Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fun with Photos

So recently it was my birthday, and for this joyous yearly event,in addition to delicious ice cream novelties, I acquired myself a fabulous new digital camera! Woo-hoo! My other camera was about 7 years old and the camera on my new phone was nearly better than said old camera. Not good. So I bought a new one - it is one of those middle of the road, Panasonic point and shoot Lumix cameras - it has 10x optical zoom and 8.1 megapixel - MUCH better than my old 2.0 mp camera! And it has all these nifty features for different lighting conditions and such. So I am having fun trying to figure out how to use this thing. What follows are some of my photos with the nu camera. ;)

The front corner of the yard:

Some guara moving about in the breeze. I was testing out this nifty new feature that is supposed to help capture things even if they are moving around a little:


Squash Blossom:

This is what happens when you don't pick your zucchini every day (Ginormous Zucchini!):

Here is one of my Chile Pequin. It seems to enjoy growing under the really big Zucchini leaves:

A closer shot of the peppers (the mockingbirds LOVE these):

And a little closer (I am still trying to figure out the zoom features):

Cayenne peppers:

Hyacinth bean blossoms:


Rain Lily Labuffarosa (this one is growing in deep shade):

A hummingbird. This is what I am really excited about with the new camera - I can take photos of hummingbirds! The new camera has a much better zoom and is much, much, much faster thinking due to the lithium battery. The old camera took 30 seconds to think between shots - not conducive to hummingbird hunting!

Hummingbird again:

Mexican bird of paradise - Caesalpinia mexicana :


Anonymous said...

You are off to a good start with your new camera. I look forward to seeing more of your photography. How is it with close-up work?

Alex said...

Awesome photography..! Those flowers are looking beautiful.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Nice! People are always saying that the camera doesn't make a difference it's the photographer who makes a difference. I agree to some extent but I also think having good equipment helps in a big way.

Happy birthday and enjoy!

ConsciousGardener said...

Looking forward to the hummingbird shots! I didn't know they liked chili pequin!

Diana said...

Happy B-Day. Very nice shots you took with the new camera. And your garden looks great. Enjoy you new toy!

chaiselongue said...

The humming bird photos are beautiful. Good luck with the new camera! I'm looking forward to more pictures like these.

Lee17 said...


Thanks! It is definatley better with the close-ups than my old camera. I am still trying to figure out what the best settings for close-ups would be.

Lee17 said...


Thanks, I hope to learn how to take better photos now that I have a little better camera!

Lee17 said...


I agree that the photographer has a lot to do with it, but you have to admit that nice equipment makes it easier to take better photos!

Lee17 said...

Conscious gardener,

If I can get a break from these big projects at work, I am going to spend some time stalking hummingbirds! And hopefully I can catch some decent photos of them ;)

Lee17 said...


Thanks! I do love my new toy - now I just need some free time to play with it!

Lee17 said...


Thanks! I hope to get better at taking photos with the new camera -it has all these nifty features I still don't know what to do with!