The Biggest Surprise Was The Camera

I have linked the image to the media file, so if you click on it you will be able to see the photograph at a larger size.

I have the original NEF (Nikon’s proprietary RAW file) on my computer, and the I just made this JPEG for the screen. I have made JPEGs from this file before. Today I clicked on the info button to see when I photographed the ram, and with what camera.

I remember the occasion, where I was standing, where the field was, and what we (Tamara and I) were doing, but not the date.

In fact, taking photographs anchors me to events in the past, without which the events would be less distinct.

There is information locked into digital files. I looked at the information and see that I shot this photograph on 1st November 2008 at two minutes past three in the afternoon.

The focal length of the lens was 60mm, so I think I must therefore have been using the kit lens. The kit lens is 18-55mm, and in full-frame terms that is 27-82.5mm.

And I shot at 1/60th second at f2.8.

The biggest surprise, though was the camera, a Nikon D60.

The Nikon D60 is a 10.2-megapixel Nikon F-mount digital single-lens reflex camera announced in January 2008. The D60 succeeds the entry-level Nikon D40x. It features the Nikon EXPEED image processor introduced in the higher-end Nikon D3 and D300.

What a fine little camera that was, and I guess I traded it in or sold it on eBay when I moved on to the Nikon D200.


  1. JenT says:

    Lovely to see a new post today. Hope you’re both doing well.


    1. Thank you, Jen, much appreciated. We are doing OK.

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    2. Tamara says:

      Thanks, Jen, that’s kind of you to remark so. We hope you are doing well too.

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  2. Tamara says:

    I don’t recall where we were when you photographed this, David, but I think that’s not surprising considering what avid sheep fans we are, eh??

    Speaking of which, the “guy” you captured here is mighty good-looking! Such an impressive build and fleece… 🤩🐑


    1. It was in the small field just to the side of the Bronte Parsonage with the bookshop. So the car park would be behind me in the photograph, and off to the left is the graveyard and the alleyway sloping down to meet the Main Street. Does that ring a bell now?


      1. Tamara says:

        Ah, yes, very Bronte-ish field “on the moors” and cold, as I recall. Or am I remembering this from their classics, hmm… Thanks, I recall we enjoyed the parsonage display a lot too.


    2. JenT says:

      Do either of you know which breed he is? I’m guessing Romney, but I’m no expert, just a yarn collector. 🙂


      1. Sorry it’s taken so long to answer!. Romney is from the South of England, where the sheep are broader across the beam (pudgier) with short faces. My guess is that this ram is a cross. It has a look of a Texel in its face, but also the hump on the nose, so a Texel crossed with something – maybe a mule, such as a Leicester crossed with a hill sheep such as a Swaledale, which would give it that long coat.


        1. JenT says:

          No need to apologize. Life!

          Thanks for the sheep ID. I think I’ll stick to yarn. 😀


        2. I should have said, Tamara and I have spent hours looking at sheep in the fields, and we have been to sheep fairs, sheep markets, and we have a book or two about sheep breeds. And I could be way off with the sheep identification. 🙂

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        3. What do you do with the yarn?


        4. JenT says:

          Mostly collect it, sometimes I knit it up.

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        5. Tamara says:

          “Respect!” for the thoroughness of your answer here to Jen, David, you sound like a real expert! 🤩🐑

          Liked by 1 person

        6. But you know different! 🙂

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