Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)



In case you can’t tell from the massive amounts of photos I post, I am in love with photography! I am by no means an expert but I strive everyday to learn more and develop my own style. Pretty much every day I can be found reading one photography book or another, scouring the web for photo sites and blogs for inspiration and advice, watching YouTube videos to learn new (and I’ll admit, even basic) techniques, and most importantly, fiddling around with my camera (read: snapping lots of photos) in an attempt to figure out all its bells and whistles.

I am far from where I want to be and still have so much to learn, but I have to say that so far it’s been a blast developing this hobby of mine and I am sure it will remain so for a long time to come.

I’ve noticed that I am posting more and more photos on this blog and sometimes the photos out number the words. I think this is generally fine, but at some point I may focus my photography energy on a dedicated photo blog–which I’ve already established but have yet to post to.

**UPDATE! My photoblog is up and running! Please check it out: Pixels from Afar.

What I use:

Other odds and ends:

  • Hoya UV filters for each lens
  • 3 Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion battery packs
  • Nikon lens hoods for each lens
  • Photoshop CS5 (I should have started with Elements or Lightroom! This program is a behemoth!)

My wish-list:

  • A nice, light, carbon-fiber tripod (though I know I will settle for something less expensive!)
  • A battery grip (now that I have 3 batteries, it makes sense to invest in one of these)
  • Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash
  • Tokina 11-16mm Ultra-wide angle lens (or another ultra-wide angle)
  • 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Nikkor (or another macro lens)

I’d love to hear from other photog-buffs out there! Anything I should add/remove from my wish list? Any recommendations for useful websites or books? Should I separate photography specific posts from my general “Bulgaria” posts at some point through a dedicated photo blog? Have some great photos you want to share?

Comment and let me know!


6 thoughts on “Photography

  1. Is this list (of what you use) up to date?

    • Yes it is. I am upgrading my camera soon, but as of right now everything is current!

      • Ah, okay. Not sure what you are upgrading to but I loved the D7000 when I had it. It’s a major step up from the D90. I, personally wouldn’t go with a battery grip – it just makes the body so much heavier. Then, regarding a macro lens – I did a lot of research into this: with the 40mm one has to get way too close to the subject, and end up blocking out too much light. The Nikon 85mm’s build quality isn’t great either… So, I found a Tokina 100mm f/2.8 that is cheaper than the Nikons and built better… From what I hear, the Tokina 11-16mm is also excellent.

        (And I worked for Nikon for a while, so know all their lenses pretty well!) I hope this helps.

      • Wow! Thanks for the tips! I am considering getting the D7100 that was just annouced. I was going to go with a full format, but I think I need to learn a lot more before upgrading to such a “big kid” camera!

      • Yep, the D7100 is quite a bit more expensive than the D7000 but does look good. One suggestion – don’t buy it as soon as it launches – Nikon cameras are notorious for having bugs when they forst hit the shelves. You need at least four months for them to iron out all the problems – and then if you buy from one of the later shipments the camera should be perfect. Full frame cameras are really not worth the extra money – especially as you already have the 18-200 VR, which is made for DX.

      • Thanks so much for the advice! I really appreciate it. Just took a peek at your blog and you are a wonderful photographer! You’ve got a new follower!

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