I caught a glimpse of the trail from today's Delta 4 launch out of Vandenberg while driving, and made a beeline for the coast for a better look. I did manage to catch a clear view of the trail, though winds had already started blowing it out of shape, and stayed briefly to look at the boats on the ocean and the scenery.
Asking for advice on entry-level DSLR/mirrorless
I'm a hobbyist, not a pro, &shoot with compact cameras & my phone. Digging out the old film SLR has got me thinking about a DSLR or mirrorless.
I'm looking for something a step up from entry-level, maybe like the Nikon D5600 or Fujifilm X-T20. Has anyone had experience with these, or recommendations for something else?
Looking for decent quality & auto, plus ability to do manual settings when I want to.
I went back to the same marsh I'd visited in early December, after a few more rainstorms. The ponds had spread, covering trails I'd walked along just a few weeks earlier. Ducks and geese had arrived in force.
I could also swear I heard a frog, but I couldn't see it, and even with the weird southern California seasons, I don't think it's the right time for frogs to be out. I should've asked at the visitor center.
I suggest that a deep orange moon right before Christmas be called a #PumpkinPieMoon.
I was coming home shortly after sunset, got to the top of a hill and saw this deep orange moon, flattened near the horizon. By the time I found a place to stop, it had risen high enough that it was mostly round.
Last weekend I went for a hike at a local marsh. The lower areas are filling with water again now that we've had a few rainstorms.
I made a point of going late in the afternoon to catch some golden hour light, which didn't work out quite as well as I was hoping, but I think this shot came out reasonably interesting.
Not sure, but I think I walked through this pond last time I was here and it was all dry ground.
Ducks feeding in a marsh pond. The last time I was here, the entire marsh had dried out for summer. After a couple of fall rainstorms (which, if they'd come sooner, night have at least cut down on the massive wildfires last month), parts of the marsh have flooded again for winter.
I was halfway there before I realized I hadn't brought the film camera, but I at least had the Canon, which has a more powerful zoom anyway.
Interesting perspective on what software-enhanced phone cameras mean for your pictures. Photography? Digital art? Something in between?
Blog post: The kiddo found my old film camera, the one my grandfather gave me when I was 12. It's a manual SLR that's older than I am* and probably still works. I've ordered film & a battery** to find out for sure!
*It appears to be a 1967 model.
**The light meter is the only powered part of the camera. Everything else is automatic. And it used a mercury battery, which hasn't been made in 22 years. Fortunately there are zinc-based replacements!
Hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. Mostly scenic shots, architecture & plants.
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