Many years ago I decided I would love to have a go at taking some serious photographs. So I went out and bought an SLR (which I still have by the way) and starting taking some shots. But I quickly realised that about 95% of my photos were rubbish and that photography wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped. Given the high cost of photo processing at the time, my new-found hobby soon died on the vine. A little sad, I moved on.

A few years ago we needed a new (family) camera and, recalling my earlier exuberance, I thought about buying a digital SLR. But they were a little out of my price range and I just couldn’t justify the cost. I settled for something less and, once again, I moved on.

Just over a month ago I promised my son that I would take some photos of him playing rugby, and decided to take some photos of my daughters horse riding lesson on the same day. The results were poor; our digital camera just couldn’t focus or perform fast enough under the circumstances. It was disappointing and once again I started to feel the lure of the DLSR.

So I bit the bullet and bought an entry level DSLR- a Canon EOS 100D.

Now the truth is that I really don’t know much about photography, but I’d like to learn. And with a DLSR I can finally afford to take chances, discard the (many) failures and appreciate the (few, but hopefully increasing) successes. I’ve already realised that the action shots will take some practice – especially when the horse riding lessons are in a dark and dusty barn.

Here’s a picture I took on my first day with my new toy. It’s a picture of our dog Daisy, taken in fairly low light conditions, in our living room, late at night.

First the raw photo (reduced in size by 75% to make the file size reasonable):

Daisy Duke

Original (raw) photograph of Daisy

And then a version where I used one of the camera’s built-in filters to jazz it up a little (also reduced by 75%):

Daisy Duke

Filtered photo of Daisy

It’s early days, but I’m quite pleased with the result.