HS50 Camera; Moon #23

By: GardenGrrl , 11:34 PM GMT on January 11, 2014

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It's Christmas Again!
My new camera and some chocolate from Moonstruck Chocolates both showed up at the same time :D Because I am hard to buy for people either gave me Amazon gift cards or chocolate for Christmas. With those gift cards I bought a brand spankin new camera for birding.

Drum rolllllll......
The Fuji HS50. It is their latest and greatest from the HS series and simply blows the older ones away. For a camera under $500 (include Sandisk SD Class 10 95mbs card, 58mm Sigma UV filter (to protect lens) extra battery). This baby rocks the house.

It has zoom from 24mm to 1000mm optical and to 2000mm digital. It has a really fast focus. Better than other point and shoots. Actually a bit better than my high dollar camera.

It isn't a Canon with a $2000 lens, but it is great for taking far off pictures of birds and being able to ID them.

If you want to know more here is the link to it on Amazon so you can read the specs. HS50 Link

The following are pictures I took today. They were all shot in EXR Auto which choses the scene and settings for you. None of them have been post processed. This is straight from the camera.

First is a series showing the zoom. All taken in the same spot.

This is at 24mm. My tulip hood got a bit askew so you can see it in corners.



This next shot is at 1000mm optical.



Now we move into digital zoom at 1000mm x 1.4



Here is digital zoom 1000mm x 2.0



It has been such a great day. Found a new place to go walk around. Saw; red shouldered hawk, yellow rump warbler, gold finches, Canvas back ducks, American Widgeons, Northern Shovelers, Lessor Scaups, cormorants, Pied Bill Grebe, a pelican, mallards and a Muscovey Duck. How's that for a great bird day? Did I mention chocolate too?

Here are some of my shots.





American Widgeon and Coot going into water.






Manual Focus
I had to use the manual focus on this shot. It is not as fast as my fancy camera when using the manual focus, but it works.



Male Lessor Scaup

Northern Shovelers (GardenGrrl)
From new camera Fuji HS50
Northern Shovelers
American Widgeon (GardenGrrl)
From new camera Fuji HS50
American Widgeon
Bottoms Up (GardenGrrl)
From new camera Fuji HS50
Bottoms Up

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63. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:24 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
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62. sandiquiz
9:50 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Happy Saturday, our Saturday anyway, your Sunday.
Hope the weather behaved, allowing you and Roxie to get out to play.

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61. palmettobug53
3:14 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Mornin', GG.

We're finally warming up a bit. The next couple of nights won't be quite so cold. We still have some freezing temps coming again on Tuesday. We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out.

Oh, Sandi! "We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing." I must have run across that over 30 years ago and it's been my mantra at work ever since!
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60. plapman
2:32 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Great photos GardenGrrl.
Have a great day.
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59. BriarCraft
7:39 AM GMT on January 25, 2014
It's downright nippy where you are -- 28º at present. Hope you're managing to keep toasty warm most of the time, but please be brave and go out as often as it takes to keep the little birdies loaded up with high fat, high protein food to keep them warm.

Oh, and thanks for mooning me and everyone who reads my blog! You did good.
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58. WeatherWise
4:53 AM GMT on January 25, 2014
Hi GardenGrrl, I agree with Rob, you are getting beautiful shots with your new camera. Keep them coming! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great weekend!
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57. RobDaHood
12:32 AM GMT on January 24, 2014
Just wanted to let you know how much I've been enjoying your new camera...or at least the photos you are taking with it.
Keep it up!

And Sandi...#51 is very nice too!
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56. Thoughtsteader
12:23 AM GMT on January 24, 2014
Just so you know, we're both colder than one of my friends in Calgary, but you're falling much faster than we are (of course). It's 41 here, down from 60, and everything's wet from some showers that came through. We'll see where it goes, but there is pink and purple on my radar. North, of course - but still there!

Clearly, there will be no work tomorrow. Crazy that the weekend is supposed to be back up into the 60s. I'd be much happier if the bad weather came on the weekend, but of course that's only my perverse and personal desire to keep my schedule rolling, since I can't get into the marinas on the weekend. Selfish me. ;)

If I can get all my other chores done, it seems like tomorrow would be a great time to devote a couple of hours to reading my camera manual. I finally found it online and have the pdf, so I can go through it page by page and print out what seems useful. I'd like to turn it into a word document, but there seems to be some sort of "lock" on it that won't allow the program to do that. Maybe I just can't figure it out.

