Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Faithful Friend and Digital Camera






I've had questions about my camera, and in the past have had compliments from you on the photos I've posted on my blog and I want to introduce you to a faithful friend of mine that I've had for at least four years: my Kodak Digital Camera. Her real name is:
Kodak Easyshare Z740 5.0 Megapixel with 10X Zoom.

(But you can just call her Easy.)



Because that's what she is. She had to be. I wanted Easy. I wanted Good. She's Easy and she's soooo Good. (Most of the images on my blog and sidebar and header were taken with her, now do you see what I mean?)

Copper church spires in downtown Indianapolis...

You see, I was an SLR holdout...I was a faithful 35mm film shooter, buying the film, loading the camera, shooting, then going and getting the photos developed. But, over time I noticed all of the conveniences of digital shooting my friends were doing, but the reason I held out is because so many of the images of digital photography I had seen were not good, that is to say that they looked digital. They were not what I wanted to look at in ten, fifteen or thirty years. (Now, though, even the smallest digital can turn out some pretty decent pictures due to the advanced technology, but I'm talking about the early digital pictures and my impressions weren't good!)


I wanted her mainly for eBay photos (I like that I can shoot in natural light with her, I can turn off the flash, which is not an option on most digitals.) and for taking her to the NASCAR races. Keep in mind, the track we go to is a 2.5 mile "expressway" track and that the track itself takes up thousands of acres. But, I wanted to focus in on the pits and shoot my favorite driver and his pit crew...close up and personal. She satisfies, and shoots some awesome zoom shots that continue to amaze. I'm sure there's a newer version of her available, and if she ever conks out on me, I'll be sure to buy her equal because this gal can take a lickin' and keep on kickin'!



She was priced, at the time, around $200. She was worth that and more. (Her only flaw is that her software made by KODAK IS HORRID. But I don't fault HER for that, only Kodak. If you buy a Kodak Easyshare, I would NOT download their software, it will give you and your computer nightmares! Download the free PICASA software from the Internet instead, to use to store and edit your photos.)

Examples of a low light setting...


I have dropped her, (more than once!) on her lens, with the lens in the zoom position. She's forgiven me for my clumsiness; and did not stop working. I have used her in the misty rain and in the snow and sub-zero freezing temps. She's such a faithful friend and consistently turns in excellent work. Her work speaks for her and you can scroll back and look through my archives for her job performance and references.


The sports setting allows for things like splashing water as well.
All in all, she's easy to use, and makes me look like I'm a halfway decent photographer!

View of the Presque Isle peninsula from atop a lighthouse....

Lake Huron's shore...

Ahhh...Michigan, how beautiful you can be!

But how cold can you get? VERY!



No flash...



Point and shoot...




And zooooooommm!!

6 comments:

Rue said...

Good morning Joni :)

Easy does a beautiful job, but I think it may be the photographer that holds most of the talent ;)

xoxo,
rue

Donna said...

You and Easy are a winning combination! Love those digital photos! We held out until about 2003-2004 until we switched over to digital, and then we never looked back. We were just waiting for the prices to come down on SLRs. Hubby used some of the original digital SLRs at his employer's when they first came out, and they used to be about $25K!

I can't imagine why anyone would want to stay with the film format now!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

This is the first time I have visited your blog. I'm so glad that you posted about Easy. I hate my automatic digital camera. It is a Samsung. When I press the shutter, it takes up to 10 seconds to click. Of course, by that time the dog, child, event has passed and I missed it. If anything is moving at all and I do manage to capture it, it turns out blurry. I have never had a SLR, since I do not feel worthy/skilled/talented/rich enough to get one.

blushing rose said...

Exquisite eye & pics. IF only I could take 'what I see' as beautifully as do you. Love them ...
TTFN ~ Marydon

Donna said...

Goodness! Little Miss Easy does a Wonderful job!!! Love the photos sweetie!!hughugs

Dawn Dutton said...

Thanks for the camera information. It is a wonderful camera... you do a very good job... Thanks.... made my night looking at all your photos..