Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Decision Time

     I have not been taking very many photos this summer and it worries me. I like to be able to take many photos come home and look at them and throw most of them away. There's also the issue of being outdoors.

    Now a couple of years ago I got a reasonable point and shoot. I wanted a nice grip for the elderly fingers which sometimes get stiff and clumsy. I also wanted some zoom so this had an astounding 34 x. I like the camera and it can do more than I can do. It tells me what I've done and tells me what to do if I would only observe the monitor.

    I also like to bike every spare minute I can get. My plan was to put the camera in my bike bag, but the bike bag proved to be too small and there was the possibility of damage. I have got a good scratch on my monitor and I don't want any more of that nonsense.

    So I thought I'll use my old point and shoot as it has a case and fits in the bike bag nicely. This should really work.

    The first night with the old camera I saw a blue heron at my favorite beaver pond. Now herons make it easy. They pose for you. They pose a long time for you. So I shot a few photos. The heron was down in the gully a bit and it was in an area of shadow.

Okay I'll give you a nickel if you find the blue heron!


I think there's a blue heron in this photo.
     Well , when I got home and looked at the photos, I was disappointed. Really disappointed. Disappointed enough to not use the old point and shoot again.

   So back to my original problem. I need to fix something so that I can take the larger camera on my bike.

     
I do have a nice beaver pond to visit




33 comments:

  1. yeah, cameras are not easy to tote. i tend to us my cell phone a whole lot more these days than my camera. sad...

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    1. Toting whioe walking is easy but on a bike is a bit challenging.

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  2. That's a wonderful beaver pond! I can spot the blue heron in all your pics but I get you. I think you want to zoom in so you can have a large bird image in the photo. You just need to get a larger camera bag. There are even those you can sling over your body so you can have it on your back while you are biking. For that matter you can probably make due with a back pack if you have good padding.

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    1. I'm used to better photos than that.

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  3. I love to take photos in different angles. I wish you to do something so that the camera is always with you and you can take beautiful clippings...

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    1. I will do something about it. summer is passing by and I haven't taken many photos.

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  4. Buy a case for your camera and wear it cross body when you bike.
    I found the heron when i enlarged your photo.

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    1. I have a case and should look to see if I can attach a strap.

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  5. You have to Google for Photobags for bicycles. There are very handy bags to hang on your bicyclesteer in front of you.My husband has one. Have a look here http://www.photoscala.de/Artikel/Fahrrad-Fototaschen-von-Ortlieb-K%C3%B6nig-Photobags
    Just an example to see what I mean.

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    1. Now those are some great ideas.

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  6. I can see your heron! How about a GoPro?! Hands-free! :-)

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    1. Well this nerd is going to have to look up go pro. Just like a teacher. You're always giving homework!

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  7. It's a real hassle, isn't it? That's why I'm so happy to have my camera inside my ever-present iPhone. The only thing I miss is a good zoom. I still carry my camera inside my backpack when hiking because it's got a zoom but I rarely take it out. :-)

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    1. Well, I don't have a phone. the ipad takes good photos but it's not easy to tote either.

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  8. Nice to have a good zoom.Those tiny specks that were birds come out a lot better.

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    1. I wish I'd bought more zoom. But then I'd need a tripod.

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  9. I did find the heron. I imagine it might do to use the older camera just for landscapes when you're biking... or perhaps get a backpack instead of the bike bag.

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    1. I should get a smaller pack pack that's not so awkward.

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  10. I keep my camera in a bag over my chest when I bike because I can grab the camera out quicker than if it's in a case in the basket. Might that help?

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    1. My friend uses that system. Ill have to ask her about it.

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  11. I saw the blue heron right away! But then I always look for them when I see water since I love to photograph them. I hang my camera around me, hanging on my left side when I bike, so that I can easily get to it. Works very well and gives me opportunities to get photos. I'm sure you'll figure out something that works for you!

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    1. I think I ride too hard for that system, but good idea.

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  12. I'm seldom happy with my photographs. They never look as good as I think they should.

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    1. You're an artist and you see far more than the rest of us.

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  13. I can't be helpful with the bike and camera problem. I have enough trouble toting my camera when walking. And have got into such a habit of walking with my left hand stopping the camera from bumping against my body (hanging from a lanyard) that my family now think that is my natural walking style.

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  14. I think all the options have been well covered. I'm surprised that the camera bag that came with the camera didn't have a shoulder strap: it must have the necessary fittings.

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  15. Hauling around a camera can be a challenge! I have a shoulder bag and it goes almost everywhere with me, containing the camera and three lenses. Sometimes I wish to god I could leave it at home, but I know the minute I do I'll see something incredible and be unable to photograph it.

    For a bike, you might want to get one of those backpack camera bags. I hope you find something that works for you!

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  16. Is a beaver pond a pool in which women swim?
    As for the camera situation, I think you should treat yourself to a nice new, small and simple camera that you can carry with you when out cycling. Ask the micro-manager for some more pocket money and visit a good camera shop for guidance - McBains on Alexander Way?

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  17. Yup. It happens. I gave up long ago replacing my little point and shoot after seeing the great photographers who blog. I just knew I couldn't and didn't want to compete...:)

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  18. I spotted the blue heron right away. I have a hard time carrying a camera anywhere. I'm always dropping it or bumping it against something. I like Linda Reeder's idea.

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  19. Hi Red, Yes, I see that Heron in there ... right in the center. Nice shot. You can send me the 5 cents later. I hear you about carrying around cameras! Which one to take along ... always a good consideration. By the way, speaking of photography, in my last post on John's Island you left me a nice comment and asked if that was a weeks worth of ships. Well, no, it was just a few of them. If I tried to capture all the ship action it would be almost a full time job. I do take a bunch of pics that I don't share on the blog ... just trying to give you guys the ones that turned out pretty good. I like it that you appreciate the maritime pics and thank you for your kind comments.

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  20. Oh yes Red, I see them but of course I have been able to zoom it up. Very nice. The rest of the Beaver pond is lovely.

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