Well folks, I’ve finally done it.

I’ve gotten a new camera.

It was my Mother’s Day gift from my husband.  I think he grew tired of me looking at them incessantly which I’ve been doing for about two years.  There may have been a slightly ulterior motive as well, since we have a lot of wildlife on our farm in Virginia and it’s been difficult to snap decent pictures of them with my 3X zoom on my first digital camera.

This new baby is the rock star of automatic non-lens-exchange cameras.

Introducing:

Canon SX50 HS
Canon SX50 HS

I looked at everything, everywhere, and every possible telescoping lens.  No doubt, there are more professional cameras available.  But as our blogging friend Otto Munchow suggested, I needed to find one that would work in my hands.

I have never taken a photography course.  I don’t have the slightest idea – yet – how to manually set a camera to do things I wish it to do.  When traveling, I didn’t want a carry-on that held nothing but camera parts.  And when there is a black bear wandering through the Virginia property, it probably won’t wait until I’m set up before moving on.

So, I decided on this camera and it has arrived.  It’s complicated enough so that I need to figure a few things out.  But, I can set it to Automatic and it will even tell me when to pop up the flash.  And I’ve been getting comfortable with the zoom feature.

This is Gretel on the sofa at regular speed.
This is Gretel on the sofa at regular speed.

Now watch the zoom feature’s capture of her beauty.

Gretel with zoom.
Gretel with zoom.
Gretel looking out window
Gretel looking out window

I’ve picked up water droplets on flower petals.

water on flowers
water on flowers

So, besides doing a little work around the cabin in Virginia, I’m taking this camera – and the manual – along with me this weekend.  It’s an internet free zone, although I have managed a quick post via my telephone if the signal is just right.

Hopefully I will get it all figured out soon and will have some great photos to share with you.

I wish you all a fabulous start to the summer season.  (In America we consider Memorial Weekend the beginning of our summer celebrations.)  And I hope you get a chance to thank a person serving in the military or to remember one who didn’t get the opportunity to hear those thanks in person.

And by all means, be safe.

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