Divergent thoughts from a guy who spent 17 years as a fulltime freelance writer utterly dependent on his computing hardware (as in: "if your computer is down, you're temporarily out of business." For me, downtime was a four-letter word!
1. Who supports the hardware? Contact them...
The hope, of course, is to get a shot of the eaglets after they hatch, and if we're fortunate, it will be before the leaves fill in and make viewing much more difficult.
The better half (aka the spotter-in-chief) and I have been taking walks on Peebles Island for more than 30 years.
It was in...
Peebles Island. New York State, at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. Sorry about the lack of context; I post pix frequently from Peebles Island and sometimes forget that not everybody knows about it.
The eagles nest is on Goat Island, but I have to shoot from Peebles.
Just for perspective, here is where I was shooting from:
The eagles nest is in the trees, dead-center, the big dark blob about one-third down from the top of the frame. I estimate the distance at about 75 yards.
From a conceptual standpoint, if you are working with volunteers, simpler is better. IMHO, the closer you can get to: "all they have to do is frame the shot," the better.
If they have to "ride focus," unless they are willing to practice and get good at it, that's probably not so good.
The better half (aka spotter-in-chief) and I decided to check on the nesting eagles on Peebles Island yesterday evening. Immediately we discovered that the nest was backlit . . . definitely not as good as the other day Superzoom strikes again . . . eagles . . . and some crazy duck (goose?)...
Hearty thanks to everyone for your various inputs.
Bottom line, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of difference between the two sets for sky photography . . . which is the primary target when I carry a pocket camera.
And, yeah, I love the atmosphere here too!
I'm always trying to "optimize" my everyday-carry rig . . . ie, the camera I stick in my pocket in case a really cool sky shot pops up. Generally, that has been the Canon G12.
Around Christmas, I picked up the GX85 with the two-lens kit. A couple of days ago, I noticed that the GX85 with 12-32...
By that, I mean what is the oldest digital camera you have that functions fine in all respects?
Mine is the Olympus D-550. I bought mine new, but I'm not sure of the year (probably 2003). It was introduced in 2002.
Whatsamatta Bill? Don't you enjoy activating random stuff with your nose? (Oh that's right, it doesn't have a built-in viewfinder.)
I sure do enjoy the images that people produce with the GR series, but I think I would be cranky shooting with one.
Nevertheless, I wish all wonderfulness to...
jpegs romanced a bit with Luminar 3.
Working with this camera is (I imagine) a bit like living with a savant. If you try to make it behave like other cameras, you will probably be frustrated and disappointed. There is very little you can actually control and trying to...
By golly, you nailed it! I would argue that this -- from my humble G12 -- has a similar look:
BTW, I think this -- "they render with a distinct, but again pleasing lack of dynamic range" -- is spot on. Never thought of it that way before . . . thanks!
There is a directory. Go to dpreview, click on cameras, then click on camera feature search: Camera feature search: Digital Photography Review : Digital Photography Review!
Scroll down to sensor, click on sensor, then click on CCD for camera sensor type.
There are, apparently, 1677...
I think both are pretty darn good. The Sony has more reach (1200mm e); the Panny has some weather resistance and a faster lens throughout the zoom range (600mm e). I don't think you can go badly wrong with either one.
Narrator voice-over: "At this point in the conversation, the old coot with the fixation about super-zooms shows up."
Old Coot: Tilman, I would heartily suggest you give the Sony HX400V a try. You just might be astonished at the results. Up to 1200mm (e) reach, and really punchy, contrasty...
Sunset yesterday. What made this entertaining to shoot was: we were traveling downhill on a four-lane street in Troy, NY; buildings up to 3 stories high on either side; utility wires and lamp posts seemingly everywhere; driving west with the setting sun slightly off to our left. My wife (aka...
In December, 2010, I purchased a Canon G12. It effectively supplanted an Olympus D-550 (which I still have and still works) that I used professionally (no kidding) for several years. (I used the 550 to shoot pictures to illustrate my stories, for which I was paid.)
The G12 served as my...
On the flip side of "I'm getting older and things are getting worse", my bride (aka spotter-in-chief), who is 9 years younger than me (but still a seasoned citizen), has almost freakish distance vision.
Check out this tale from almost six years ago...
I'll be 73 shortly, and I've had cataract surgeries done in both eyes, with excellent results. The right eye was the first to get done. It was a few years from the detection of the incipient cataract until it was bad enough to need the surgery. The left eye, by contrast, went downhill...
Bear in mind that when you yell "Get off my lawn!" and shake your fist, you have to observe due and proper form . . . ask one of your older neighbors for tips on getting it right . . . :biggrin:
Sounds like a car where you have to worry about redshift as you approach a light . . .
BTW, did you ever see the Road and Track test of Bill Cosby's Cobra? The acceleration curve was essentially straight up.