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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hooray for Macro!

I rec'd my digital camera (a Canon PowerShot A570is,) as a wedding present last Oct. Being more used to a traditional SLR, I've had some problems getting used to the camera--the user's guides just didn't supply enough information. As a result, I recently invested in the "Introduction to the Canon PowerShot A570is/A630/A640/A710is" DVD, which I recommend highly to anyone who's new to this line of cameras. As mentioned on the DVD itself, the camera's user guides are like the owner's manual for your car--although they offer a lot of information, they don't teach you how to drive. This DVD teaches you to drive like a pro, placing the full capabilities of these cameras firmly in the user's hands. Although I haven't had much time to play with all of the new information, I did go out in our backyard the other day to play with my macro setting. Here are some results;
Fetterbush flowers.
Blackberry flowers.
A Carolina jasmine flower.
A metallic wood boring beetle on our deck (almost 2" long.)

I'm so excited about everything I can now do with my camera I can hardly wait to get out this weekend & "drive it like I stole it."
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A very special thanks to David McMahon for including this in his Post Of The Day.

29 comments:

Billy said...

Ya done good, Lana. I love the bug and the line of blackberry flowers the best. Nice composition. I think you are indeed learning to drive!!!

Shauna Roberts said...

We've had our digital camera for four years, and I still am not using most of the functions. I especially miss the macro ability of my SLR (the digital camera has one, but I don't know how to use it). Your pictures are great and have inspired me to put "learn to use camera" on my every-growing do-list.

Natural said...

i have a canon A540. i too loved my SLR, but will probably get a digital one later in life. it's nice not to develop film. your pictures look great!

Travis Erwin said...

These shots are great, but then again i always enjoy your photos.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Beautiful, clear shots!!! WOOT for that camera. I'm getting a better one soon too and can't wait.

Especially love the flowering huckeberry. How exquisite!!!

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

Billy; Thank you! I'm very much looking forward to playing around with the settings, now that I know the hows & whys!

Shauna; I recommend it, highly. Digital cameras are capable of SO MUCH!

NW; Thanks. If there's one thing I don't miss (& there's a lot, actually,) it's developing film. I don't know that I could go back to analog now, y'know? Digital's spoiled me rotten.

Travis; You're too kind. *blush*

JJ; Congratulations on your impending camera! I'm sure you'll love it & take many beautiful shots. :) I was delighted to find the huckleberry, too. Had I not ventured out to the back edge of my property I would have never seen it!

Kate S said...

Those are beautiful, Lana! I can't wait to see what you come up with next. :)

WordVixen said...

Gorgeous shots! Do you think it would focus well on a small piece of jewelry? Say, a ring? My Canon A60 is a great vacation camera, but one of the reasons that I don't sell the jewelry I make is because I can't get a good detail shot.

Donnetta Lee said...

Wow, Lana! What neat shots. I really like the first one the very best. You have a lot of talent--with or without the camera! Wish you were in Oklahoma. We could run around together! Both married to psychologist. We'd have a lot to talk about! Ha!
Donnetta

Travis said...

The bug pic gave me the heebies.

That's a good analolgy for user manuals. Sometimes they just aren't as useful as they could be.

Tom said...

Wow Lana, I'm really impressed. You'll have to post that picture of the bug at bugguide.net and see if anyone there could put a name on it! Its absolutely amazing what small little cameras can do nowadays. Some can even focus on something pushed up against the lens glass!

Tom

Chris said...

WOW Lana! Great pictures! Smart idea to get that dvd! You're going to get so many terrific pictures to paint from!!!
:)

david mcmahon said...

Lovely work, Lana. Never be afraid to experiment - it's great to see these terrific pictures on your blog.

More, please!

And if there's anything I can do to help with your photography questions, you know where to find me.

Lana Gramlich said...

Kate; Thanks!

Wordvixen; It should--those huckleberry flowers are very, very tiny.

Donnetta; You're very kind! Yes, I'm sure we'd have MUCH to talk about!

Travis; The bug gave ME the heebie jeebies when I saw him--he was pretty HUGE, for a bug! I was afraid he'd make a move for me while I was taking the shot, in which case I was fully prepared to do the "total freak out" dance. Fortunately, the camera has video, too. *LOL*
My user's guides were so useless they depressed me. This video is AWESOME, however.

Tom; LSU's bug people were kind enough to ID it for me. Considering the page they sent, I'd say it's most likely the Drury variety.

Chris; Yes! Although I was happy enough with the camera before, now I'm totally psyched!

David; Thanks! I appreciate it. :)

ivan said...

Great pics, Lana.

I was never too good at photography.

Had to team up with an adept at J-school in order to pass the craft.

He at least could get me past the F-stop on my Pentax!

ChristineEldin said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the blackberry flowers. Very pretty.

Have fun with your camera! It seems like you are!

ammaro said...

those are pretty darn good for a point and shoot...

i cant take photos with them anymore though, since i got my SLR... always feel the quality is lacking. but hey, definately an excellent choice if you cant (or dont want to) carry heavy equipment all around with you!

Lana Gramlich said...

Ivan; Thanks. What kind of Pentax did you have? I fell in love with an Asahi Pentax years ago...

Christine; Thank you. Those blackberry flowers are all over our neighborhood right now. They're very lovely!

Ammaro; Considering all of the settings & adjustments available on this camera (not to mention the attachments available,) it's far more comparable to an analog SLR than a point & shoot. I'm totally hooked on this great little digital. I don't know that I would ever go back to analog, to be honest.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm glad you found out how to use the macro. I know you were sometimes frustrated at not being able to focus on small items. This realy is cool. I love the metallic bug.

Miladysa said...

""drive it like I stole it."

LOL First time I have heard that saying.

All of these photographs are beautiful - I have never seen a poor photograph from you - you have such an eye.

Looking forward to seeing what you collect on your drive :-D

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Thanks, baby. I'm very excited about it. :)

Miladysa; That's really the 1st time you've heard that? Over here it seems like a fairly common saying. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your appreciation. I'm a very "visual" person & like to share. :)

Merisi said...

Congratulations, you are a very fast learner, great pictures!
(I came over from David's)

Lana Gramlich said...

Merisi; Thank you!

Michelle's Spell said...

Great pictures! I totally dig my digital camera and could not do without it. I got a telephoto lens for Christmas this year which has proven to be very cool as well -- I can barely remember what it was like before you could take tons of pictures without worrying about wasting film. Have fun with yours this weekend, beautiful!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; I'm considering a telephoto lens for mine as well, but I'd have to get a tripod first, of course. All things in time...Digital cameras just flat out rock.

CrazyCath said...

Hi lana - I came over from David's blog. Following some advice from him, I plan on getting me a quality digital camera.

The shots you took are magnificent.

Lana Gramlich said...

Crazycath; Thanks for stopping by & commenting! A digital camera may be a bit to get used to, but the benefits are too numerous to count. I'm totally hooked (especially now that I have really good information!) Best of luck to you!

Sphinx Ink said...

Gorgeous pix, Lana! So beautiful. You have a wonderful eye and great talent for composition.

Lana Gramlich said...

Sphinx Ink; Thank you so much. :)

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