Anyway, online is fine. It's the reading that's important, one way or another. When I get tired of the instruction manual, I may clean out my bookmarks. Or sort and categorize my photos. Or, even better, make a big pot of soup - or two. I brought home both chicken and stew meat from the market today, so I may just do a beef stew and some tortilla soup. I'll freeze the extra and be done with cooking at night for several meals. Yum!
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55. WeatherWise
10:29 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
Hi Garden Girl, Not much going on here except COLD weather - no walks so far this week - too cold! It is not going to get better right away.
Tonight re WU Cold 9°F above. Wind chill 1°F above.
Friday upper 20s. Wind chill 4°F below -
Friday Night Cold 13°F. Wind chill 3°F above.

So looks like NO walk in sight - Guess I need to dust the stationary bike off. I would must rather be walking. Love all of your great photos with your new birding camera. Keep on posting them on WU!
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54. WatchinTheSky
9:34 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
We need to keep our material cutting lasers cool, don't cha know?

Got chased back inside? At least the birds got some food first! Hope you have a good run for important supplies tomorrow ;)
Yikes, I just saw it was 28 - that IS cold. But nice for Sat-Sun (70)?
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53. GardenGrrl
9:06 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
Wow, I bet that could get WU AC Sandi!
It's amazing what having the right camera can do to get someone jazzed about photography. Is your sister still taking pictures here and there?

Hi WTS, a cold water polytank. What do you guys do?
Well, the wind and cold has chased me back indoors after feeding the backyard birds. Maybe will go to store tomorrow for brownie ingredients. I still have a box of chocolate to keep me happy.
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52. WatchinTheSky
7:37 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
Morning GG! Well, it's morning here for 30 more minutes ;)
Cold and NOT windy here, frost on the rooftops on my drive in this morning! Might have to think about moving if it's gonna get cold LOL! We'll be struggling to make mid 70s for the next couple days, then back to upper 70s.
I know how you like to slip those raspberries into your recipes :) they go so well with dark choc! Like your conclusion - BOTH!

Mr Jireček was ahead of his time, can easily be said today!

'Plastic welding', We welded up a polypropylene cold water tank a few years ago at work.
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51. sandiquiz
5:56 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
I thought you might like to see this photo.

I bought my sister - who dislikes cameras and taking photos - a Canon Powershot SX240 HS before she went out to Australia and NZ.
She has not much artistic ability, but loved the results from the little Canon that she took over 500 photos, the most she has probably ever taken!

She sent me about a dozen to see, and she was especially proud of this one!

I would have been pleased to have taken this one myself!!




"We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing." I love this - I think it will become my mantra!
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50. GardenGrrl
4:14 PM GMT on January 23, 2014
Good Morning. Cold and WINDY here. Poor spouse is working outside today trying to do plastic welding on an exhaust duct at work. Do the managers not understand plastic does not weld very good in cold temperatures?
For those wondering about plastic welding it is sort of like metal welding in that there is a bead of heated material that melts and joins two larger pieces of plastic together. Polypropylene to be exact.
This is a thirty inch exhaust duct.

Now chant along with the worker bees prayer;


“We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.”

If you wondering this quote is actually from this guy; Dec 13, 1881- Konstantin Josef Jireček He was a Czech historian, diplomat and slavist. (Slavist, a specialist is the study of Slavic languages.) I had to look that up to make sure I understood it correctly.

Okay WTS, my curiosity about dark chocolate orange infused brownies is indeed piqued. Was considering making dark chocolate brownies with chocolate chips and raspberries. Then when it comes out of the oven, put a caramel wrap on top to melt over it. Dark chocolate and orange sounds a bit more subtle and quite delicious. It's settled. I will try both.

Hi Briar, am glad they got the recipe sorted out. I like to use what ever is on hand. Did, however have to go get the sesame seeds and cornmeal. It was a secondary idea at the store when I was getting ingredients for tzekki sauce. ( A cucumber, garlic, dill and greek yogurt dip.) Very yummy with warmed up pita bread although quite easy to just start eating by it's self.
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49. BriarCraft
8:00 AM GMT on January 23, 2014
I see Bug and Sandi got your recipe ingredients all sorted out, so I'll backtrack to this from #28: I was having one of those squirrely moments earlier and had to ask myself; how juvenile would it be to write across the picture "I'm Mooning You" and post it in peoples blogs :D
We can grow old, but do I have to grow up?


