Elsie and Me

Reverse engineering photography, random thoughts and other stuff

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Nature’s tree lighting ceremony


I love these early evenings when the sun is low in the sky and illuminates the foliage just so. I drove past at least half a dozen photo ops on the way home tonight before capturing this one from my deck. Did I mention I love having the Hudson in my backyard?

Elsie chose a shutter speed of 1/100 and f5.5 for this. That was in Auto. I shot the same scene a few minutes later using her Landscape mode, and while she chose the exact same settings, this was the result.treelights2

It wasn’t that much later, but this one doesn’t pop like the first one. What do you think?

On a related note, lately Elsie seems to be going through batteries like Sherman through Georgia. I’m going to start taking them out between uses and see if that helps. I know it does with some devices that use conventional batteries. Otherwise I’ll wind up putting myself in the poorhouse and the Energizer Bunny’s kids through college.

Happy spring! Warm weather is returning soon.


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One riverscape, two camera settings.


As always, you can click on the images for a larger view.

These two photos were both shot in my sweetie’s backyard, on a mild March day at high noon. That’s the mighty Hudson River in its kinder, gentler upstate incarnation.

The first I shot in Auto mode, the second using Elsie’s Landscape setting.

Clever girl, that Elsie. She chose the same f-stop (5.5) and the same shutter speed (1/1000) in both modes. I used full zoom for both.

I’m not crazy about either one, although that blue water sure is pretty. The trees in the background are in focus, but the river isn’t. Obviously I need to work on focal points.