The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding, but you forget, you are just looking so much – Annie Leibovitz.
Photography is not only a huge part of what we do here at Stomach For Adventure, but a passion of mine that I have cultivated over the last 10 years.
I can’t imagine going anywhere without my camera slung around my neck. It is always the first thing I think to grab as we are heading off on an adventure. My mind is always composing different images as we drive down the road and often times Dilly has to quickly pull off the road so I can jump out of the van and snap a few shots. More often than not, I also make her the subject in the photo…she happens to be extremely photogenic which makes my job ever so easy!
Just before we left to come back to Canada for a few months I was stunned to realize that my Canon EOS Rebel T5 was nowhere to be found. My Dad and step-mom had just left from a 2 week visit with us in Spain and the only thing I could think was that I had left it in their rental car that was already booked back into the airport. I was sick with the overwhelming feeling of stupidity (on my part) and sadness. I don’t care much for material possessions at all, but my camera, my camera is a part of me. It is something that I hold so dearly because it allows me to express myself. It is my outlet and my way of sharing art. Needless to say after I realized it was long gone, I was already sussing out prices to buy another one.
I could have gone for a different camera but I love the Rebel T5. I have never felt so comfortable with a camera than I do with this one.
I have 3 lenses for the T5: a 50mm 1.8, a 75-300mm zoom lens, and an EF-S 18-55 IS II.
Although my 50mm lens isn’t great for landscape photography (fixed focal length) it is my absolute favourite when it comes to shooting portraits. It produces such stunning, clean and crisp images. I would say that this is my go-to lens. It’s small and compact and great for travel. You don’t have to worry about a huge lens hanging off your camera while you’re wandering about new places. This lens is also probably the best lens for your buck. It is reasonably priced which makes it a great and not cringe worthy purchase if you’re starting to grow your lens collection.
The 18-55 is awesome for when I want something with a bit more range. The 18-55mm lens is general purpose. It’s great for groups of people, individual portraits, landscape, plants, buildings, general travel etc. I will say that the 18-55mm lens is a relatively “slow” lens which means is has a slightly narrow aperture. Because it only lets in a small amount of light, I don’t recommend this lens for stoping action shots in low light. Creating a strong background blur is not a strong suit of this lens, unlike the fantastic background blur you get with the nifty fifty.
The T5 might not be a top of the line camera but it is one that I absolutely love. Never have I said, “man, I wish I didn’t spend $500 plus dollars on this thing” The camera is just as capable as producing stunning photos as a more professional kit can do. If you’re thinking of buying a camera for your next adventure I would highly recommend this one. You won’t regret it!
With good techniques and lenses you can go far with this camera and I can’t wait to continue sharing the images I capture with it.