I hope you never grow up. Or lose that delightful, semi-twisted sense of humor of yours. Anybody who covets a remote-controlled flying grim reaper and goes around poking unsuspecting squirrels in the tummy should never, ever grow up!
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48. WatchinTheSky
3:59 AM GMT on January 23, 2014
Happy weekend, GG! Theia still does that (3feet up!) occasionally ;)
Mrs WTS has a killer brownie recipe! Dark chocolate and she swapped the oil in the recipe for blood orange infused olive oil - mmmm... 'Course they go great with champagne :) Having some tonight, of course!
Have a good 'weekend' , stay warm!
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47. GardenGrrl
11:10 AM GMT on January 22, 2014
Good Morning, it's my Friday!
It is going to be really cold this weekend (for Texas). Am going to spend my work hours day dreaming about something good to cook while stuck indoors.
Hmmm, stew, soup, pot roast?

It is national blonde brownie day, I can think of creating a super brownie that pales the blond brownie and is so good it warrants it's own holiday. Yeah. That's an ambitious thought.

Hi Mom.

Hi Bug, fried pork chops actually sound great this morning. Deep fried? Sounds like a new delicacy to be sold at our state fair.

Prose, thank you for the hug and one back atcha (((Prose)))

Sandi, what is it about apples that goes so good with pork? I had mac-n-cheese for lunch yesterday. Great minds eat a like?

WTS, I like that. National Hug a Squirrel Day. Have not hugged a squirrel, but did poke an inattentive wild squirrel in the belly once. It shot three feet straight up in the air. Ticklish I guess.
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46. WatchinTheSky
7:01 PM GMT on January 21, 2014
Hi GG! I hear it is Hug a Squirrel Day ;)

Looks like your chances for rain the next 10 days is the same as ours - 0% with a couple of 10%s thrown in. I think we'll make it through one of the rainiest months with none!
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45. sandiquiz
11:43 AM GMT on January 21, 2014
Hi GG - Happy Tuesday :)

Bug, I am glad to hear pork is usually baked and not deep fried!! lol

Funnily enough, I am having pork and apple tonight with Cauliflower Cheese! Yum!!
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44. Proserpina
11:37 AM GMT on January 21, 2014
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43. palmettobug53
2:40 PM GMT on January 20, 2014
Hi, GG. Another busy work week, huh? I owe, I owe...

Sandi, I worded that a bit awkwardly. Chicken is the only thing I've seen coated and pan or deep fried. Pork chops are coated and pan fried. I've never seen anyone deep fry a pork chop, though I suppose some soul food places might do so. Nor have I heard of anyone coating and frying any other cut of pork. We pan fry ham slices and bacon but they're naked. All the other cuts are baked in the oven.
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42. sandiquiz
2:31 PM GMT on January 20, 2014
Good morning, GG, it is a longweek, isn't it? Hope it goes quickly!!

Bug, I have never bought any prepared sauce or coating mix. I suppose doing the job I did meant I avoided convenience foods, of any type.
And as to deep frying pork....oh, boy!!
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41. GardenGrrl
1:29 AM GMT on January 20, 2014
CALPOPPY! You snuck in while I was posting that big long reply. So the TNT let the little yote eat the peacock food? Wouldn't that be something if you added a wild coyote to your pack.
Speaking of, saw your photo in Prose blog today. Wow.

Okay, have to eat and go to bed. another bigh work day tomorrow.

And yes, I meant Instant Mashed Potatoes.
Thought they would help bind everything together with the yogurt. It works ;)
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40. palmettobug53
6:47 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Sandi, since Colman's doesn't seem to have a version for pork, I'd suggest the roast chicken.

Shake 'n Bake is a little different from Season and Shake. Shake 'n Bake is a seasoning and coating mix designed to create a crisp crust on meats baked in the oven. It is promoted as a healthier alternative to the seasoned flour we dredge chicken or pork chops in before pan frying or deep frying.

I think you might be able to substitute Colman's, as I think GG is using that mainly for the seasoning. Just don't bake in the bag! lol

While we don't see Colman's Season and Shake here, we do see Colman's Mustard. I knew the name as soon as I saw it. 'That's the mustard people!'

We also have several different products to season and bake in the bag, like the Colman's product you mentioned.

ADD: Did a little Googling and came up with the fact that it's basically a coating mix of seasoned breadcrumbs and/or flour. Different seasonings for different meats or flavours. You shake the meat and season packet in a bag and then bake the meat in the oven.

