Sunday, February 10, 2008

Daffodils for St Dafyd's Day (photos)

 A potted daffodil opened in time for St Dafyd's Day. Backlighting seems to be a more interesting visual approach.

Daffodil (related to narcissus) admiring itself in a mirror.

Some garden flowers and leaves—good subjects to learn digital photography as they didn't squirm or complain too much. I've always inherited really old technology—people's cast off Macs and cameras. In 2006, I got two small KQED SPARK art grants, which allowed me to buy an iMac and 2 cheap digital cameras. That technology upgrade changed my life and it's been a huge exponential learning curve ever since. I spent off moments lurking in my neighbors' flowerbeds or grabbing photos on the fly. 

My little digital Nikons aren't all that great but they do fit into a jeans pocket and half the battle is being ready to catch the light. I find that the older CoolPix L4 4.1 megapixel camera (dropped dozens of times) is much better at focusing while my S200 7.1 MP camera captures more color info.

My $29.95 made-in-China trainer-bra camera, little better than a cell phone, was half-dead after I accidentally watered it in a creek at the 2005 Kate Wolf Festival (it was 114 degrees) in Memdocino Co. I was sad to see it go as it did such a terrffic job in full sunlight. Though I was able to kick start it on the iMac, it was never quite the same.

It was terrible grainy (3.1 MP) to begin with and had a blue color cast but it had a great macro lens. That's what got me into taking photos of flowers. So I kept it for sentimentality's sake until a fellow Freecycler coming to collect books spotted it. Last I heard, it had a new lease on life and was working perfectly.

Here's hoping the technology fairy will soon send a L14 or a D40 Nikon my way as the trusty little L4 CoolPix that I carry into every class I teach (to document student work), is having a harder time focusing these days.

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