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Re: Some photos posted

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Some photos posted
  • From: "jgcrump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 21:30:20 -0500

Neil  --  The quality of your most recently-posted photos should make anyone who is challenged by current photographic technology take heart.  --  Griff
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 6:09 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Some photos posted

Griff Crump asked, " What camera took that photo, please? --  Griff"
 
Neil responds:
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 days.
 
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 mountains


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