Monday, June 16, 2014

Got a New Camera

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My old TG-310 Tough and my new WG-20 Ricoh
         My Olympus has been a great camera. It has survived many things you wouldn't want to try with normal cameras and lived up to its Tough name, but it was getting old. Last trip I made to the upper kings I tried to take a picture of a trout by holding the camera underwater. Sadly the fish swam away and I didn't get the shot. When I got home I tried to take one more picture and it would not focus. The lens was clouded with condensation, and that is a bad sign seeing as the lens is sealed. It won't be too long before water gets in and the camera fails. Its days are numbered.

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Caleb launching into Muddy Pond off the San Joaquin river
            I first saw it at Target and thought it looked pretty good. The reviews were good and even Kayak Kevin Whitley posted on Facebook he was looking at it. My wife noticed me drooling over it and took note. Being the lucky man with a good wife that I am I got this new camera to celebrate my very first Father's day. (I love my wife) She even made sure I got it in time to go fishing with my buddy on the San Joaquin out of Sycamore Island in Madera, Ca.

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Cattails on Muddy Pond
        The camera seems to take decent pictures. I did edit these a bit and crop them but I did not have to do much to make them pop. We only had a few hits all morning. I was set on fishing a mud-hole of a lake so after a few hours on the river and in the quarry ponds connected to it we moved into a shallow muddy pond and continued to get skunked.

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Cephalanthus occidentalis var. californicus – California Button-willow.
Saw some cool flowers I have never seen before. The camera seems to take good Macro shots. This shot turned out better than I expected seeing the kayak was moving as I was taking it.

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           I wish I took this shot before zooming and after. The digital zoom doesn't appear to suck too bad on this camera at all. I think this camera might just be a winner. Took bad the fish were tight lipped. It was a bad day for fishing but with the breeze great day to get out and enjoy the river.

Thanks for reading,
Dan

10 comments:

  1. Seems to take good pictures. I guess only time will tell.

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    1. Looks good so far. I really like how it separates the files into folders by date.

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  2. Congrats on the new camera and on your first fathers day!

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  3. I second Juan's statement: Happy Fathers day brother, and congratulations on the new camera. I am in the market myself and will have to take note.

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    1. Thanks Atlas. So car it seems like a good sturdy point and shoot.

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  4. Like the other guys, Daniel, your wife's choice of a new camera for you looks to be a great decision. Pictures seem of real good quality. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hopefully the camera holds . My wife is pretty good at listening to me and getting me what I want. The trick is I spoil her as much as she spoils me. Keeps things balanced in the relationship.

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  5. Congrats, on the new camera! Hope it serves you well. Looks like it takes some really nice pictures. That one of the flower and bee is very clear.

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    1. We'll see. Kayak Kevin bought one last month. The mounting piece is plastic and his split while he was fishing. I hope buying it was not a mistake.

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