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By: GardenGrrl , 6:18 PM GMT on November 16, 2012

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Christmas is coming way to soon. Many people are hoping Santa brings them a shiny new camera. But what if santa is unsure of what camera to get. The following is a guide to what's available from budget minded point and shoots to exotic micro four thirds.

The Point and Shoot
This is the camera for people like me that don't want to take a photography class. These cameras can fit in your pocket or purse. Some are waterproof. They can be reasonably priced or really expensive.
All these cameras take good pictures. The zoom, however, is limited. One thing to consider is the battery and memory. Proprietary batteries can be expensive. Some have "special" memory cards. Cameras that use SD cards are generally more economical in the memory department.

Super Zooms
These are larger point and shoot cameras that look a lot like DSLR's. The great feature is their zoom. For a modest price one can have a decent camera with great zoom for much cheaper than a DSLR. These are lighter and don't require multiple lenses. The down side is that these cameras are a bit slow. There is two second or more wait between shots. The focus can be slow. Picture quality ranges between pretty good and mediocre with the occaisional "WOW".
Here is a link to a review that picked their best point and zooms for 2012. Link

DSLR's
These are the gold standard of great photographs providing you know how to use one. I stayed away from these for a long time. Several years ago me and my first digital camera, a Kodak Easy Share, were snapping photos at a live butterfly exhibit in Ft. Forth. A man with a camera set up that likely cost more than my car, proudly showed off his photos of a blue morpho on his view finder. They were terrible. Didn't have the heart to show him the great shots I was getting on a cheap camera.
Today, new users can avoid the problem of needing to know a lot about photography. The DSLR makers have come up with entry level cameras that are both point and shoot, plus serious camera. So while you are learning how to shoot in manual, you can still have really great pictures in auto mode.
The camera guy at work swears by the Nikon 5100 as the best entry level DSLR. I'm sure the Canon Rebel people are saying boo hiss, but I really don't know the difference so am going with this recommendation.
Here is a link to the 5100. Link

Micro Four Thirds Cameras
These exotic beauties are supposed to be mini dslr's. The camera bodies and lenses are lighter. The Panasonic G2 and up series are also supposed to be excellent video cameras as well. The system was designed jointly by Olympus and Panasonic. They boast being able to use many types of lenses if there is an adaptor. The caveat here is that if it is not a lense designed specifically for the brand of camera, the lense motor may not work. The resulting camera shake could screw your shots up without a tripod. Just keep that in mind to use lenses designed for the brand of camera.
Here is a great link to learn about Micro Four Thirds. Be sure to click on everything to get a good idea what these mini-dslrs do.
Link

Hope you found this helpful. Please add you own opinions. What kind of camera you have, what you like and dislike about it. Heck, even write down your wildest dream camera and lenses.

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72. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:29 PM GMT on November 29, 2012
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71. sandiquiz
7:46 AM GMT on November 29, 2012
Sp - you fancy the FZ 200 - so do I! Mind you, the 150 was brought out only six months after the 100, so I may wait a while and hope a 250 comes out next year!!! lol

GG - I am going out with the camera today, the first time for nearly three months. The sun is set to shine today, although it will be cold, so I am going into the city centre to see the Christmas display. This year the theme is the Land of Enchanted Dreams. Then after treating myself to an early lunch I will drive through the deer park, hoping to get some deer close enough to the car to get photos. I won't get out to walk the park, as I think a walk around the centre will be enough, but a gentle, slow drive through might produce some photos worth showing!

Enjoy your days off:-)

Later :-

I thought if you and the EV reduction , so tried it out in the Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest
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70. sp34n119w
11:47 PM GMT on November 28, 2012
You know, it's usually sandi's talk about her camera that sends me off looking, and mention of the FZ200 here awhile ago was no exception. Want! lol That really does look like a perfect bridge.
Really appreciate the ev info since it is always listed on camera specs but I could not figure out what to do with it, even after reading about it. Now I get it - and see your stunning Chinese lantern photos, gg, to prove its importance and value. Wow!
You've collected quite a few beautiful pics here from wuers!

