Since receiving the camera I have been stuck indoors with below freezing weather. I have been reading the manual and playing around with the settings and was getting anxious to try the camera. Fortunately I had an upcoming trip to Arizona that would allow me a half-a-day to go to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
At the canyon I was with a large group riding the Shuttle bus service on Hermit Road. I only had a few minutes to compose my shots before our group moved to the next area. Because of the time constraints for my first journey, I concentrated mainly on composing my shots in program mode. For my next journey, I hope to play around with aperture and work on depth of field.
It was a great first outing and the Grand Canyon is an amazing subject to shoot. I only wished I had more time. I also learned that on my camera my hands keep bumping the exposure button as I had a dozen or so shots where the exposure was set to a negative number. Thankfully, I decided to shoot in raw (my first time shooting in raw) so it was easy to fix the exposure in post editing. If you have not shot in raw I highly recommend it. It does make the file sizes much larger but it is worth it for the extra flexibility in non-destructive post editing options.