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Alchemist

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Posted: May 21, 2024 - 2:14pm

 Isabeau wrote:
 
Uh... out of all that I caught "my dSLR because it has the feel of the 35mm film cameras I grew up with - the ergonomics, buttons instead of all menu-driven, tons of choices for lenses, and being always ready to shoot instantly, with the satisfying click when I take the photo."  
I can do pretty good with the basic lenses that generally come with cameras, but the telephoto option is definitely a need. 
I'll do more research. Appreciate the advice!
 
A little more context: digital cameras have a sensor that captures the image (instead of film).  A sensor measuring 35mm would be equivalent to the old ubiquitous 35mm film cameras in terms of the way a given lens will behave.  35mm is considered "full size" for a digital sensor, but many cameras have smaller ones, which is not only less expensive, but allows the lenses to be smaller and lighter as well.  The major camera manufacturers generally ofter a choice of full sized or "cropped", which is about two thirds the size, and offer a set of lenses optimized for this (like the "DX" lenses on my Nikon)

Cameras without interchangeable lenses are generally a fair amount smaller, and use correspondingly significantly smaller sensors.  This allows compact zoom lenses to be built in without adding too much weight, at the expense of image quality.
Isabeau

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Posted: May 21, 2024 - 10:41am

About this time each day, the elusive Hippie Crocs gather to herd feet into shallow pools of water. Be careful out there.


Isabeau

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Posted: May 21, 2024 - 10:36am

 Alchemist wrote:

Now that digital has matured there are tons of options for capable cameras out there, it's kind of overwhelming.  I like my dSLR because it has the feel of the 35mm film cameras I grew up with - the ergonomics, buttons instead of all menu-driven, tons of choices for lenses, and being always ready to shoot instantly, with the satisfying click when I take the photo.  But I have the "crop" format sensor (DX in Nikon parlance) which results in much less weight and bulk, especially in the lenses.

More recently mirrorless cameras are all the rage, also available in full and crop format versions.  These are great at shooting video as well, but there are tradeoffs with the focus capabilities and battery life (but getting better all the time).  When you look through the camera you're actually looking at a tiny monitor, so resolution, brightness, and lag can be a factor.  They tend to be smaller and lighter than their dSLR counterparts.  The software tends to be much fancier on mirrorless cameras, with things like eye detection for focusing.  The popularity of mirrorless cameras makes for nice deals on used dSLR gear :-)

There are also capable cameras with non-interchangeable lenses, which are even smaller, lighter, and less expensive, though not really expandable.  Whether this is important is just a personal decision - do you like the idea of having multiple lenses which excel in their own ways, or would you prefer to not have to ever change lenses?  These cameras generally have smaller sensors than those with interchangeable lenses, which limits things like how shallow depth of field you can achieve, and how large you can enlarge an image before it gets soft.

Photography is a very personal experience, so it's a good idea to play around with different types of cameras and see what makes you excited to go out and take photos!


Uh... out of all that I caught "my dSLR because it has the feel of the 35mm film cameras I grew up with - the ergonomics, buttons instead of all menu-driven, tons of choices for lenses, and being always ready to shoot instantly, with the satisfying click when I take the photo."  
I can do pretty good with the basic lenses that generally come with cameras, but the telephoto option is definitely a need. 
I'll do more research. Appreciate the advice!
KurtfromLaQuinta

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Posted: May 20, 2024 - 9:03pm

 Isabeau wrote:



Nicey!

Alchemist

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Posted: May 20, 2024 - 7:17pm

 Isabeau wrote:
Hail Photog Wizards:
I've been a shut-in ever since Covid 2020 and my Mom fell in fall of '21. I've been in caretaking mode ever since. Now that she's passed, I need to get out of the stay-close-to-home rut and get out again.
Photography is a lot like having a dog. It compels you to go out and explore. 
Is there a thread for Amateur Photographer advice? I'm not into tons of equipment and competition, just a lightweight, basic camera with a decent telephoto lens. Something I can get creative with beyond a cellphone. I had a Canon Rebel back in the mid 2000's with a midgrade t-lens and was able to get some great stuff.
My current replacement doesn't seem to be cutting it.  I'm ready to hit the local Camera store (exchange, knowledge, sales, etc.) Would love to get suggestions on (affordable) updates on models and lenses.
- The Aperture Amateur
 
Now that digital has matured there are tons of options for capable cameras out there, it's kind of overwhelming.  I like my dSLR because it has the feel of the 35mm film cameras I grew up with - the ergonomics, buttons instead of all menu-driven, tons of choices for lenses, and being always ready to shoot instantly, with the satisfying click when I take the photo.  But I have the "crop" format sensor (DX in Nikon parlance) which results in much less weight and bulk, especially in the lenses.