Enjoy your zzzzzzzz's tomorrow :)
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69. GardenGrrl
11:08 AM GMT on November 28, 2012
Good Morning all, one more day at work and then I can sleep in tomorrow. Won't be nothing on the blog except a blank page full of zzzzzzzz's ;)

Hey Zeus, send your two cents and perhaps Sandi will give you change. (Not that I'm encouraging or stirring up anything.)

Hi Sandi, that is another great link. Was trying to delve deeper into the site while at work but kept getting interupted. Don't they know studying photography is important?

Hi Calpoppy, aperature priority is a favorite of mine for stills. If it moves or if I'm shakey, sports mode is my setting. The coyote boy is very handsome. I wonder if they duck their head and tuck tail to protect their neck and keep someone from getting their tail from behind. If I had a pretty tail I would protect it too.

Hi Ylee, cold here as well. 36f brrrrr. Clear sky though so the stars get extra sparkly in the cold.
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68. Ylee
4:07 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
Hi, GG! Colder than heck here! A lot to learn here; I may be able to use that knowledge, someday! :)

Hope you are doing well!
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67. calpoppy
3:46 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
One more thing, you need lots and lots of patience for wildlife photography! I am really trying to work on that! And a long lens!

Congrats on the AC!
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66. calpoppy
3:44 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
I use the aperture setting almost all the time, except for hummers then I use manual.


I really have a fondness for wildlife photography. I can hardly wait to get more yotes in the snow this year.





The above are pics of the Alpha male, he is really a beautiful coyote!

The second pic is what they look like when threatened, I find it a bit cat like.
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65. sandiquiz
12:01 PM GMT on November 27, 2012
Quoting zeusatolympus:
You don't fool me Sandi! You're having a blast!

I am doing okay! I Might be done with my break from WU. I was thinking about renewing, updating, uploading!

Well, we could all benefit from your photographic knowledge. If you did renew and upload, drop me a comment in my blog so I can keep in touch with your latest offerings:)


GG - thanks, I find I am learning lots of new things too.

Found another webpage that I have bookmarked, which actually gives you a tutorial on different scenarios, and even a master-class!
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64. zeusatolympus
11:38 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
Hi GardenGrrl!
I thought you covered it pretty well and I hope my cent and a half helps!
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63. zeusatolympus
11:27 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
You don't fool me Sandi! You're having a blast!

I am doing okay! I Might be done with my break from WU. I was thinking about renewing, updating, uploading!
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62. GardenGrrl
11:17 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
Good morning, the sky is a beautiful texture of moon glow and horse tail clouds weaving through the morning stars. Sometimes having to walk the dog in the wee hours has it's perks.

Hi Karen, saw the picts of your tribe. Wow. Have to agree with Sandi though, find out what your camera can do, you will like it even more. On my first point n shoots I found a way to tweak the settings to get good indoor shots without flash (in places they don't want you taking pictures.)

Hi Sandi, I don't know about anyone else, but i really like the info you are adding. It's stated in such a simple to understand way that I kind of get it now.

Good Morning Zeus, thanks for coming by to add both humor and very good information about choosing and using cameras.
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61. sandiquiz
9:10 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
Well, hello stranger.... glad I can still make you laugh!

And just remember! If you're not having fun! You're not doing it right! That's all that matters!

So that's what I am doing wrong - I'm not having fun!! lol

How you doing, John?

