Let the shopping begin. I wonder, should I get a SLR with a couple of different lenses? The last SLR camera I had (film) never did get much use. With kids there was always plenty of other things to haul around…..diapers, toys, snacks, juice boxes, etc. A bulky camera just wasn’t a priority. My little point and shoot Olympus Stylus Zoom, water-resistant :-), was the camera of choice and kids became the main subject. Used and abused, that camera served me well and provided years of memories archived in photo albums.
So after A LOT of soul-searching and shopping, I purchased TWO new cameras, both will fit in a purse or pocket for optimum use. The first purchase and the main camera is another Panasonic Lumix. This one is a DMC-ZS15. It has quite a few more settings and options than my last Lumix point and shoot. I had tons of fun playing around with it on our recent trip to Steamboat. However…..I confess, the best photos were taken in the “intelligent” mode. I believe the camera is indeed, at this point, smarter than the photographer.
My second purchase was a Panasonic Lumix waterproof camera TS-20. This camera is good to 16′ below the water’s surface. So should we ever go snorkeling, this is the camera for the job. It’s also good for hiking in the rain, which is the real reason behind me buying this little guy. Once again, one must be smart enough to adjust the settings for the task at hand.
During this trip to Steamboat Lake State Park, we experienced a couple of rain storms. I don a raincoat and boots and head out of the RV in search of photo ops during one such storm. I would like to capture ringlets of water as the raindrops fall, but each time I set out upon this task the rain stops. Fortunately there were plenty of other photo opportunities available. Not wanting to ruin another camera via water exposure, I’m sure to take the waterproof camera on this outing.
Like any kid with a new toy, I’m excited to play with this little camera. It takes pretty good pictures, especially in the IA mode. Off I go… exploring…. in search. I slip and slide on some of the muddy, wet trails. I snap away. Ain’t digital great? If you don’t like….. delete! No more paying for bad photos to be developed.
I return to the rig and quickly download my photos…..”Gosh, I’m so excited. I bet I got a few really scenic shots”. NOT! “What the heck happened?” With head bowed, I confess, the camera was set to photograph food. My wonderful husband, Al, cannot contain his laughter when I explain the camera setting. You see, Mr. Protector had kept his eye on me from the comfort of the RV whilst I was traipsing around in the mud and rain. Somehow he found that entertaining. I was sure not to get out of hubby’s line of sight too terribly long as this is Bear and Mountain Lion country and he doesn’t like me running around the woods by myself.
So although I had a good time, I was disappointed with the results. Live and learn. Oh, did I hear you ask, “Didn’t you look at the dial or the LCD display?” “Sure I did, without glasses though”. Now for the BIG confession…..I need glasses, but don’t always wear them! I leave the camera in IA mode, point and shoot. Without glasses on, I still see outlines and shapes and snap away, hoping for a good result. I’ve tried, I’ve tried really hard to get used to the bifocals and usually end up using the drug store purchased cheap readers. I use the readers half the time when I’m out photographing and the other half I wing it.
Al has specifically asked me not to wear the bifocals when we’re out hiking and exploring. I have actually lost my balance more than once and ended up on the ground. Yes, I have incurred some minor injuries but more embarrassment than anything else. So as I fight getting older, I find ways to compensate for my short comings. I am able to see large objects and shapes on the LCD monitor and guess on anything else. Photography is my fun, not my profession….thank goodness. I realize, some of my photos are better than others and now you know …… I can blame the glasses, or rather lack there of and no one need know the truth but me…..lol.