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My Devices

Devices All Three

Some of you have wondered what cameras I use for my photos.

I have three, but mostly use my little point and click Canon.

Canon Digital IXUS  95 IS

With a resolution of 10 Megapixels and a 3.0 optical zoom lens.

Devices Canon 1

Although it is quite old now, it is extremely forgiving and takes decent pictures no matter what I ask of it. You can see that the poor thing has been dropped a few times, resulting in the dents in the zoom.

Devices Canon 2

It somehow manages to take a shot in focus even if the subject is moving, or more usually, I am moving! It automatically adjusts for light and speed.

And it fits nicely in my pocket!

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I also have a better quality Nikon camera.

NIKON D3100  

With a resolution of 14.2 Megapixels and a 3.0 optical zoom lens (the same zoom as the Canon.)

Devices Nikon 1

It takes much better photos, but even on Auto (which I mostly use!) is not very forgiving. I have to have a very steady hand, make sure I am not too close to the subject and that the subject does not move.

Devices Nikon 2

I’ve played around with the settings on semi-auto, to get better close ups with more bokeh. I select the aperture (f stop) and the Nikon selects the shutter speed (ISO).

Yes I can hear you laughing at me! Never mind, I have fun taking my photos.

You can see a selection of Nikon photos, from when I was learning to use the camera, in my Nikon-ography series.

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Then there is my Samsung Galaxy Smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy J3 2016

The camera has a resolution of 8 Megapixels. Zooming in does not improve the quality of the photo.

Devices Galaxy 1

However, there is the Selfie option, with the added bonus of a “Beauty” setting. If you set this to the maximum, you won’t have any wrinkles at all!

Devices Galaxy 2

I really like the colour in these photos and the camera is also fairly forgiving.

But – and this is a very big but – you have to have a very steady hand! I have taken countless blurred photos because the technique I use with my Canon simply does not work with my Galaxy. You cannot point and click and walk away with a decent photo. You have to point, click and hold while the camera phone focuses, then either wait for it to finally take the shot, or click again.

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So there you have it. Three ways I take my amazing (ahem!) photos. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and I choose the device according to the shot I’m trying to achieve.

 

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Ducks cannot read!

Ducks swimming

Haiku 127

Swimming unaware

Can’t you read the danger sign?

Effluent waters!

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Ducks swimming 2 – No Swimming Sign

Since these ducks cannot read, they swim regardless. I guess it goes hand in hand with their quack having no echo!

Ducks swimming 3

Still, they looked perfectly healthy – and happy!

 

post script: We met a man while walking round the wine estate and he told us that this little pond had filled up 18 inches with the recent rain. However, you can see that it is still seriously empty, as are all our proper dams.

 

Raindrops on Petals

Plumbago Raindrops 1

Haiku 115

Raindrops on petals

And brightly coloured flowers

My favourite things

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Plumbago Raindrops 2

With more than a nod to the Sound of Music and Maria’s Favourite Things, I present a mini study in raindrops on petals.

Plumbago Raindrops 3

 

post script: No we didn’t get more rain; this is from the other week. It only rained twice here in May. But it should rain tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

 

Honeysuckle Heaven

Raindrops on Honeysuckle

Haiku 114

Raindrops keep falling

Bow your head down thankfully

Capture each crystal

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We finally got some good rains! We’ve only had rain once so far this month and I was beginning to worry we were heading for another bad drought like we had in 2015, 2016 and worst of all, 2017.

I am sure my relief was equally matched by all the plants in my garden, as well as the parched land throughout the Western Cape. (Even though the weight of the raindrops made my poor red honeysuckle bow right down to the grass!)

 

Sea Mountains

Sea Mountains, Kommetjie Beach

 

Haiku 107

Nature’s own artwork

Strata of sand, sea, rock, sky

Calm after the storm

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It had just rained that morning, clearing the air.

Once the clouds started to dissipate, the sun peeped out and the day brightened up. There wasn’t much wind either.

A perfect day for a walk on the beach with a mountain view.

 

This is Kommetjie Beach, Cape Town.