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60. zeusatolympus
8:53 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
Like the blog GardenGrrl!
Sandi! You crack me up!
It is important to know what all the buttons, settings, and menus do even if you don't use them! Many years ago I got a camera for Christmas that didn't have an "Auto" setting. Decisions had to be made to use it? Oh Noooo! I had only played around with settings on the camera already had a little bit and really didn't know much! I got much more camera than I knew how to use! Imagine going from an old Pinto that you hope will start to a new Mustang you're afraid to drive because you might scratch it! I figured it out enough to use it but ended up taking a (really great) workshop to get what I wanted out of it! In the end it was good because I learned so much more then if I had stayed with the camera I had.
When people ask me about what to get for a camera I usually sit down with them and show them all the cool stuff that the camera they have will do! When getting a camera you really need to think about what you are shooting! I shoot mostly with Olympus equipment because it is water and dust resistant. On the Olympic Peninsula that is a good thing! We are very wet in the winter and surprisingly dusty for the two weeks of summer! I have had rain and fog kill off a few cameras. One was a $900 Cannon that I loved using, fortunately I got a refund because I had it less than a year. If I were shooting people or weddings full time I would get a Canon. (that would sound bad out of context) Canon doesn't work well for the kind of shooting I do most of the time! It is good know what the camera you have will do so when you go to get a new one you will know what you want and need. I have made a lot of the expensive mistakes that you read about so shop around, do your homework and think it through! If you are getting a camera for someone else? Ask them about and have them show you the camera they have. (Like you were going to get one for your self?) Ask them what their dream camera is? The next best thing is a gift certificate from B&H or Amazon! And thinking out of the box works too! My wife got me a GoPro! It is a fun camera though I don't use it as much as I should, but I get interesting shots when I do! And just remember! If you're not having fun! You're not doing it right! That's all that matters!
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59. sandiquiz
5:11 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
Quoting SBKaren:
See Sandi's explanation in comment #57? That's why I like auto! LOLOLOLOL


I also shoot on auto, too, for many things, but having a camera that has manual, AV and P settings means you should really find out what they do, should't you? lol

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58. SBKaren
3:31 AM GMT on November 27, 2012
See Sandi's explanation in comment #57? That's why I like auto! LOLOLOLOL
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57. sandiquiz
12:08 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Here is a tutorial on F stops and apertures, and why "bigger is smaller"!

Time drifts away....

Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 159 mm
ISO Speed 400

When looking for a simple example of ISO related to aperture / F stops I found this. And rather than pick out examples, I think it warrants an airing here, as it is fairly clear and precise - so I hope you don't mind!

ISO - is the sensitiviity of the sensor to light - higher the ISO the more sensitive so the less light to record the photo

Aperture - the size of the hole that lets in the light. Larger the hole to more light gets through. Expressed as the a fraction of the focal length - so f/22 is 1/22nd of the focal length. This means the larger the number the smaller the hole.

Shutter speed - length of time the shutter is open. The longer it is open the more light gets in. Expressed as fraction - 125 = 1/125th of a second. Can be confusing when you see the number "8" - is this 8 seconds or 1/8th - you need to be clear in your own mind how your camera

Fast shutter speed freezes motion (including camera shake)
Long shutter speed increases motion blur
Small aperture gives high depth of field
Wide aperture gives shallow depth of field

Depth of field is the amount of the shot that is in focus. For example, shallow depth of field - person is in focus but background is blurred. High depth of field - person is in focus and so is background.

You balance shutter speed and aperture to give the optimum combination of motion freezing and depth of field.

Low ISO gives best quality image but needs a large lump of light
High ISO makes the image grainy (noise) but needs a smaller lump of light.
In low light you may need to increase ISO to make the required lump of light small enough to allow use of a shutter speed that you can hand-hold.

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56. GardenGrrl
11:05 AM GMT on November 26, 2012
Good Morning All,
It is warm out this morning. A few days ago was freezing my nose off with the cold and windy.

Hi Prose, could not get over the crowds in the afternoon...past the time everything "good" was supposed to be sold. Some lady almost ran us over in the parking lot cross walk and then almost hit a man as she squealed a turn into a row. Would of kicked her door to wake her up, the car buzzed by quite close, but the car was moving too fast. (I have a temper) :)

Hi Shore, those are such wonderful butterflies they seem to come around all year. I call them my little sunshine birds because when nothing else is around they brighten up the yard.

Hi Karen, thanks. Really enjoyed the art they put out. All those sculptures are silk cloth stretched over frames with lights inside and out. Many were HUGE!

