JC Raulston Arboretum

We visited the JC Raulston Arboretum last weekend, and it was so beautiful! I’d never been before, even though it’s part of NC State where I went to college—doh! I’m glad I finally checked it out.

I got a new camera this past Christmas (a Fujifilm X100T). I needed one that could focus much faster than my Canon 5D Mark II. Most of the photos I took of wiggly baby Fern in her first year of life were blurry, and I was so frustrated with photography overall. It turned out my favorite 50mm lens had died, and for months I didn’t realize that was why my Mark II wasn’t focusing properly. Even with a different lens though, that big honker of a camera was not cutting it for baby pics.

I’m loving my X100T. Most of my Fern pics come out clear even when she’s in full wiggle mode. I’m still getting the feel for it, but the arboretum was a great place to get in some practice. The X100T offers manual settings without being overwhelming, and I can still get some of that sweet sweet background blur. Not to mention it’s teensy compared to the Mark II.

What camera are you using these days?

JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum

4 comments

  1. Sydney

    I switched from a DSLR when my son was born to a Sony nex camera – it’s closer in size to a point-and-shoot, but processes photos like a DSLR would, and has the ability to change out lenses. My old Nikon D200 had the same problem your old camera was having with focusing speed, and was just too heavy to be toting around on park playdates and family vacations. So far your new camera looks like it’s doing great!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      It’s good to know I’m not the only one who ran into this problem. The Sony nex looks like a great option!

  2. Janna

    Hi Amanda! This is unrelated to this blog post- but Alex and I are traveling to Europe in September and are thinking of stopping in Switzerland. I remember you having really beautiful pictures from a trip to Switzerland a few years back. Where did you guys go/did you like the hotel/other lodging you stayed in? Thanks for your help!

    Janna

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Awesome! Mürren was our favorite—super tiny, quaint town with no cars and surrounded by mountains. It’s out of the way to get to, but the views were amazing. We wished we had stayed there longer to do more hiking. https://witandwhistle.com/2014/06/24/murren-switzerland/ Daniel planned most of that trip, so he could give you more details about everything we did while we were there. Shoot him a FB message! :)

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