The photo's I take can be broken down into two general types of shots. Ones I just run into by chance, and those I imagine to some degree ahead of time in my head and then go out to a particular place at a particular time and wait for the right lighting to capture them. The shots that fall into the latter category are some of my favorite subjects to photograph, and I have been using my D300 since 2008 to capture almost all of them. It has served me as faithfully and superbly as each of the other 3 Nikon camera's I have owned before it.
But Nikon upgraded the D300 to an improved version a year or so ago, and while most of the improvements were not strong enough to make me go through the time and expense of upgrading, one feature was. The improved response time of the "Live View" mode in the D300s is of great value to me. My older model D300 is so slow in getting the image I'm looking at to appear on my LCD screen that I can only use it to view subjects that aren't moving, or at least are moving but only in one spot. The new D300s model's live view is almost instantaneous.
So this month I finally traded my grand old camera in for the new improved model. Now when I can't get my eye up to the viewfinder I can use the live view feature for almost all of these truly live view circumstances. But before I said goodbye to my faithful first DSLR, I did give it one more of those pre-planned subjects to shoot that I enjoy capturing so much, and as always it performed this task superbly.
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