There are also plenty of homemade Shake 'n Bake recipes online. This one looks like the basic one they first came out with for chicken: Link

Here's a recipe for the Pork Shake 'n Bake: Link
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39. sandiquiz
5:43 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Bug - thanks for that. After a search I found Colman's make something similar called Season and shake !
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38. palmettobug53
5:37 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
Oooooh... love the third moon shot. Would make a nice header pic for a Halloween blog!

For Sandi:

Shake 'n Bake GG used the one for pork.

Cornflour and cornmeal are two different things.

Cornflour is what we call corn starch. It is ground to a fine chalky white powder and is used as a thickening agent in sauces. It is also added to some cakes and biscuits.

Cornmeal is much coarser and is used to make polenta, corn muffins and corn bread. It is a staple in Southern U.S. kitchen pantries. We eat a LOT of corn bread!

As for the plain, dry potato flakes? I think GG is talking about instant mashed potato flakes. Correct me if I'm wrong, GG.
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37. sandiquiz
1:36 PM GMT on January 19, 2014
I read your marinated chicken recipe and understood most of it... (why do some American recipes sound to from another planet, not just another continent)! lol Your probably think the same about my recipes, written in grams!

What are....
pork shake-n-bake??
cornmeal (is this what we call cornflour?)
plain dry potato flakes??


As for using yogurt, I do everytime I am going to curry the meat. It helps absorb the flavours better:)

Managed to take the Canon in the garden this morning... the sun was shining!! Yeah!
Talking of the Canon, I had been telling a friend that I thought the lens was dusty after not using it for a couple of years. She said, "Have you used the 'sensor' cleaner?"
She was right, I do have one. Found it hidden in the tools on the menu!! Who knew these things!!
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36. WatchinTheSky
10:52 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Happy 2nd Saturday this week? Mrs WTS leaves in a week and with all the prep for the trip and then the trip, 'C&C' will probably have to wait for a few weeks - oh well. A free meal out is fine and all, but what you whipped up sounds even better, yum! I don't recall any rule saying we had to grow up!! Hopefully Yeti arranges the salmon in his spare time ;)
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35. GardenGrrl
10:31 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Okay, a quick sit down after a busy day of petting rescue kitties and buying exactly two small crickets to feed the pitcher plants.
Will put up a blog sometime of the orchids and pitcher plants that are prolifically blooming and producing right now.
Stopped at the garden center to buy pansies and snap dragons. They look great in the round garden outside my kitchen window :)

And of course taking Roxie for a long walk because it is nice out.

For Linda,
Gardengrrls Original Chicken Marinated in Yogurt

Need two boneless skinned chicken breasts
one cup greek yogurt
some pork shake-n-bake
cornmeal
plain dry potato flakes
sesame seeds (a must!)
Your favorite spices to add to the breading.
I used salt, pepper, powder garlic, thyme

Rinse chicken breasts, pat dry and cover in yogurt. Place in air tight container and leave in refrigerator overnight.

Mix equal parts shake-n-bake, cornmeal, potato flakes to three parts sesame seeds. Add your spices and mix well.
Place this in plastic bag large enough to toss the chicken in and shake until coated.***

***very important*** leave a nice thick coat of yogurt on the chicken before you bread it.

Heat oven to 375f place battered chicken on cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes depending on how large the meat is.

The coating will not look cooked. Resist the urge to cook longer or it will be dry. Serve with fresh cherry tomatoes or tomato slices. Asparagus would go well too.

Hi Jane, will trade you three days worth of blue skies for three days of unfrozen rain. These nice days are indeed wonderful but we still need water here.

Hi Briar, the waterproof cameras really are fun. Really the only reason I can see for buying a pocket camera considering the quality of phone cameras these days.

Hi Barb, thanks. They really did turn out well. Was surprised at how gold it was. Thought it a sodium street light at first.

Hi Shirly, yes the winter nights have a crystal clearness as times but brrrrr. Hard to stay out real long.
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34. calpoppy
10:16 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
I really like the third moonshoot! You could put witches with broomsticks flying across for Halloween cards! Or maybe bats, lOL!

Our weather has been more then boring! Same day time highs 63 or 64, same night time lows, 42, 44. The only thing that is good is we are getting a ton of stuff done outside. Plus the peacocks and guineas are having a ball with this weather.

