Griff Crump asked, " What camera took that
photo, please? -- Griff"
Two or three years ago two of my daughters
made me a gift of a digital Nikon CoolPix 5000. It has bells and whistles
far beyond what I'll ever need, but since I've used Nikon film cameras
exclusively since the early 1970's I did have a "wish list."
I'd always used rangefinder cameras before the
Nikon SLR's, but this CoolPix I have found difficult to get used to. My
fingers aren't as supple as they once were, and I'm so used to framing and
focusing on screen I find the rangefinder difficult in my post-SLR
My attempts to use the digital swing-out screen
doesn't work well in sunlight--I can't see the image. The result is
that my "learning curve" is neither steep nor regular. At least I can
erase the flubs--and edit them on the computer to heart's content provided the
original image is usable.
The autofocus works fine--provided I have the
camera set on "tulip," the close or macro range. I've discovered I have to
double check this just before I shoot, as the camera seems able to reset itself
from the time I think I have it right.
I juggle the "simple" how-to-use book, the camera,
and my intentions with some awkwardness. Slowly, the images have gotten
sharper, more focused, but still not as well framed in-camera as I'd like.
I've also discovered the light quality makes a very great difference on trueness
of color from the garden to the computer screen.
The three photos--Happenstance, Paris Fashion and
Miah Jane--are the only some of the few of the many I've attempted of what grows
here that please me entirely.
Miah Jane is indeed a beauty, is she not! I
think Tom Parkhill has some others that are equally good. The Knoxville
area seems to have acquired a group of dedicated, hardworking iris folk,
including several raising seedlings.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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