Hi Sandi, Blue is quite the photogenic fellow. Very nice capture of a backlit subject. Is it just me or does the aperature F4 to 4.5 seem like the best all around setting for most shots?
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55. sandiquiz
7:45 AM GMT on November 26, 2012
Night photography is so difficult unless you have the camera on the right settings, and even on auto it doesn't seem to capture the depth of light.
Your Chinese lantern images are wonderful, and congratulations on the AC.

I have just been looking though the latest photos posted to the Flickr group T189, which is the on-line digital course I did in 2009. Can you believe it now three years since! There seems to be a preponderance of "back lit" shots in the group pool at the moment.... It must be the latest thing.
So in keeping with the 'back lit' theme, here is one I took earlier..... by accident!

What do you mean I need a shave!

Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 17.2 mm
ISO Speed 100

Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.... Now have a good week at the bat cave!
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54. SBKaren
2:31 AM GMT on November 26, 2012
Can't wait to see more photos from the Dallas Chinese Lantern Festival as the ones you posted are awesome!!!!
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53. shoreacres
6:30 PM GMT on November 25, 2012
You know me - still clomping around with my Canon S2, shooting on automatic. Still, I got my first pic of a butterfly this weekend, and I like it - especially since yon butterfly had put a good bit of distance between the two of us. I must have taken 30 pics of the thing - some of which didn't even include the butterfly! Ah, just gotta love digital! You probably know, but I just learned - it's a Gulf Frittilary.

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52. Proserpina
11:08 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Good morning you brave soul! So you went people watching and came home with a great bargain! I'd say that you had a successful day.
I stayed home and rested most of the day. I did get a headstart on the Christmas decorations. Today I will do more of the same. I do not think that the Redskins play today so I will not be watching football.

Happy Sunday to you.
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51. GardenGrrl
10:50 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Good Mornning, it's back to work for the long week. My Thanks Giving time off was really great and well spent. Did something fun every day of it.

Hi Sandi, can you believe I got an AC for the lily with the fountain behind it? I'm really liking the EV setting because I have no idea how to set my aperture and speed for that kind of photo. I know a fast shutter speed works well for lights so just set it in sports mode and adjusted EV.

Hi Plapman, hope you and Abbey are keeping warm on those walks.

Hi Prose, thanks. It was really neat seeing all that glowing artwork. A lot of those pieces are really huge.

Hi Ylee, slowly but surely I'll start downloading them to WU for the new blog.
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50. Ylee
12:43 AM GMT on November 25, 2012
Great pics, GG! I'll have to read that blog when I get a chance!
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49. Proserpina
1:30 PM GMT on November 24, 2012
Good morning. The photos of the Chinese Lantern Festival are fabulous, am looking forward to the Festival blog.
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48. plapman
1:12 PM GMT on November 24, 2012
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Enjoy your day.
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47. sandiquiz
6:31 AM GMT on November 24, 2012
That tutorial on EV settings really worked. Those photos are WOW!!!!
Stunning captures of difficult subjects. Brilliant!!!

Glad you had fun! :-)
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46. GardenGrrl
5:29 AM GMT on November 24, 2012
Hi All and Happy Holidays! The Season has officially started.

Hi Skyepony, I've dropped my $220 dollar lense a few times. Glad I put a UV lense on it.

Hi Watchinthesky, great canal photo.

Hi Alley, thanks for the warm greeting from Canada.

Hi Calpoppy, that is a total hoot.

Hi Sp, Yeah Turkey power and days off to enjoy it.

Hi Sandi, beautiful rainbow.

Hi Rebel, happy days back atcha.

Hi Karen, good quote always and a great way to remember a great man.

Hi Briarcraft, laughter is what makes the world best.

Okay, went to Dallas Chinese Lantern Festival and took a ton of pictures. Will make that another blog. In the meantime here are two pics from it.
These were shot in "sports mode" with the EV taken down three stops.





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45. BriarCraft
9:39 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
I was just over at Sandi's and couldn't help but fall in love with the Corgi/corgette photo with the fun captions. You outdid yourself with that one.

