That’s pretty much how today panned out. It was really overcast this morning, then the sun came out, the BMX racing was dusty, and finally the heat followed, though nowhere near as bad as yesterday. I have some images of the BMX racing for you. We’ll talk after them.
BMX racing is so different to the cycling I normally I do. It’s faster, and somehow more exciting and exhilarating I love photographing it. I don’t know how I would feel if I had to do it all the time, but it’s fun to do from time to time. It would be good to go and take some photos every now and then, just to see what I could get.
None of the above images have been edited. They are straight from the camera which is not something I do very often, and I hope you’ll forgive me. The levels haven’t even been changed, but, once again, time is running out and I needed to get them done. It was a great day, not as hot as yesterday, and I met some lovely people, which is always great.
This morning I finally got out to take some photos with the Nikon 5100. I went over to Ivanhoe and took some photos of the Town Hall. A fantastic Art Deco building.
The camera handled itself really well. I was happy to see when I went to change the ISO that there was more of the normal ISO settings. The normal being 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400. I didn’t expect to find those, although you can find the same variations on my D300s. The above image had a ISO setting of 400.
Trying to change the settings at first was a bit tricky, but due to the guys in the class I teach having the D3100, I found it easy to change things. Again, it isn’t as easy as it is on the D300s, but the latter is a more expensive camera and aimed at a different level. I didn’t have any trouble changing things, and the display that comes up is great and covers nearly everything that you would want to change, which makes it easier as well, you can change everything in there. I hope that makes sense. It is like a display of all the settings where everything can be changed.
The camera is heavier than the Canon 600D and once the lens was put onto it, it was heavier again. I don’t mind that. I know people who use Canon say that is what they like about them, but I like to feel the weight, it makes me feel as though I am using something that is well built and durable. It also means that you don’t forget you have it.
A friend also pointed out that it gives your tripod more weight as well, which is not something I had thought of. When you are using your tripod having a heavier camera could be good, especially if it is windy.
Now having said that about it being heavier, it is nowhere near the weight of my D300s, so it is not overly weighty.
So far the Nikon D5100 gets two thumbs up from me. I wasn’t sure how it would perform against the 600D from Canon, but, so far, I think it is doing well.
There are so many comments from everyone, and this next week should be a little quieter, so I hope to be able to answer every one of them. Sorry it has taken me so long.