Testing out my new camera

20 07 2014

In preparation for my ‘bucket list’ trip to the NZ and the US in October/November, when I *know* I’ll be taking lots of photos , I decided to upgrade my digital camera (I had a Canon IXUS 400 that I bought around 2002, which had a 256 MB CF memory card). I purchased a little ‘point-and-shoot’ compact camera — a Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 — for just under AU$150 (the 32 GB Micro SDHC card was extra).

And today I went into the garden to test out some of the features such as the 5x optical zoom, the panorama feature (no public pics from that as yet as I was photographing my house and I don’t make those pictures public). I haven’t tried features like burst (lots of photos in rapid succession, which would be ideal for sports or moving animals etc.), or effects such as focusing on a colour and making all the rest of the background black and white.

I was really pleased with how these first photos came out — this little camera (it only weighs 100 g!) packs a punch. I haven’t retouched ANY of the photos below — they are as they came off the camera and as I saved them onto my computer. The only thing I did with some of them was crop out some of the background to centre the object better, and/or make a duplicate in my photo editing software, then crop out even more to better show things like the raindrops. I also didn’t resize them any of them or adjust the angle or apply any effects. As it rained overnight, quite a lot of the photos caught the raindrops perfectly on the flowers.

Click on a photo to view it larger.

King? Protea — one has a cropped version to show the raindrops and inside; the other is cropped to show the raindrops on the outside of the flower.





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Strelitzia (aka Bird of Paradise) — I have several of these plants in the garden. Most are orange, but there’s at least one that’s yellow, and a HUGE one that’s white (not in flower yet).







Unknown protea — this is just a bud and no more than about 2 inches (5 cm) across, ready to flower. I just love the Fibonacci sequence in this bud! The bottom one is a bit blurry, but it shows the Fibonacci sequence better than the others, and also the size of the flower in relation to dead leaves on the ground.





Pink Diosma — this plant has TINY little pink flowers and I didn’t think I’d be able to get a decent photograph of them. The bees were buzzing around, but were hard to capture. That said, each of the photos of the diosma have at least one bee!

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 Update 28 July 2014: Some pics of a freshly cut lemon. Standard auto settings on camera, no post-processing except cropping the image.






6 responses

20 07 2014

Beautiful photos Rhonda = you must be really happy with them…. so clear.

21 07 2014

You’ve got it; the dew drops are exquisite! Hope you have a wonderful trip. Also, THANK YOU again for all your time and helpful advice to the users of the wonderful HQSS! I would not be doing near as well without your input and advice, especially regarding Magna Glide bobbins and tension issues! You are my Go-To Guru!!!!

21 07 2014

Those are amazing pictures! Isn’t it interesting how camera technology keeps evolving! I have a Canon that I love but I would I think a smaller profile camera would work so much better for traveling. Does the camera connect to the internet to avoid the download step? (Not that I am that tech savvy but I can hope someday..).

21 07 2014

Hi Kathy

No, it doesn’t connect to the internet directly. You’d need a WiFi camera for that (at much greater cost) or a WiFi-enabled Micro SD card like those from http://www.eyefi.com. However, according to the camera store guy, even with a WiFi-enabled camera or card it still doesn’t connect direct to the internet — it connects to your phone or tablet that then connects to the internet (I think I got that right!).


31 07 2014
Dawn C.

What beautiful flowers and photos.

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