Here is a photo of my new toy:
I bought this camera just about a week ago. It is a Canon SX30IS that I researched and read every review I could find. It is a very techie camera, at least to this non-techie person, and I have much to learn, but I think I'll like it very much. Years ago I had, and still have, an Olympus SLR film camera and had an extra telephoto lens to go with it. I thought long and hard, but decided that I didn't want an SLR this time because, frankly, I just didn't want to have to fool with extra lenses and flash attachments and all the stuff to pack around. This one has a 35x zoom and video and does all kinds of stuff that will take me a long time to learn, I'm sure. Anyway, I have it and I've been trying it out today. I've spent a lot of time reading the manual online, and familiarizing myself with it. So, of course, like a proud mama or grandmama I have to show off my new baby. Here we go:
The beautiful red Cardinal looks so cheerful anytime of year,
but particularly in winter, don't you think?
A closer look. Isn't he a beauty?
A Mourning Dove. We've just had a blizzard, but don't
those buds show a promise of spring?
A female Cardinal with her little friend, the Junco...or some call them Snowbirds.
I'm not positive, but I think this fella is a Starling.
A Downy Woodpecker.
A White-breasted Nuthatch. (I think)
Oh, I've had such fun today shooting and I've got dozens more, but I don't want to bore you with too many. There are many bloggers who have such beautiful photos of the birds, but I just had to show off my first efforts with my new camera. Some of my shots, as you can see, are not as sharp as others. I have a lot to learn, not the least of which is to hold the camera still! It's not heavy, but heavier than I'm used to. The only complaint I have besides the fact that they don't give you a printed manual, you have to look online and print out the close to 200 pages if you want one, is that the time between shots is a little slow. But I'm slow myself, so we will probably get along fine!
One of these days I'll find and scan some photos I took with my old SLR. I took several photos of a country and western singer who was at Hearnes in Columbia years ago. One of my favorite songs of his was "Lady". Name that singer. ;D
Edited to add: Check out Verde Farm for a fun farm party!
Until next time...