my new toy

First of all, I hope you and yours had a very merry Christmas! I sure did. I am blessed to be spending time with my loving family, celebrating the greatest gift of all, Jesus. That's the important stuff, but this year (more than any other in my memory), I am really excited about one of the material gifts that was under the tree for me this year. I felt like Ralphie with his Red Ryder BB Gun when I opened up my brand new Canon Rebel t3i/600D. It's my first DSLR camera, and it is beautiful and wonderful. I have  a lot of learning to do, so I've only just begun to explore the possibilities of what I can do with it. At the moment, though, I'm having fun playing with bokeh--that dreamy effect that happens when points of light are out of focus. 

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I'm looking forward to learning, practicing, and improving my skills, so stay tuned to watch my progress. :)