And Calpoppy's #39 is worth a 1000 words and a chuckle, too.
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44. sandiquiz
10:27 AM GMT on November 23, 2012


Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 10.5 mm
ISO Speed 80

Hope you had a great day yesterday, and unless you have been taken in for cover, you should have today off to recover!

The above photo was taken in last year with my little handbag** camera, the FS11. It is small enough to fit into a pocket, and is a basic P&S. It is also in girly pink! lol


**A handbag is what you call a purse, although a purse to us is what you call a wallet, I think! Confused? You should be!!
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43. SBKaren
5:45 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
I would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends, food and gratitude for what we do have. I promise to try to live up to this quote all year long!

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42. rebel13
1:43 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving ~GG~ !!!
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41. sandiquiz
9:59 AM GMT on November 22, 2012
Thinking of you having fun today - a definite day to celebrate and be thankful :-)
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40. sp34n119w
7:34 AM GMT on November 22, 2012
Turkey power! Thanks, gg :)
I'm so glad to read that you get to have T-Day on T-Day this year! Happy Thanksgiving!
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39. calpoppy
2:37 AM GMT on November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving, GG, Spouse, Roxie and Syd!!

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38. Alleyoops
8:46 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
Thanksgiving46 Pictures, Images and Photos

Happy Thanksgiving dear ones.
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37. WatchinTheSky
7:56 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
To you as well! Snoopy is great :)



A favorite from my Canon Powershot -

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36. Skyepony (Mod)
4:51 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
Could you imagine dropping a $1200 lense. Eeeek.

Eeeek! No.. I've gone as far as borrowed the kids' Kid Zoom camera during downpours & floods. Pictures were far from stellar but it didn't cost me a few hundred.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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35. GardenGrrl
3:42 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
******** HI MOM!********

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34. GardenGrrl
3:36 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
From our own Sandi Quiz,

The Best Digital Photo Tutorial Site Ever!

Follow this link and add to your favorites or bookmark it. This site explains things in a simple way that finally makes sense.

Thanks Sandi :-D


Link
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33. GardenGrrl
3:32 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
Good Morning All, it is a glorious day here. 56f, no wind, clear skies. We are going up to Main Street Grapevine to kick around, look at Christmassy stuff and have brunch...as soon as the spouse wakes up. Let's hope I get atleast 45 minutes here to quietly blog.

Hi Sandy, that is an awesome tutorial blog. I can understand it. Infact, I think I will give it it's own special comment section.

Hi Mobal, you sound like the go to guy for specialty shooting indoors. Once I spent about two days photo graphing chocolate. The darn subjects kept "disappearing though. Or, they would melt under all the light. Do you shoot with Nikon lenses on your Canon? A guy at work swears by Canon bodies but loves Nikon "glass". (I started a Nikon vs Canon debate at work).

Hi Karen, love the color of the flower and bee. Nice macro, getting the pollen to show up so defined. As for the pier, wow, nothing wrong with lucky shots. It's all about light and shadows and you found the right place at the right time for sure.

Hi Calpoppy, you do get some awesome nature shots. So you have adopted your yotes as your wild doggies eh? Nice healthy looking guys. The shallow depth of field really show cases them as individuals. With the bear I'm glad you opted for greater depth of field because bears, streams and woods just go together. The hummingbird(s), dang nice catch.

Hi Prose, thanks for the holiday wishes and the Emerson poems. He has always been one of my favorites. I "get" him.

Hi Sandi, it is indeed a time to be thank full. I think this is the 2nd Thanksgiving in a few years I have had with family.
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32. sandiquiz
1:58 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, full of love and laughter...... and NO WORK !!

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31. Proserpina
1:47 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving Images, Quotes, Comments, Graphics
Thanksgiving Pictures - Quotes - Photobucket

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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30. GardenGrrl
11:00 AM GMT on November 20, 2012
Good Morning, running late but am really tickled to see all these great photos. Will get back tomorrow.
Be sure to check the specials at Amazon and Adorama if you are shopping.
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29. sandiquiz
7:08 AM GMT on November 20, 2012
Staying in bed for a while today... I was most uncomfortable yesterday.... I think the nerves are repairing themselves...... lots of stinging and a burning sensation. Did you get this?

