Now we’ve had several days of thaw. It did not even freeze at night. Both night and day strong winds blew. I have cut 7 fallen trees off the road. A lot of the snow has gone. I hate thaws in winter. They are dreary and a mess.
It is not a real fancy one. It is a Canon SX50 and costs about $300 now. A few years ago I had a Canon SX20 and liked it a lot. It had 20 x optical zoom. (Digital zoom is not a lot of use.) That camera drowned in the flood of 2010. I was delighted to find the SX30. But that was a horrible camera. It was extremely slow to focus and was the pits for close-ups. I need close-ups for flowers. So last fall I hunted for a camera and at first ignored the new SX50. But when I started looking at it I realized it was a much better camera than the SX30. It does reasonable close-ups as well as having a good zoom (it goes to 100 x digital!), and focusses fairly quickly. Even though the digitally-zoomed pictures are blurry, they are a great tool for bird identification.
I rarely use automatic exposure, particularly for birds, as this would give you a dark silhouette against a sky or snow. So I keep the thing on manual. Otherwise I don’t use a lot of complicated features. I quite often, however, crop and juggle the image on the computer.
Most of the pictures are not professional quality, but they are good enough for what I need, and composition is what is important to strike a mood. You can have a photo that is technically fabulous but if the artist does not have a good eye for composition, the picture will have no feeling.
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