Monday, August 31, 2009


Dang...  The first shipments of the Nikon D3000 shipped to stores August 28th and left the warehouses for costumers that day... but I wasn't one of those people...  I've been back-ordered (which means I won't get it for a while more...)  Typically it takes 3-5 days for a store to get another shipment, so I'm expecting my camera to come in probably sometime in the second week of September... unfortunately.

Once I do get the camera and become somewhat familiar with it, I'm hoping to jump into infrared (IR) photography and some pin-hole photography. I have no idea if my camera can handle IR photography as is, but I really hope it can.  If it can't... o well I guess.  I can't afford to drop another grand on a lens or camera just for IR shots.

Once I do get my camera though, my first shots will probably be landscape shots.  Already have a mental list of places I want to shoot locally:
1) Sculpture Garden
2) Loring Park - Did you guys hear?  There's a 10 story parking ramp coming in with a 10-story mural painting.
3) Hidden Beach
4) Stela's Fish Cafe
5) Beth El
6) SLP Water Tower

Yeah, the first few are pretty similar to Anna's, but they're pretty popular sites too.  Yeah... sorry I don't have any awesome photos to share with you guys yet.  But here's one I took from the Walker Art Center Balcony:

Hopefully I'll have my camera and another post (with photo hai-lights!!) in a week or so.

EDIT:  So today I recieved an E-mail saying I should expect my camera sometime around September 14th.  So I spend the morning searching for online orders with in-store pick ups.  Couldn't find any good options.  So I checked and found Circuit City (CC) has 15% cashback on today.  When the DSLR is $600, that's quite a bit of money cashback.  Anyways, I called them and they said they are out of stock at the moment, but are expecting a newshipment sometime next week. So I placed an order and called to cancel my J&R order.  To my surprise, they said they just received a new shipment and will be shipping out my order tomorrow and that I can expect it in 3 business days.  The thing is, CC would still be $30 cheaper, but I'm so sick of waiting on back-orders and CC couldn't garuntee me a shipping date.  I would need this camera for sure before I leave for college for a photography class too.  So I kept the J&R order, accepted I will not be saving an additional $30, and called CC to cancel my newly placed order.  Hmmm... $30 is quite a bit though... questionable decision now that I think about it...

Monday, August 24, 2009

You've Got Mail

So my first piece of equipment came in the mail today! This is what I got:

I bought it off e-bay for $556. So I didn't save a whole lot of money, but I guess that also means photography stuff holds its value incredibly well so long as you keep everything in good condition. After a brief inspection, from what I know about lenses (which isn't much) I think its in perfect condition and everything. Anyways, the Camera itself (Nikon D3000) is released to stores August 28th, so I'm expecting it by September 4th. I bought it off J&R usuing, so I should be getting 10% back and another 1% for using a rewards credit-card.

As for my 50mm lens, it was shipped out today and I am expecting it in about a week. So no later than the 31st of this month! All in all, I should have all my starting photographer gear sometime in the first week of September right before I get back to school on September 11th.

On a side note ... (Though I'm pretty sure Zach is the only person reading this blog thus far) ... you should become a "follower" of my blog. You can do so with a click of a button on the right hand side. Once I start posting pictures, I plan to have short commentary on the blog itself, and then a more in-depth one as a comment post on the photo. Or maybe I'll just keep it all in the comments of the photos. We'll see. I want to keep this more professional so once my photos start (which probably won't be for a few more weeks) I will minimize commentary not relevant to the photo. This means you should still keep in touch with me on facebook or something!

And one last thing. My poll-question wasn't exactly what I wanted, so I changed the options. Its just for fun, but you need to vote for it to be interesting! So re-vote! But thanks for choosing "Hai Ngo" earlier :)

In Motion

Everything seems to be falling into place. I just bought my two lenses and camera. All of which I should probably receive by Sept 4th. I've also read a few books on Digital Photography/DSLRs for Dummies. Start school again on the 11th. As long as I don't mess up and not go to class, everything is looking good!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Testing. First Post.

Hey, so trying this blogspot thing out. This is what I'm planning to use for my photo blog. We'll see what happens. Credit to Zach, Mrs. Norris, and Joey for helping me with the URL/Name.

For now, you can hit me up on facebook:

Edit: So I'm getting my camera sometime early september. We'll see how it does from there. Just to clarify, this photo-blog probably won't actually start up until at least a couple weeks after.