We had one of the yote pups from last year come and visit us this morning. Mr. P usually gives the peacocks some dog food in the morning and instead of peacocks we had this little female yote. They sure are slow growing, she is only maybe 1/2 of the size of an adult. Pretty little girl!
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33. WeatherWise
8:44 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Yes, GG, I do like the clear nights. My time ran out, Friday, and I did not get to chase the sunset nor did I venture out in the cold last night for the moon - so no photos to speaik of except the WHO GOES THERE that I posted for Briarcraft. Looks like today is not going to get warm enough for me to go for my walk. Maybe tomorrow. Have a great one and post those moon shots on WU!
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32. barbamz
7:02 PM GMT on January 18, 2014
Very mysterious moon shots! Love them. Like a golden jewel in a nest, lol.
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31. BriarCraft
12:52 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
I love the moon shots, too! The only moon I've seen here in the past month is a bright spot behind whisps of cloud or fog -- not enough to see the whole orb.

A waterproof pocket camera? Until now, I just figured they were super expensive, but no! There's even a website about them:
http://waterproofpocketcamera.org/
Wonder who came up with that as a website name...

No more expensive than that night-vision motion-sensor camera I recently bought. That would definitely solve the problem of taking pictures from a jet boat on the Rogue River or a float trip on the Snake River. Sweet!
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30. Thoughtsteader
12:02 AM GMT on January 18, 2014
Those moon shots are fabulous. I like the scaup, too. We don't seem to get fancy waterfowl, although I hear they're around. It may be that they tend toward places where the water is fresher. I've never thought about that before.

How did you do that chicken? I'm in need of some new chicken recipes, and I've never used yogurt as a marinade. Or, did you marinate it otherwise and add the yogurt? Inquiring minds want to know!
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29. JanesVacation
11:53 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Love the new pics from the new camera! Please, please keep me entertained with those blue skies, blue waters and clear moonshots. My world is getting a little bleak here in the north.
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28. GardenGrrl
11:46 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Hi All, it's Friday and still a bit Christmas. Have gift cards to Chili's so not cooking tonight. Yesterday marinated chicken breasts in yogurt and baked with a sesame seed / cornmeal batter, fresh spinach sautéed in butter with bacon bits and little cherry tomatoes on the side. Top that Chili's.

Hi Shirly, don't you just love the super clear night skies to see all the stars and planets? Clouds are ok during the day, but night skies are best clear.

Hi WTS, the shutter speed was 130 and the aperture F5.6 I think I was using the black and white film setting as well. Hey isn't it champagne and chocolate time for you? Has Mrs WTS taken off with the Yeti for his promotional tour? Be sure to ask her to bring you back fresh salmon if she can find some.

Hi Prose, thanks for coming by :)

Hi Skypony, thanks. I was having one of those squirrely moments earlier and had to ask myself; how juvenile would it be to write across the picture "I'm Mooning You" and post it in peoples blogs :D
We can grow old, but do I have to grow up?
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27. Skyepony (Mod)
9:27 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Great moon shots!
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26. Proserpina
8:20 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Hi GG, bye GG!
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25. WatchinTheSky
6:55 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Nice shots, GG! Do you remember shutter speed and ISO on the last one?
Weekend is coming, Yay!
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24. WeatherWise
4:41 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Thanks for posting your moon shots in the blog. Great moon shots - I loved that golden moon at moonrise Wednesday and Thursday! Was amazing. I got a few shots in before clouds overtook the moon on Wednesday. Thursday, last night, was clear so got moonrise at golden point and moon later at night time as was a super clear night.
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23. GardenGrrl
4:16 PM GMT on January 17, 2014
Hi Oz, thanks. Yes I really do hope you all get a break from the heat. That is just too hot.

Hey All, here are some moon shots. The yellow ones were taken on the 15th. It was kind of hazy so while the tree shots are kind of neat, the actual plain old moon shots were very soft with little detail.

Also, the yellow shots through the trees were done with the manual focus.







Oh yeah, all these were shot with the 1.4x digital zoom on.

This moon was cropped in PicMonkey and contrast tweaked +2. It was already very dark out and the moon very bright. Used a sort of small aperture F5.6, and this seemed to give the best results.


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22. ozgalah
10:47 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
Hi great photos! Thank you for the thoughts on Sandi's blog hopefully we will get a break this weekend!
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21. GardenGrrl
5:47 PM GMT on January 16, 2014
Hi WTS, no matter the day a Saturday is always good.

