Among the gazillion things I’m doing is becoming familiar with my new camera. I bought a Nikon Coolpix L120, and it’s either the camera or me but one of us can’t seem to get it together. When I broke out my old SLR (and I do mean old, we’re talking film here) it was clear that it had been put away too long. My telephoto and wide-angle lens attachment rings are cracked, and one of the lenses are scratched and smudged beyond repair. Battery compartment secured through the greatest invention of the 20th century: duct tape! I definitely had not planned to use my iPhone as my main camera, and definitely not even thinking about the iPad.
So I did some research and shook the piggy bank to see what was a good fit both technically and financially. I didn’t look carefully enough though, as I really wanted to avoid a camera with presets only. Misread on the Nikon, and presets are what I now have. Now I don’t have the freedom to adjust speed and exposure as I’d like to, although I can play around with adjusting the exposure through use of the “+/-” button. The funny thing is, I’ve looked at several DLSR cameras (what I really want) and they also have presets. I think it’s back to the drawing board for research on a good camera in the future.
In the meantime, not going to let this one go to waste, and maybe I need to take a second look at the old Canon digital I also have. That one is only 8 pixels, and once again, my blog research said go for higher pixels for better quality. The Nikon is 14 pixels, but it’s not going to do me any good if I can’t overcome the problems I’m having with the new one. I purchased it just before going back to my college campus for alumni weekend and used it for the first time there. One word: TERRIBLE.
I was on my way to the store one winter day when the trees along the road caught my eye. They stretch about a half-mile, and being no expert on trees I’m not sure what they are. Thin trunk, white, and completely leafless. The image in my mind was a wall of tree trunks, and I always thought it would make a good picture. So yesterday I tried to tackle it, making this my photography project. I’ve got the image in my mind, now I’ve got to get it out, and this will be fun.
Looking at the pictures yesterday didn’t make me happy. I shot about a dozen using the “landscape” setting and the same using the “auto” setting. What I got was not what I wanted in either setting, basically because it wasn’t that image of a “wall” that I saw. That’s composition. I think I’ see what I need to do next, so it’s back to work. In the meantime I’m adding a pic from my Orlando trip this past Christmas, showing the interior of a space station. Shot that one while in line for the “Mission: Mars” ride at Epcot. (one for the astronaut in me!) I used the “portrait > museum” setting.