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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Picture Day

I've been in withdrawal since my digital camera rolled over and died. To get my photo fix, I've been using my film camera (Nikon N60), and I just got back a CD of photos of our recent reno projects. So today let's have a slide show.

The famous dining room project

My test colors, Billiard Green, Dark Mustard and Empire Gold:

The winning color, Dark Mustard:

I like the way it turned out, though the right wall really needs some art. I'll get to that later.

The master bathroom tile-bashing fiesta

Henry likes to help. Don't worry, once we got started in earnest, we shut the cats out of the bathroom, so they wouldn't slice up their little paws like I did my feet and hands.

So far, so good:

A discovery

When Darwin was edging the front sidewalk, he found that the bricks along one side extend further, and he uncovered bricks on the other side, too. Nice!

And now that I've pictured you to death, I have some news. Last night when I went to pick up said photo CD, I got sucked in by the shiny camera display cabinet. My sister, a newspaper photographer, had recommended the digital Canon Rebel, since it's quite a bit cheaper than the Nikon version. I was all ready to buy it until I asked the fatal question, "Why is the Canon cheaper?"

Then the salesperson (a very nice lady) showed me the differences between the heavier, sturdier Nikon with the awesome lens and the Canon. And, being a sucker and an impulse-buyer, I bought the Nikon D70.

I wouldn't have bought it, except they had a 0% for 12 months thing, and I LOVE 0% for 12 months, which is a great deal if you actually pay it off in 12 months (we always do).

I feel a little (ok, a lot) guilty for spending so much money, but it is a terrific camera. And my sister has the same one, so she can teach me all its nuances. And it's the same one the magazine I work for owns, so I'm already familiar with it, and I can borrow the flash and telephoto lens if I need them.

Expect to see photos on my blog again often. And, now that I have a higher-megapixel camera, I hope to take some photos and frame them for my walls. No more empty, artless expanses of Dark Mustard.

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mindy said...

Love your furniture - looking good!

I hear the D70 is the queen of digital cameras. That was the one I was drooling over back when I bought ours, but it was over my budget at the time ;)

Congrats on the new camera!

1:44 PM  
halloweenlover said...


I have been dying to buy the Nikon D70 after seeing how fabulous so many of the pictures are on people's blogs. We bought a camera a year and a half ago, so I keep telling myself we can't do it, but I desperately want to. The other day our camera was malfunctioning and I found myself wishing it would go caput. Isn't that awful?

Congrats on the new toy! And the room looks AWESOME. I thought you had gone with the gold color and when I saw the swatches I thought to myself that the mustard was so pretty and I guess you thought so too! Looks fabulous!

2:55 PM  
Greg said...

Congrats on the new camera. I splurged this month on the LCD TV for the kitchen. I was a bit guilty at first, but I'm happy with it.

And the room looks great, too. The color is very nice and those fireplace tiles are really cool.

4:37 PM  
Jordana said...

The dark mustard looks lovely in the room. Great choice.

5:13 PM  
Chris said...

Oh I am jealous too!

halloweenlover, My husband accuses me of trying to sabatoge our digital camera. But really our camera is just one step above a toy. I really *need* one.

I may have to try the "empty walls need some of my art" trick ;-)
I love the way the painted room turned out. It is the perfect color.

6:12 PM  
Trissa said...

You'll be happy with the new camera. I got Nick a new digital camera for his birthday and we use it all the time. I opted for the Canon because we have a 35mm and we can interchange the lenses. We've been totally happy with it. Enjoy! The dark mustard looks great & it makes the rest of the room stand out!

6:37 PM  
Becky said...

You did buy it for us right. So we could oogle your house in all of it's glory. So there, it wasn't for you it was for us. We should feel guilty :)

11:08 PM  
Kristin said...

I like that, Becky. I'll try that one on Darwin. :)

Trissa, I have a 35mm Nikon, so it was an obvious step to buy the Nikon digital. I sort of wish I'd never asked about it, though, because I'm sure I would've been happy with the Canon. But noooo, I couldn't keep my big mouth shut.

Salespeople love me because it's so easy to talk me into things.

Thanks for the compliments on the room color, guys. I think I like it.

8:54 AM  
Beth said...

So jealous of your high ceilings and your new camera!

9:20 AM  
Joe Remodelo said...

I LOVE my D70. You will enjoy it so much. And the batteries last forever between charges.

Great choice, you won't be sorry.

12:57 PM  
Heather said...

D70s are the BEST! You will never regret buying it. I have had mine for about a year and take it everywhere! We have a 2gb card for it and even shooting on high res I get 1K in photos before needing to download. Next purchase you need is the 70-300mm lense (AWSOME) and a speedlight. Tell Darwin so he can splurge on you for Christmas!

3:32 PM  
Anonymous said...

Enjoy your new camera! I've heard they are nice.

I prefer the Canon Rebel. The kicker is that the crappy lens they try to sell to you with it isn't worth much. I'll be sticking with the brand because I've already invested money in very nice Canon lenses. :-)

– Texas T-bone

2:39 PM  

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