Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Point and Shoot Cameras

[No post about a creek hike is complete without the obligatory shot of Mr. Morris, who inspires me and keeps me smiling...]

Sure everyone wants a big DSLR. I have a nice Nikon DSLR.
But I don't take it out on rainy, muddy, nasty days when I'm going to be mud sluggin' through the woods and climbing slippery mossy rocks.

One bang, and the camera is toast. So the point and shooty cameras work just fine.

I even decided to try out the Auto Bracketing settings to see what sort of HDR I could come up with.

I used a mini tripod that I got at Wallyworld for cheap. It works okay for small cameras and is NOT meant for DSLR cameras.

Here are some shots from my Sanyo E1292 which I purchased as a back up camera that I've let my Granddaughter use ... it has been dropped a few times and doesn't always open up with the lens. On it's better behavior though it takes decent enough landscape shots.

Woods~down the hill~
The picnic tree [I call it the finger tree] next to the old coyote den~
Cow Trail through neighbor's pasture~
Past this gnarly tree and up the hill...lays the 'hill road'~
Wild Strawberries drape elegantly down the side of rock in our creek bottom~
These are examples of a $79 camera.
I used it set at IS0 80 and then set the Auto Bracketing to 1.7. Yes, I edited these. But fantastically...there was little or no noise.

For tramping around in the woods and taking general landscape shots, you can do well with cheapos.
No loss it you drop it in the stream.
No big deal if you drop it off your mule and it gets crushed.

Remember, it is the person behind the lens, not the camera, who takes the picture.

Program used for HDR Dynamic Photo HDR.
Cropping done in Elements 5.

I'm an Explorer...I love to experiment...here it is...

5 comments:

Brookville Daily Photo said...

Like you I use a point and shoot camera. A Lumix by Panasonic and like you it has been dropped. And when one of the kids or somebody wants to borrow a camera they choose it.

I like the first photo the most of the dog. It seems to have more of the qualities one might expect from a more expensive DSLR camera. Is his name really, Mr. Morris. How do you yell that name when you are calling him to stop doing something or to come home?

VLackey513 said...

I totally agree with you. Those little point and shoots really can do some amazing things it the shooter has an eye for imagination. I love the colors in this series.

Val said...

Brookville Daily Photo~ Morris is his plain name...I call him Mr. so he feels important.

I think I will replace my Sanyo with a Lumix, they are nice cameras.

Usually I don't have to yell his name...he sticks by me in the woods as he is terrified of coyotes.

Vicki!
Yup, those P&S are worth their weight in gold!

mj said...

The wild strawberry vines trailing over the creek bank ... a very good example of Mother nature working wonders with her landscape!
Those point and shoot cameras are the "Little Engine that Could" of the camera world. They have leaped out of saddlebags, been stomped by horse hooves, been left for days in the tack room or in the horse trailer, but they always seem to survive their torture.

Leigh Russell said...

This is all a bit technical - but the photos are great.