Ok, it’s not strictly speaking my birthday yet but I had almost gathered together enough money by Christmas Day for my new camera, so I ordered it anyway. It’s a Fujifilm FinePix S1800 (and actually going into Amazon just now to get the link and the photo I see it’s gone up a bit in price since I ordered it, so I’m doubly glad I didn’t wait till my birthday now!).
My last camera, which I lost on the way home from Legoland in October (*sob*) was a ‘good’ point and shoot Cybershot and it did take some nice photos but it was getting on a bit, the white balance was getting a bit flaky and it was developing some intermittent problems with the focus, so although I was gutted (and blinking annoyed with myself) about loosing my camera (there had been some really nice photos of the kids I’d taken at Legoland for a start that obviously I never had a chance to take off the camera), the level of being gutted was slightly tempered with the sneaking knowledge that I was probably approaching the time of needing a new camera anyway, it’s just the having to beg and borrow other people’s cameras for the few months between October and now wasn’t good.
Anyway as good as my old Cybershot was (and I was a big fan of Cybershots, this one had been my third), my new camera seems so much more ‘grown up’, it’s much bigger and heavier for a start and the zoom is amazing! The macro function (which is the most important function for me on a camera, not just for embroidery photos but because I love taking macros of stuff when out and about) is amazing to. Anyway, the camera arrived yesterday and we had planned a family walk in the park today so that I could take some photos and have a play but Boy Lacer is currently on the tail end of another round of de-compaction and the sounds his stomach was making, we did not want to have to take him out of the house unnecessarily! So instead as I needed to go to the supermarket anyway I walked the slightly long way round (only a few minutes longer really) and took my camera with me. I now present the highlights of my journey to the supermarket (in order of taking the photos).
The first photo I took outside (I told you I liked macros) and this happens to be my favourite, I happen to be very fond of this fence (I may be wrong but from what I’ve heard I think this fence may be listed) and I walk past it everyday and I love the flakiness of the paint against the bright yellow-green of the lichens (someone is going to tell me now that’s not lichen). The fence also gets some fantastic spider webs on it in the autumn.
Another macro, so nice to see flowers budding in December.
I like how some of the boats jut out at you from the photo.
I had to include a photo of the actual river, although it can be hard to find new ways of taking photos of a stretch of river I’ve photographed so many times before. This photo makes the Thames look a lot narrower than it actually is, the ‘bank’ on the left hand side of the photo is actually a tiny island in the middle of the river. Needless to say I can’t wait for some bright light to take photos in, but I don’t think the camera did too badly.
Experimenting with the zoom now (no way would I get too close to those things, yuck!), I think I like the reflection on the water behind them more than the geese themselves.
Another zoom shot, I like how this time the river looks almost white behind the seagull.
A shot I’ve taken a lot of times before but it is one of my favourite views, I always think there’s something almost Narnia-ish about having a bandstand amongst the trees.
Hopefully from now on photos of my crafting and my cooking will look a little better!