I’ve always wanted to do some ‘real photography’.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my point and click digital camera (even though it’s a battery hog).  But I wanted to take professional quality photos.

Today, my mom helped me take a huge leap forward towards that goal.

Enter the Nikon D40:

This is, by far, the nicest camera I have ever owned.

She gave it to me early so I can use it at family gatherings over the holiday.  As a side note, I’m not feeling very well at all, but I am totally willing to run this camera through its paces over the next couple of days.

Mom said she wanted to ‘blow me away’ with a present and she succeeded!