christmas came early!

WARNING: Long post filled with camera talk and a few run-on sentences.  Feel free to skip down to photographs or skip this post in it's entirety.

I finally graduated past my point and shoot to a Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens {opened my Christmas gift that I've been coveting for a few years now early!}.  I have absolutely no idea how to use it just yet, but plan to very soon.  I've taken the last 24 hours to mess around with the camera without reading any manuals to get myself familiar with some of the settings.  Now comes the part where I need to be patient and study, study, study until I can understand how to use it.  If you have that one thing you must know about a Nikon D90 tip and feel like sharing, I would be thrilled.  

*Also, I have to say that the Canon PowerShot is an incredible camera and I would highly recommend it to anyone.  It's the camera that I've used up until this point.  The only problems I've had with it: 1. Sometimes it takes horrible night photographs, typically blurry and 2. Not great for even the slightest movement.  Otherwise, this camera is ideal for everyday activities and especially micro shots.

In other news, we chopped down our Christmas Tree yesterday at our favorite place, Smolak Farms with this lovely lady and her husband.
 {the farm}
 {did 99% of the work while I warmed up several times in the car}
 {but managed to take this photograph so it looks like I was a big help...weeds to the right: our nightmare later when hidden all over tree}
{everyone loves Santa on a tractor?!}
and finally...the tree ready for decorating!
{please pay no attention to our disgusting radiator and windows}

I'm so thankful and excited about the camera...and I hope to not post too many underwhelming photographs in the near future! Hope everyone had a nice thanksgiving and a fabulous weekend! 

Did anyone else get a tree?  Or begin decorating?

40 comments:

  1. That is a pretty Christmas tree picture.
    LOOOVE the rug beneath it.
    I think I´m starting my decorations next week.
    Lovely greetings...

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  2. Lucky! I have been wanting a nice camera for a long time!

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  3. I bet your home smells heavenly!! Love a fresh cut tree. Hubby out in garage right now pulling down boxes from attic, Yikes!!! Not a pretty site. I did buy fresh garland and a wreath for the porch yesterday!! All the pine smelled wonderful at Lowes, have fun decorating,Kathysue

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  4. yayyyyyyyyyyyyy! Chris is so photogenic.

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  5. Your tree looks great! We took the easy way out and bought one already cut! It's up and decorated and making me ridiculously happy :)

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  6. We've got a D40 and LOVE it, although we're really excited to upgrade it one of these days.

    Enjoy your lovely new Nikon!

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  7. We just picked up our tree - hopefully we will actually get some decorating done today. Can't wait to see the photos you take with your new camera!

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  8. i absolutely loveee your pictures. I use one from Maine as the background of my computer. Please post more, they are wonderful!

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  9. love the pics....we decorated this weekend too! So nice to have it up and we can enjoy it all month!

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  10. So fun to have a new camera! we always get our tree the day after thanksgiving and decorate the house.

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  11. We're getting our tree on the 3rd of December. I can't wait! Congrats on your new camera!

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  12. I love your windows. We decorated although I didn't put up a big tree this year. I opted for a tabletop tree.

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  13. How exciting! I desperately need a new camera! Mine is so old that I take all of the pictures for my blog with my iPhone! Terrible, I know. I'm SO jealous!

    Cara
    www.anurbancottageblog.blogspot.com

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  14. You tree looks beautiful and I'm so happy for you that you have a new camera! I would love to hear more about your camera and how you like it in the future! Did you save your old camera? It might even be interesting to see comparison photos from each camera. I am thinking of getting a new one and I would love some advice.

    Thank you!

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  15. Those pictures are gorgeous! LOL love the tractor Santa!! :)

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  16. You will have to let us all know how your like your new camera! Your tree pix are great. Love Santa on the tractor!

    xo,
    cristin

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  17. I just would like to take a moment to say that I appreciated that your wrapped presents matched your sofa pillows. Nice touch! :)

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  18. That farm looks so beautiful, and so does your home! That lighting looks so warm and inviting. Love it and can't wait to see more pictures!

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  19. My Christmas hype has just been escalated by your tree!

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  20. We put up our tree this weekend, too! Your journey with the tree looks like such fun! Ours was as well; it was veryyyy cold and the trees were covered in snow but we jumped right on it to make sure we found the perfect one! Such fun!

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  21. The tree looks great already, and I am sooo jealous of your new camera!

    I did put out a few decorations, but we're going to wait a bit before buying our tree (we're going on vacation, and I would hate to leave it unattended).

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  22. aaaw so pretty, and I love your windows! Look like you had a great time

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  23. Pretty! Love all the stripes in your living room. Smolak Farms looks totally charming. Wonder if they are near me?!

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  24. I bet your home smells wonderful!!! We are still trying to decide real or prelit faux this year...my kids are definitely leaning toward real!!!

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  25. Great tree! I would love to live somwhere where I could chop down my own tree. Instead I stood about an hour in line yesterday at Home Depot! Looks fabulous!

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  26. Nice photos!! I love the last image.... pretty tree and decor.

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  27. The tree looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see more of your pretty pictures :)

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  28. All the images are lovely, giving a real feeling of Christmas! I want a new camera too!

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  29. Your photos are great! I'm currently debating a camera purchase and think I need to go for it!

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  30. How fun that Santa came early!!!! Your pictures are always amazing so I can't even imagine they will be better!

    Love the pics of you getting your tree!
    Merry merry!!!!

    xo Elizabeth

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  31. love your tree! I am sure you will love the new camera. We love our Nikon's!

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  32. Holidays are coming!Such a lovely and lots of creativeness about the decorations! Outstanding pieces as well, Photographs are Amazing...its Outstanding Shots indeed.

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  33. Ooh. What gorgeous photos. How did you get that blue effect in your room? Wishing you many happy moments to capture!

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  34. Jealous of both your new camera and the fact that you have your tree up already! Gorgeous photos!

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  35. Oh fun! You guys look like you had a blast. Although..how fun would it be to get to dress up as Santa and ride around on a tractor! Hello!

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  36. New camera, yeppy! We just bought a new camera and I think I'll need a master degree to figure out all it's functions. Thank goodness it has an automatic setting. Have fun figuring it all out and have a happy Monday too.

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  37. So jealous of your camera! LOVE it. Ok, those pillows on your chairs are GREAT.

    Oh and the DIY sparkle ornaments are so pretty! I hope to get our tree tomorrow night! and soon a DIY wreath if I can make my mind up! :)

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  38. oh my goodness. where did you get that amazing rug?? please share!

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  39. I don't know how far you've come with getting to know your camera, but I bet you've taken lots and lots of pictures! One thing I would definitely purchase is either a book about the D90 (there are plenty around - just look on amazon and read the customer ratings) or a general book about digital photography. I don't have a specific one for my Nikon but it really helped me to read a general guide for SLRs. Hope that helps. Enjoy your camera!

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