In the Autumn of the year, I take a lot of pictures. Everywhere. All the time. Many of them are lovely. Others are more like a riot of colors without any theme, unless color by itself can be a theme. They are pretty. Would make a wonderful fabric print … or even wallpaper … but they don’t make much of a photograph.
These pictures don’t have perspective. They are pretty and colorful.
Of the thousands of pictures I take, probably 10% get “fixed up” for displaying online. By this I mean cropped and reduced in size, if necessary, straightened, and all around cleaned up. I do a lot of work on some pictures. On others, almost nothing short of signing my name or Garry’s. And before you ask, Garry is never going to use Photoshop. He’s gotten pretty good on managing Facebook and he can write and edit in the dashboard of WordPress. He is a pretty good critic of what I’m doing on the picture. Good eye, good sense of balance, color and perspective. It’s the diddling with the application where he gets lost.
Photoshop is seven nerdy steps above his technical pay grade. It seems to be above the pay grade of a many people, Honestly, of all the things you can do with it, I probably know maybe 4%? The rest I do using filters. I’ve always deeply envied real graphic artists are able to make magic with their software.
Not me, but I learn a little more everyday
I spent almost all day yesterday looking for the one camera I don’t have anymore. I had one and I loved it, but it got old and I banged it up and it never quite shot the way it used to after I whacked the barrel of the lens on a stone fence. When I went to buy another one just like it, they weren’t making them anymore. They exist, but they are much a lot longer, but not nearly as sharp and they do not work as well in low light.
Intermittently, I look for a replacement. I want something small enough to keep in my bag and light enough so I don’t need a hand-truck to move it. I bought a little Sony CoolPix with a nice Tessar lens last month, but it’s slow. Painfully slow. And — noisy. Not the kind of pictures I’m likely to display. I don’t see it becoming my “take everywhere” camera. It’s the right size, but it’s not good enough.
So now, I’m brooding on the Canon Powershot SX-620. The 420, its bigger brother, does everything … and it is so much like my big Panasonic Lumix FZ-300 — about the same size, too — I don’t see the point. I want something I can slip into a shirt pocket, not something that needs another big bag.
Included in this are a selection of noisy pictures because after all, cacophony is the name of the game. And if anyone has used the Canon Powershot SX-620, let me know what you think of it.
It’s on my mind.