I feel like I’ve finally arrived in big-girl world. I’m no longer using the same laptop I received after high school graduation (although it’s still neatly packed away in the closet) and I’ve split from my old Blackberry smart phone ways. And today, I’m proud to announce, I finally have a premium macro lens for my Canon.

A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me her 35 mm Canon Rebel. Yes, GAVE! It was the most amazing photography starter gift I could have hoped for. I learned a bit on it, but still wasn’t pegging down any great technique. Last year, after passing that camera on to yet another friend,  I upgraded to the digital Canon T3i I have now. With my busy work/commute schedule at that time, learning my way around my camera was put on the back burner.

With all my spare time since moving to Washington (read: housewife life is great), I’ve learned a lot about photography techniques. Unable to achieve the results I had been seeking with the tools at hand, I sought refuge in Adobe Lightroom 4. It helped. For a bit. But I was still experiencing those flat photos you would expect from a point and shoot. Just like I’ve always done, I tried to get by the best I could with what I had (which I was still very grateful for!).

After moving some investment money around, we were able to throw down for a new macro lens. And with another technology update, I feel more grown up.

JSYK:  If you’re interested in upgrading as well, Tamron is having some great rebates right now! Head over to your authorized Tamron dealer to get up to $100 back in rebates. I mailed mine off today.

8 Comment

  1. A nice is lens will be one of my first purchases once I have a big girl job.

  2. kendra says: Reply

    wait… GAVE?! i’m still hung up on that sentence, haha. the photos are awesome! can’t wait to see how you grow as a photographer.

  3. I just got rid of my blackberry last month. I do feel way more grownup now. I was starting to hide my phone in public. : )

    Enjoy your new lens, and I hope you share more photos soon!

    1. My blackberry had the back plate taped on because it wouldn’t fit anymore (for some reason?). I was definitely ashamed of using it in public, too!

  4. Christie Ardoin says: Reply

    I love the way you captured Yango’s mature confidence. Iggy looks a bit worried; maybe camera shy? Beautiful work with your new lens.

    1. Iggy always has that look of uncertainty. He’s not a very confident dog.

  5. great pics with the new lens for sure! and p.s. you are very european for not using a top sheet, its so hard to find them here!

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