Capturing Precious Fall Moments with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1

To say that it’s been a busy few weeks would be an understatement. With winter quickly approaching, we’ve been trying to see and enjoy fall in the interior of British Columbia before the snow flies.

Now that we have our new Canon EOS Rebel SL1, we thought it would be a perfect chance to put this little DSLR camera through its paces.

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While falling in love with our new camera, we’ve visited a pumpkin patch and petting zoo with some friends and their kids, walked around the park by Okanagan Lake, hiked along Mission Creek, visited a few wineries and even just taken in the fall colors at our local playground.

There’s a lot to love about this camera, but our absolute favorite thing about it was how fast the shutter was compared to our favorite point and shoot camera. Even with our little ones on the move the images were always nice and crisp.

Little girl portrait with Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Jordan geared up for winter
Cole in the setting sun Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Cole in the setting sun

Since we’re always on the move, we like to keep our gear as light as possible. That said, we love how lightweight this camera is (not only is the Canon SL1 the smallest DSLR in the world, it’s also lighter than a water bottle). In the past we’ve had to trade off portability for quality. With the SL1 that’s no longer the case.

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We also love how much fun it is to play with some of the different shooting modes. It totally blows away our favorite point and shoot camera in features. The nice part is that it also does a great job on auto if we don’t have time to compose the shot properly. With kids, that’s a huge plus in our mind.

When we showed the camera to our friends they loved its size and asked more than once for a copy of a picture we just took. They couldn’t believe how clear the pictures were.

Boy feeding a little donkey at the petting zoo Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Cole getting up close at the petting zoo
Minion just hanging around at the pumpkin patchCanon EOS Rebel SL1
Minion just hanging around at the pumpkin patch

Cole (being the little gamer that he is) absolutely loved playing with the touch screen. He loved the touch shutter option so much that he decided to take all his photos just by tapping the touch screen.

We liked how all the camera settings were right there on the screen if we didn’t want to use the traditional buttons. Quickly being able to set the focal point of a shot (like on the Minion and not Jordan in the background) was a huge plus.

We also had a little fun playing with the macro mode, which lets you take fantastic closeups. We’re definitely looking forward to taking more shots of all the delicious meals we enjoy on our travels and the fact that this camera also has a dedicated food picture setting is going to mean a lot more food pictures on this blog in the future.

Pink rose in the sunlight Mission Hill winery Canon Rebel SL1
Using the macro to capture one of fall’s last roses
Sunlight through a leaf Kelowna fall Canon Rebel SL1
Holding up a leaf against the fading sun
A handful of nuts in the fall Canon Rebel SL1
Squirrel bounty!

Probably the nicest thing about getting this camera is that it’s helped cement why we’re currently in the Okanagan in the first place. No matter which way you turn you’re surrounded by lush countryside, lakes, mountains, vineyards, orchards and beaches.

Canada in the fall is always a gorgeous country to be in, but we’re happy that we’re right here, right now in beautiful British Columbia.

Being able to photograph it in all its glory is just icing on the cake. 🙂

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Mission Creek Kelowna bridge family
Hanging out at Mission Creek

For any of you who were wondering, all of the photos in the post were completely unedited (other than being resized to fit this page and cropped a bit), so the colors and clarity are exactly what you’ll see straight out of the camera. You can find out more about the Rebel SL1’s features here at Canon’s site.

Disclosure: Canon Canada supplied us with a Rebel SL1 and lenses for our personal use. As usual, all opinions are completely our own.

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In the mood for some more fall photos? Check out the gallery below.