I can pee like a dog!

Honestly, I have no idea what the hell he thought he was doing when he started hopping on one leg for me. None the less, I got the photo and that’s all that really matters, right? This is another taken with my Panny p & s. I reluctantly tried out my new Canon T2i at a pal’s place last night with expected results — hopelessly crappy shots. I’m not worried about it since without reading the manual that’s about all I can expect. Once I get the controls figured out I’ll be fine. One thing that’s going to be difficult to get used to is not being able to evaluate the shot before taking it. When I look through the viewfinder I have no idea if the shot’s going to come out properly exposed. With the LCD display on the point & shoot that was never a problem. Most of my shots last night came out way over exposed. Not sure why. Again, not worried about it. Not that I want to, but I can’t even show a sample because when I plug the camera into my computer nothing happens. I try to get my software to speak to the camera without success. Again, totally expected since I have not read the manual. For me, the lesson is simple: “Playing” around with a complicated piece of technology prior to learning how to use it is a monumental waste of time and hugely frustrating, especially when you know better. Of course your mileage may vary. 🙂 Happy Saturday!

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14 Responses to I can pee like a dog!

  1. y says:

    honey, i love this shot!! he looks like he’s saying, “what are you looking at?” and i can’t believe the t2i is out now – that means my t1i is officially old (smile). i didn’t read the manual, either, but just kept going, until i was really stuck. some quick things: whether you’re using a mac or a pc, you don’t really need the software. the iso and exposure settings are easy to find to stop over-exposure. just look at the setting screen and play around. i’m so happy for you – congratulations on your new baby!

    • davecandoit says:

      Thanks Y. Yeah, I did find that if I dialled back the exposure by a stop I’d get better results, but I find it somewhat perplexing that in aperture mode the camera would not set the shutter speed to the correct number so that the exposure would not have to be adjusted. A faster shutter would have eliminated the need to adjust the exposure setting. But again, once I get through the manual and the book I’ve got coming I’m sure I’ll work it out.

      • y says:

        you can also download the manual onto your mobile device so that you have it with you everywhere you go. hmm…you might make the same argument with the hardcopy, paper version (sheepish smile).

  2. milkayphoto says:

    Didn’t we already know that about you? Oh, WAIT, you MEANT the goose! 🙂 You’ll get the hang of your new toy eventually. Practice makes perfect. One thing I have found with DSLRs – the ‘brightness’ of the LCD screen isn’t always set correctly. So, test that and adjust the brightness accordingly. On my Nikons, I have to have -2 Brightness to accurately display what I am shooting. I also find, with certain lenses, I HAVE to minus my exposure or else get overexposed images. All part of the learning curve!

    • davecandoit says:

      Thanks Tracy, I never thought about the LCD brightness. And I am indeed using a third-party, fast lens. Maybe that’s part of the problem. I’ll figure it out eventually.

      As for peeing like a dog, I’ve got so many come-backs going through my mind right now (both appropriate for family viewing and entirely inappropriate) that I think my brain just locked up. 🙂 Yikes!

      • milkayphoto says:

        LOL! Too funny.

        Hey, just wanted to comment on the blogroll thing ‘cuz I’m not sure you saw my response to your comment. You’ve always been list but for some reason I had you under “Big Green Door (the lazy photographer)”. I finally noticed that on Saturday and was like, “WTF?” so I changed it. Soooo, no worries! You’ve really been there the whole time!!! 🙂

  3. kseverny says:

    lol. you have a cool sense of humour

  4. Jan Smith says:

    I love geece! so funny!

  5. Jan Smith says:

    Ha Ha….I mispelled Geese. 🙂

  6. lynnwiles says:

    Fabulous title and shot, maybe it has a shin split. Feel free to write if you have Canon questions.

    • davecandoit says:

      Thanks Lynn. I might take you up on your offer. I’ve got a book on order that should really help me out. It’s based on last year’s T1i, but the difference between the two cameras is slight. I’m sure that by the next issue of National Geographic one of my latest T2i shots will be on the cover. 🙂

  7. davecandoit says:

    Thanks Tracy. I replied to that post on your blog.

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