I can’t believe I’m saying this… but ALL images were shot with Nikon D5000 in Manual Mode.  I felt like I was cheating on my “old” friend.  The thing that kept running through my mind during our little excursion was “it’s not the camera, it’s the photographer” and that made shooting with the Nikon D5000 so much fun.  You place a camera in my hand, it’s a new toy to me and I get as crazy as a kid in a candy store.  I’m almost convinced that a camera can get too old, especially if you’ve shot as many shots as I have with it.  I swear that the shots out of my 5 year old Canon Rebel XT (yea the original) is not as sharp and beautiful as it was when I first took it out of the box.  My husband would say I was just justifying the need to buy a new camera.  Yea… Maybe…Shhhh!

I literally received a 10 minute quick tutorial from a Nikon specialist and he gave me a quick lay of the land, showed me where to find all my settings and I was off.  The results are what you see above.  I definitely did get out of my comfort zone as all 75,000 shots sitting on my hard drive are of my children and friend’s children.  They are my favorite subjects.  To shoot architecture and urban shots was definitely new to me.  Luckily our first stop, the famous Highline Park, gave me lots to work with and I was inspired right from the start.  The lines of the space kept jumping out at me and I was so fixated on following each of them.  I got so lost in my focus, at one point I turned around and didn’t see anyone with Nikon tags and got worried everyone had left.  Turns out I had wandered quite a bit ahead of the group as one shot led to another.  I loved that I was able to shoot in full manual mode.  I feared I had forgotten even how to.  Thank God it’s like riding a bike and using a Nikon was like using my Canon.  I have to say the layout was very similar to my old friend the Canon Rebel XT.  Within minutes, it was like I used a Nikon all my life.  I confessed to Steve Simon, our amazing and so friendly pro photographer guide, that often, to get the shot with my kids, I cheat and leave it on Auto (gasp!).  They are such quick moving little things I never can adjust my camera quick enough and I leave everything to post production via Adobe Lightroom, after I capture the moment.  My goal is to move off Auto when shooting my kids, use Aperture priority as a stepping stone to shooting full manual.  Although I’ve been playing with the Canon 7D of late, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the full frame of the Nikon D700