Scenic Sunday at Tifft Nature Preserve with the Nikon COOLPIX P510


Just because it was pretty at 7 in the morning and I am in the mood to hike the planet lately. Plus, I came here with an agenda. Back in late January of 2013, I did a post on the Nikon COOLPIX P510 and everyday I am getting numerous searches on this fine little camera on my post Hummingbird Closeups with the Nikon P510.

Next post I do my review again after seriously using the camera for over a year. You will see photos the camera took that my D7000 could not take as easily with my 400mm lens. So you can imagine the ringing endorsement coming up in post on the P510. For instance…

The tall structure in the image above is an osprey nest. The tiny dot at the top, an osprey, but next post see that dot become an Osprey. Pretty amazing zoom at 42x on this camera. Pretty amazing landscape shots too. It goes down to 28mm so it does wide-angle shots pretty well. I cropped off the sides of most of these photos, but trust me, they were wide-angle in appearance. That is a type of photography that really does not present well on a blog though.


See the difference, my favorite shot is just a bit too wide, so above I cropped it to better see the splash landing.


Blue and gold…I just love that splash above. Breaking gold reflections… the photo almost looks manipulated for color, but it is not. It got me thinking on something I read.


I was going through the WP reader and I came across a title for a post that said, “Some Trees, Some Water, and Some Stuff Next to it”.  I hope that is not how people see my images at the nature preserve.  I see peaceful landscapes and I hope you do as well.


Below is Lake Kirsty’s edge. Many frogs and turtles live amongst the rock and concrete scrap used for erosion control.


No one home…


in the nest pair.


Are you not liking this little camera? The early morning light helps make the photos, but the camera has good Nikon glass which helps greatly.


The Boardwalk Trail. This camera handles hard-to-handle lighting conditions too. Above, the lights and darks are at odds for a good exposure, but this camera’s sensor deals with the situation with my manual settings.


Two deer stop for a moment. In the image below, that is a tractor-trailer reflected in the water below the fishing dock. It gives you a sense that this is a park within city confines.


The Phragmites separates the deer from the Conrail train tracks below, further cementing that this place is decidedly urban.


See the deer drinking below? It gives you an idea the height of that grass.


Early morning birds here at Tifft up next for review of the P510. A few bird surprises for me also, like a flock of flickers. More gold and blue… and a COOLPIX that catches the scenes beautifully.


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25 Responses to Scenic Sunday at Tifft Nature Preserve with the Nikon COOLPIX P510

  1. Debra says:

    I just came in from a blazing hot day outside and saw you had a new post. Just seeing these pictures of water and sky and a FLOCK of flickers — not to mention deer — and I feel suddenly and absolutely refreshed. You have a magic touch, Donna.

  2. This little camera is brilliant isn’t it? However I never get tired of saying that it’s all the person behind the camera!!! Your scenes are so peaceful and serene with the gold and blue hues. Love them! 🙂

  3. alesiablogs says:

    Great shots as usual Donna. I never tire of looking through your eyes and seeing what you think is a good shot.

  4. Your photos never cease to amaze me! We recently purchased a Nikon P520, but I wish I knew more about photography. I think I have a pretty good eye for photos, but all I know how to use on the camera are the automatic settings. And then I do some minor photo editing in Picasa. I guess I should Google it and learn a little more about my camera. I wish our technology products would come with manuals like they used to rather than us having to search for them on line. Thanks for your lovely posts.

  5. Hope says:

    Donna, if given the opportunity (for the same price), should I go with the P510 or is the P520 an upgrade? You’ve sold me on this camera. Your photography is fantastic, and I’m SO impressed with the way it handled the light on the boardwalk trail. I could only dream!!! 🙂

  6. swo8 says:

    The landing of the bird in the picture must have moved the water to the point where it reflected the sky.
    It looks like that around here at the moment. Things haven’t quite come back to life yet. There is promise in the air.

  7. So that’s what flickers look like! They are really pretty. I like your choices of subject, too, which were different from mine.

  8. acuriousgal says:

    Wonderful camera and wonderful pics as well. That deer looked mighty thin, hard winter. Always love your posts!!!

  9. debsgarden says:

    Your camera picked up the beautiful serenity of the Preserve; it’s hard to believe that the urban landscape lurks so close! I would be tempted to get out at 7:00 a.m. too, to capture those blue and gold images!

  10. Phil Lanoue says:

    These scenes are all quite excellent and it’s truly amazing what many non DSLR cameras can do. I know several people that have actually given up their large rigs and now go strictly with one of these type cameras like your Nikon. A friend recently took only a Canon SX50 (which I believe is a similar camera) on an Africa safari and did very well with it.

  11. bittster says:

    You really are hiking the world lately! Must be nice to get out without a parka, although I know that didn’t hold you back last winter. Beautiful pictures as usual. Love the boardwalk trail photo, and the others are all so nice and peaceful.

  12. A.M.B. says:

    Yes, I see peaceful landscapes! Your photographs are so beautiful. I can’t get enough of the flickers!

  13. I love my Coolpix but still getting used to using it…it will take a while but your images of this natural place are amazing.

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