Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Camera, Old Problems

After months of relying on wishes, fortune cookies, and Magic 8 Ball predictions, I determined that my camera wasn't going to fix itself.

Sure, it still worked SOMETIMES. But "sometimes" seldom coincided with those proverbial Kodak moments. So a couple weeks ago I broke down and purchased a camera that — I hoped — would suddenly transform my photos into artwork, like magic.

Turns out moderately hi-tech cameras don't take good pictures unless you know how to use them. Bummer.

Back to the drawing board. Or in this case: the owner's manual.

Everyone's talking about these little guys — the 17-year cicada. This particular species emerges out of the ground every 17 years, sings a rather notable ditty to woo other cicadas, hooks up, makes little cicada babies... and then dies. All within 2-4 weeks. Those who don't have the pleasure of mating — losers that they are — are generally hit by cars. When I bent down to take this particular picture at a gas station, a cicadian Army (literally) jumped on my back. Creepy.

I may or may not have taken this photo. Probably not, since I actually like it. This camera, though it's not a Digital SLR, has the ability to blur out backgrounds while focusing in on objects — that's one of the reasons I purchased it, though so far I've seldom used it successfully.

Tiny little toad. I used to love catching these things as a kid. And, no, those aren't my phalanges — so please don't think I have man hands.

See what I mean? I successfully blurred out the background, but even with the macro on, I can't get the foreground to be as sharp as I would like.

I lost clarity on this one by using the digital zoom to capture this bullfrog in all its glory.

Back in the city — believe it or not. With an A/C support system that redneck, you'd think I took this photo in my hometown. Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Anonymous said...

I think the photos are good. Of course, I can't see what you saw when you took them. It is better to get a good photo then not get any photo. Perfection is overrated.

Hey, just because rednecks happen to do some really goofy looking stuff doesn't mean it doesn't work. Me, I am a fan of more elegant and long lasting solutions, but that's me. If Jimmy Joe is happy with how his AC is working, good on him. :)

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

BPP - I'm not concerned so much with Jimmy Joe, as I am the unfortunate bloke who happens to walk under the A/C unit when that can knocks loose.

This is near my apartment, after all. That could be me walking under there.

Winter said...

I love your "work".

I am very easy to impress.

Stacy said...

Is that pork and beans? I think your pictures are fabulous but I hate to read instructions on how to do anything so-
also-cutest darn frog I have ever seen.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Thank you. My goal is to one day impress people who aren't easy to impress.

Everyones gotta pipe dream.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Stacy - They're cute, aren't they? It's no wonder I used to beg my mom to let me keep them as pets.

And, yes, I do believe that is pork and beans. I'll check tonight to be sure.

Glencross said...

Is that toad as small as I think it is or do you guys have really big hands over there ?

Pamela said...

my photos won't get any better because I am unwilling to read the directions. It's hard to understand the way it is written

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Glen - A little from column A, a little from column B.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Pamela - I hear you on that one. I don't understand the ones included with mine, either. But, by-golly, I'm determined to figure them out.