E had tried to give me a new camera for Christmas, but I was both picky and unsure of exactly which features I wanted, so she wound up returning the one she’d gotten and promising to buy me one once I figured out what I wanted. (She rocks. And I love that we can just be honest with each other about gifts that don’t quite work out.)
Of course, figuring out exactly what I wanted in a camera was tricky and I kept putting off any decisions. But since we’re going on vacation soon and my old camera was dying, that finally spurred me into doing a bunch of research and then test-driving some cameras at a local store. End result — I am now the very happy owner of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 complete with a very sweet 8x optical zoom lens.
I’ve been playing around with the camera so I’ll be familiar with it in time for our trip. So far most of my pictures are of either the plants in the yard or the cat, because compared to the other potential subjects around here, they do not
A) get annoyed when I take too many pictures of them
B) pick their noses
C) bury themselves in a pile of wood chips.
The resolution for these photos is about 10X what my old camera can do, which means I can take a generic picture like this:
and then crop it to the geranium that M gave E for Mother’s Day and still get a really clear photo like this:
I’ve actually been doing double duty with my cat photos. The local free mostly-ads newspaper is having a contest in which you’re supposed to send in pictures of your pets reading the newspaper. Grand prize is a gift certificate to the pet food store, so that’s enough incentive for me to haul a copy of the free paper around with me while I’m out in the yard playing with my new camera. However, I’m not going to submit this photo, as the most appropriate caption would have to be, “I don’t read the paper, and I don’t even want to look at it, and you can’t make me.”