Until now I have been taking all of my pictures for work (this blog) and chronicling my family’s lives through the tiny lens of an iPhone, which actually takes some pretty great pictures and thanks to apps like Instagram it can certainly get the job done. However, after I announced our big move to Costa Rica I knew I needed a “real” camera, a camera that was going to capture our epic family adventure in a much more professional way.
My work is my life and my life is my work – therefore a good camera is not only a desire but a necessity, one that was long overdue. So, imagine how stoked I was when Canon asked me to create, capture and share an experience with the new Canon EOS Rebel SL1. It could not have come at a better time.
Create, Capture and Share
We have been in Costa Rica for a little over a month and we’ve been busy exploring the beaches, finding a place to live and going on mini adventures. When traveling the key to remember is to travel light, whether it’s just a day trip, weekend getaway or an international extended stay. A large camera can certainly weigh you down, and to be honest is actually one of the reasons why I have held off in buying one. Which is why I am so impressed with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, not only is it an exceptional camera but one of the key features is that it is the lightest SLR camera on the market. Which makes wearing it around your neck or carrying it in your large tote bag or backpack for the day a whole lot easier.
One of our latest adventures in Costa Rica took us out on the Marlin Del Rey snorkel and sunset tour. For the most part I kept the camera on the manual setting and just got used to holding the camera and looking through the lens. Clearly this is not an underwater camera so this camera stayed above the water and I focused on the beautiful sunset. During our voyage we were also lucky enough to see some whales! Zooming in on these guys was exciting and so easy to do, although I had to be fast because they were not up on the waters surface for very long.
The sunsets in Costa Rica are magical. Every night the sky looks completely different then the night before. We really lucked out when we were on this sunset tour because the colors were vibrant and the sky looked like it was on fire. I was literally standing and trying to balance on top of the boat to get these shots.
Coming into the shore that night the sun was casting a variety of different colors on the shoreline and surf town of Tamarindo. Its hard to believe that the same camera took these two pictures. I was playing around with the landscape setting here. The first one almost looks like a water color or pastel painting and the other one looks more like a true photograph. I like them both for different reasons.
Long Distance Shots
I think we can agree that an iPhone would never capture these shots of the howler monkeys in the trees quite like this. This family of monkeys were outside of our house and making all kinds of noise. They were moving the trees so much that coconuts were falling down so we had to be careful not to get knocked in the head by a coconut.
Kids and Action Shots
I also played around with the kids/pets setting. Which if you are trying to capture any movement or exciting activity this will be your go to setting. This is a three piece shot of my kids jumping in their new pool. I absolutely love these pictures, it really captures the moment of 1…2…3…Jump!
My kids found this old swing on the beach near a restaurant where we were eating and so as they swung I quickly put it on the action mode to try to get a shot of them in motion and telling them to smile at the same time, it was no easy task;)
This is another favorite picture of mine because it makes you feel like you are right on the edge with my kids.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 GIVEAWAY!
So. Are you a Mom, a blogger, a world traveler or photography newbie!? Then I think the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for you and here is your chance to WIN one!
Enter through the Rafflecopter form below!
This giveaway ends on August 29th at 11:59pm PST
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was given a camera for my review. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my very own.