More recently mirrorless cameras are all the rage, also available in full and crop format versions.  These are great at shooting video as well, but there are tradeoffs with the focus capabilities and battery life (but getting better all the time).  When you look through the camera you're actually looking at a tiny monitor, so resolution, brightness, and lag can be a factor.  They tend to be smaller and lighter than their dSLR counterparts.  The software tends to be much fancier on mirrorless cameras, with things like eye detection for focusing.  The popularity of mirrorless cameras makes for nice deals on used dSLR gear :-)

There are also capable cameras with non-interchangeable lenses, which are even smaller, lighter, and less expensive, though not really expandable.  Whether this is important is just a personal decision - do you like the idea of having multiple lenses which excel in their own ways, or would you prefer to not have to ever change lenses?  These cameras generally have smaller sensors than those with interchangeable lenses, which limits things like how shallow depth of field you can achieve, and how large you can enlarge an image before it gets soft.

Photography is a very personal experience, so it's a good idea to play around with different types of cameras and see what makes you excited to go out and take photos!
Isabeau

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Posted: May 20, 2024 - 3:32pm

Hail Photog Wizards:
I've been a shut-in ever since Covid 2020 and my Mom fell in fall of '21. I've been in caretaking mode ever since. Now that she's passed, I need to get out of the stay-close-to-home rut and get out again.
Photography is a lot like having a dog. It compels you to go out and explore. 

Is there a thread for Amateur Photographer advice? I'm not into tons of equipment and competition, just a lightweight, basic camera with a decent telephoto lens. Something I can get creative with beyond a cellphone. I had a Canon Rebel back in the mid 2000's with a midgrade t-lens and was able to get some great stuff.
My current replacement doesn't seem to be cutting it.  I'm ready to hit the local Camera store (exchange, knowledge, sales, etc.) Would love to get suggestions on (affordable) updates on models and lenses.
- The Aperture Amateur

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Posted: May 20, 2024 - 2:45pm



Isabeau

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Posted: May 17, 2024 - 8:44am

 Alchemist wrote:
Aurora Borealis

R
eally rare to see this in California.  The colors are more impressive on photos, IRL there is a streaky red glow - but still amazing.

Click on the photo to see it larger




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Posted: May 11, 2024 - 10:37am

 Alchemist wrote:
Aurora Borealis

R
eally rare to see this in California.  The colors are more impressive on photos, IRL there is a streaky red glow - but still amazing.

Click on the photo to see it larger




Alchemist

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Posted: May 11, 2024 - 10:22am

Aurora Borealis

R
eally rare to see this in California.  The colors are more impressive on photos, IRL there is a streaky red glow - but still amazing.

Click on the photo to see it larger
KurtfromLaQuinta

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Posted: May 10, 2024 - 11:38am

 FeydBaron wrote:

Absolutely! The same sky, about 15 minutes later and looking west rather than south: 


And then random tree texture photo taken earlier in the day:


Nice Arizona Skies!

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Posted: May 10, 2024 - 11:31am

 Alchemist wrote:

Excellent - very painterly (is that a word?)



It is now
FeydBaron

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Posted: May 10, 2024 - 10:57am

 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:

Really nice.
Can we have some more please?



Absolutely! The same sky, about 15 minutes later and looking west rather than south: 


And then random tree texture photo taken earlier in the day:

KurtfromLaQuinta

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Posted: May 10, 2024 - 10:46am

 FeydBaron wrote:

Time to post some of my colorful desert photos! Sometimes the skies are just too photogeneic.



Really nice.
Can we have some more please?


FeydBaron

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Posted: May 10, 2024 - 9:54am

Time to post some of my colorful desert photos! Sometimes the skies are just too photogeneic.

thisbody

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Posted: May 10, 2024 - 7:38am

While I am still waiting to take my first photo of an aurora borealis ever...

There is a big time aurora alert for tomorrow, May 11, 2024
...for even mid- to low latitudes in North America and Europe.

Just thought, I'd let you all know, so you can take your chances.
Alchemist

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Posted: May 7, 2024 - 4:18pm

 MrDill wrote:
 
 

Apple Blossom Time
Apple Blossom Time

 
 
Excellent - very painterly (is that a word?)
Alchemist

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Posted: May 7, 2024 - 4:18pm

 Proclivities wrote:
 
Love the composition!
MrDill

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Posted: May 3, 2024 - 11:41am

 
 

Apple Blossom Time
Apple Blossom Time

 

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Posted: May 3, 2024 - 9:23am


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