Woohoo! I’m ecstatic. I purchased a new camera–a Canon Rebel with a retractable lens. I had a digital Canon point and shoot, which is great but left little in the way of creativity. Since, I’m a die hard fan of Canon, I stuck with what I like. It’s never failed me with great pictures and video.
My old manual 35 mm, which requires film, (film what’s that?!) still takes the most beautiful pictures. But I’m buried deep in the digital age, so I love the quickness and spontaneity that comes with being able to create in seconds.
With my new toy, I headed to the beautiful Watchung Reservation, one of 36 parks and the largest in the county where I live. Known for its hiking trails and scenic routes, this is a popular place among Jerseyans, particularly in the central part of the state. I’m shooting with a 18-55 mm lens. I can’t wait to get my new 75-300 mm zoom (It’s arriving any day now!). There are far more powerful telephoto zoom lenses out there. But for my shooting purposes, it suits me.
This place always inspires me. Along with my storyboards, I keep my pictures handy for reference. In one of my WIPs, my heroine, after being kidnapped, has to survive in the woods with her son. Visiting the reservation and then posting the pictures helps put me in my heroine’s shoes.
If you’re ever in New Jersey, The Watchung Reservation view is one of the best in the state, especially in the summer.