Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reader, I purchased it.

The folks at the camera shop assured me that it would probably cost as much to fix the old one as to buy this, and I believed them. Very willingly.

So here are the first efforts and impressions. Yes, it really is better, though whether that will show up in Blogger I don't know. It is light as a whipped soufflé, thanks to super-dooper new battery technology. It's remarkable how things move along in three years. It has a whole array of fancy settings, some of them really quite funny, like a special Baby one, where you can log the info like Baby's age etc, and you get a toned down flash and fluffed up skin tones, and then you get a Baby 2 setting in case you have another one, then just so the child-free dog-lovers like me don't feel left out there's a similar mode for pets! There's also a 'pinhole camera' effect which looks fun...

The first thing I was very anxious to get sorted out was to find the place in the menu to turn all the volumes down to zero, all those totally artificial shutter whirrs and zooming noises and bleeps and jingles. Why do they do that? One of the things I've always loved about taking digital pics was the silence, so no one knows if your taking one or not, and there is as little intrusion as possible.

It feels a little ponderous, the focus and the zoom. The buzzard a few photos down was one of a pair going over which should have been a gift with the extra zoom power, flying low with the sun under their wings, but by the time I fixed on one they's almost gone. But I guess I just need to get used to it. The 10 megapixels make for gigantic great files, so I must be really conscientious about backing up and throwing out.

So, just some things round and about:


Sumac,


rose,

nasty old maize plants, time they were gone,




field at the bottom of the garden,




said buzzard,


backlit decay in a hellebore leaf,



grass heads,



late peacock on late marigolds,



liquidamber, such a lovely name.




I thin that Lumix and I are going to have fun...

16 comments:

Lesley said...

Mine's a Lumix too - good choice!

Dale said...

Whee!

PurestGreen said...

I felt this way when I got my nikon. Wishing you so, so much fun with your new toy.

Rosie said...

a girl has to have some fun in life... and this looks like lots of it

Isabelle said...

I don't know anything about cameras except that yours is a lot better than mine. These are stunning - though of course it's also that you have a wonderful eye.

marja-leena said...

Great shots! I think that Lumix and you are going to have fun! Just the file sizes nowadays are so much bigger. I'm envious, my Lumix feels so old now.

HLiza said...

Wow Lumix! And now that name liquidamber stucks in my mind..sound like a type of magical too in Harry Potter books..

Zhoen said...

Good for you.

I agree about the sound effects, no idea why that's the default, nor why it's so popular.

SpiralSkies said...

O, the agonies of camera envy...

Granny J said...

Lovely, painterly corn stalks, sumptuous grasses and a spider web to die for.

Rouchswalwe said...

Yowza, sweet Lucy! 1,001 delights ~ and then a new memory card. I'm on tenterhooks for the further adventures of Lucy and Lumix!

Julia said...

Yay!! Looking forward to hearing about and seeing more of the Lumix.

Jan said...

What a treat!
I'm glad you and your new friend are so compatible!
Marvellous snaps Lucy.

Dick said...

Glorious pics, as ever. Never buy an SLR or I shall either have to stop taking photos or stop following your blog!

christopher said...

Lucy, I'm a fan. I started to get into photos back in the 70's and then it cost too much and I made too little. I was good, I thought, but had to take at least ten to get the one. I had to quit. Now I have a camera but not the habit, just don't think of it.

Bee said...

Which model did you get, Lucy?
That peacock butterfly is stunning.