I am so glad you actually get to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, without having to go into work...... That is definitely something to be thankful for:-)
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28. calpoppy
7:13 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Hi GG! I love my DSLR Nikon D90. The only thing I would put on my christmas list is a wide angle lens and a flash that would sync with my highest shutter speed, I would love to stop those hummers wings!

I, like Sandi have many fav shots, but I love my yotes so here is a couple of my favorites of them.





And I love bears!



Okay a hummer shot

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27. SBKaren
6:25 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
OK, on my desktop. The picture I posted below of the boys is not mine. It was taken by my son-in-law with his camera. I don't know what he uses, but it's a fancy dancy one!

Here are a couple of my favorites taken with my point and shoot. Both lucky shots!


This bee was having fun on my poppies. I took so many trying to capture him. I think this was the only one that turned out well.


Shadows of the Seal Beach pier.
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26. mobal
12:32 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Speeking of the DSLR's. I use Nikon D90's in our 3 studio's at work. We shoot automtive components for catalogs, websites and other markrting stuff. I personally use a Canon 60D. You cant go wrong with either camera.
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25. sandiquiz
12:03 PM GMT on November 19, 2012
Hi GG -
I had to go on a search for the camera I used for the shot of the lamb, as I took both my Canon and my Panasonic and couldn't remember which I had used.
It was my Panasonic DMC-FZ45, the previous camera I traded in for the FZ150.

I would willingly tell you how I get my shots, but 9 times out of 10 I let the camera do it, with it set on the 'Intelligent Auto' setting.

"INTELLIGENT AUTO. Set the Model dial to the red iA camera icon and press the Shutter button halfway down to prompt the camera to identify the scene and set the camera appropriately."

To achieve the ISO of 80, which is possible in the Panasonic cameras, I had the +/- EV (Exposure Value Compensation setting)set at +1/3

Check out this good web page on EV settings
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24. GardenGrrl
11:05 AM GMT on November 19, 2012
Good Morning All,looks to be warmer today. Already 56f.

Hi Plapman, I know what you mean about the view finder. Can't see whats on my cellphone either when I'm outside. Kind of miss having actual buttons on the phone. If you get a camera with a view finder that you can put your eye to, that works a lot better outside.

Hi Briar, thanks. You have posted some pretty decent photos. I remember the iris collection you posted. that was really cool. Have you tried doing long zoom macro photos yet? You can zoom in on a flower with a tiny bug from 15ft away, hit the first macro button on the camera and get a really cool shot without chasing off the little buggy. Wonder if you could do that with a single cat eye?

Hi Sandi, so glad you are getting some glorious days. Perhaps we could shift some of that rain to our dryer states.
You know, I had no idea that ISO could go below 100. Is that with a point n shoot or your dslr? It's a great shot of a back lit subject.
This is my long weekend so off Wednesday and Thursday Thanks-Giving for a change. Hooray!
Btw, just thought about this, would you mind giving some tips with your pictures on how you get these great shots...no pressure ;)
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23. sandiquiz
7:44 AM GMT on November 19, 2012


Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 108 mm
ISO Speed 80


Here is another of my shots, taken on full zoom from my trip to Yorkshire at the end of March. The description I wrote was....

'All the little lambs were sleeping this afternoon as the temperatures shot up to 74F!! Far too warm to wear a sheep-skin coat!!'

It was a wonderful week, the sun shone for the whole time, and nary a drop of rain fell. It was probably the best week of this year, weather wise, as it began to rain on the 9th April and has done so, on and off, ever since!!

How much work do you get to do this week... Do you get Thursday off or are you covering for someone again!
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22. BriarCraft
12:48 AM GMT on November 19, 2012
Fun idea you got, inviting folks to post a favorite pic along with describing the camera that captured it. I hope you get some more takers.
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