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Friday, June 20, 2014

New camera practice today

I'm having a hard time learning the camera but will surely master it eventually. I can get real close to flowers and get sharp enough shots...

...but insects don't let a person get that close and I'm having trouble getting sharp photos.  This was the best I could manage today. (I've given up trying to ID damselflies. This is probably an immature bluet (or forktail?) of some kind.)

So I did a little online sleuthing, and it seems that in this situation photos with my camera type won't be satisfactory unless you use manual focusing. So I'm going to play with that tomorrow. Trouble is, my vision isn't that good. I may end up putting a strap on my heavy Canon and carrying it. It's too heavy for my arms to carry the weight. Causes immense shoulder pain ever since I cleaned, patched, and coated the whole stucco tank. I had taken the strap off because, while rushing around watering and working, the strap caught on stuff and got yanked off my shoulder. If I have to carry it around my neck, it makes it almost impossible to get anything done. But you have to do what you have to do. Both times the camera got yanked from my shoulder it got damaged and had to be sent in for repair. 


  1. Really good shots for just practice. I know what you old the best. Please tell me what your new on is

  2. Sorry about the typos. I tried to correct them with no luck.

  3. Yes, I think once something is posted it's too late to undo it. I thought I had posted somewhere what my new camera was. Guess I meant to and forgot. My original first digital was a point and shoot Minolta DiMage. I liked it pretty good in those days, then we had a boat wreck and it sunk. Replaced it with a Kodak Easyshare. Didn't like. It finally developed so many issues I gave it away. Meantime, I got my big Canon Rebel, which I love, but is too heavy. Now my new camera is a "bridge" camera. It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70. Any advice anyone has on how to take good insect shots with it is very welcome.

  4. Have you tried a Black Rapid sport strap for your Canon? I have one and it's a great strap. It's a cross body design so the stress on the neck/shoulder is lessened. I've worn my camera on hikes in BBRSP and it made a big difference when scrambling up/down rocks. It's got clips that you can use to limit the movement of the camera. I highly recommend it.

  5. No, I hadn't heard of them. I googled and came up with some images. Sure worth a try. I'm pretty desperate here. Thanks.