Hi Shirly, got out and took some shots but the atmosphere was so reflective I could not get the detail I wanted. Kind of like trying to take a picture of a street light.

Hi Calpoppy, really at this point for purse size cameras the only two choices are to update ones smart phone or get one of those waterproof pocket size point and shoots.

Hi Sandi, seems at this point in time with the quality of point and shoots, the questions are; do you need to print your pictures in high resolution or poster size...and do you like to carry a lot of equipment and fiddle with gadgets?
One thing with point and shoots is they seem to over saturate the color a bit. It is not as life like but to my eye I prefer vibrant although a bit unrealistic color.
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20. sandiquiz
7:56 AM GMT on January 16, 2014
I am like you, GG, keeping all my old cameras. I have no idea why I keep them, just because:)
I did, though, get out the Canon DSLR on Tuesday, and dust it off!
The sun was shining so I decided to take the Canon, once the flat battery was recharged, and the FZ150 and go over to the lake to see the floods.

I thought I would see if there was a marked difference between them.

The Canon really does capture sharp images... as seen in this shot of the catkins. It also produces wonderful depth of field. I was about ten feet away when i took this, as the tree was underwater, so I was not getting too close!




Here is a comparison shot. The 150 takes a slighter wider angle shot, so it was difficult cropping the image to get the same as the Canon, but it is as near as I could get it.
Both shots SOOC, with no editing, other than cropping.... the Canon on the left produces a slightly more realistic colour, and depth of colour, but I feel there isn't that much difference.




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19. calpoppy
8:11 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
I am still looking for that great P&S purse camera, may take a while. Was thinking of an Iphone but it may be a lot cheaper to look into a regular camera.

I have the son's and daughters of your larkspur seeds coming up in my veggie garden :))
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18. WeatherWise
6:30 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
GG Thanks for the moon tip. I got some moon shots Tuesday - am thinking will not get moon tonight - WED - FULL MOON as there is a promise of rain, flurries or whatever which will perhaps bring cloud cover this evening. Hope you have great photo shoot this weekend.
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17. WatchinTheSky
6:08 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
Happy 'Saturday' GG!
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16. GardenGrrl
6:07 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
Hi Briar, I am a collector and packrat of tools, toys and books. Often tools and toys are the same thing ;D

Someone else mentioned selling my extras, but spares are good to have. I have my first Fuji that is smaller than both HS cameras. It is the sacrificial camera for places where it might be easy to lose one etc. It also fits in a large purse. Then I have my waterproof pocket camera. Not much zoom, but it fits in my front jeans pocket and is water proof/shock resistant. Great for water rides or rainy days on an outing. I highly recommend a waterproof pocket camera. Bring one to a festival if they are calling for rain. You will get some great shots during a downpour.

Hi Shirly, thanks. I'm really jazzed about this one. Am hoping for clear skies this week to get some moon shots as it is full.

Tip, when taking pictures of the moon, do it before it gets dark out. The brighter the moon, the less detail on the photo. Also use a fairly quick shutter setting.


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15. WeatherWise
1:50 PM GMT on January 15, 2014
Hi Garden Girl - Congratulations on your new camera! The photos are excellent - Look forward to seeing lots of great photos on WU from Garden Girl. Thanks for the great info. Have a wonderful photo day - The sun is shining and cold start this am but think that is to change over to rain this afternoon. Shirly aka Weatherwise
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14. BriarCraft
1:22 AM GMT on January 15, 2014
Generally speaking, I'm more like WTS in the camera department. I've never had more than one functioning camera at a time. If I do buy the HS50, it will be a first for me to buy before the old one breaks. Then again, it's for such occasions that Craigslist exists. I'll just have to figure out how much to ask.
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13. GardenGrrl
11:02 AM GMT on January 14, 2014
Good Morning, it's 34f and clear. The moon is really bright at this pre-dawn hour. It's my Friday so am looking forward to a great weekend playing with the camera, chasing birds and catching up on phone calls.
Hi Mom!

Hi Sandi, how lucky to have some art training. I always wanted to go to art school but I hear having a large amount of talent is a pre-requisite. Being practical and knowing I can't make a living at it I took a different path. (Although I was not a bad tattoo artist. One doesn't have to be good at drawing. One has to have a very steady hand, a good eye and the ability to trace patterns on a soft moving surface with a vibrating machine exactly.) Now art is a many faceted hobby and in trying out different mediums I have a lot fun and learn to appreciate talent in others.
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