What would you think if I go on and on about all the wildlife I see, like eagles flying overhead and big game wandering through my gardens? But not once did I ever photograph the said wildlife? Instead I show you some nameless country road or distant mountain and expect you to imagine this wealth of wildlife trotting down the asphalt route. I get a little disappointed when bloggers go on and on about all these cool animals and you never even see one photo! OK, that is off my chest now, so what is this post about?
Here are two eagles. Just had to show two eagles. Plus hawks are everywhere right now. Must be a hawk convention going on. Anyway…
Since I am off to Hawaii, I have been in a quandary over what camera to take. I also want to thank those commenting on Off to Maui in January. Your suggestions are most appreciated and very helpful.
I have found since getting bursitis in my shoulders and elbows I can’t carry heavy stuff anymore. I want to be in denial about this since bursitis is usually associated with older folks and I refuse to enter that group where everything hurts and doesn’t work anymore. Don’t want to, can’t make me. But, sadly, I am carrying tiny stuff more and more.
I went out today and took along my tiny P510 to shoot wildlife, just to brush up on using it. I love the little camera, but it does have its limitations. I manually set the camera for shutter and aperture but cannot manually focus it. Bummer. That means it often misses a shot because auto focus can be rather slow for shooting wildlife. Too many shots are unusable because of poor focus. Missed auto focus is a missed moment.
It does not have continuous shooting for birds in flight, so the birds fly out of the frame before it can snap a photo. Bummer. It does not handle panning to follow the action very well either. It buffers slow, so you have to wait for a second shot. Big bummer. The ISO can only be set to two ranges. I will so miss these things for action shots and those images in low light. Plus, I carry three batteries because it goes through them rapidly. Sounds a bit grim, huh?
One thing very nice about the P510 is the 42x zoom. It can even shoot further than my big camera and 400mm lens! Whether the resulting photo is blurry is sometimes a crap shoot. Another nice thing, it weighs like nothing!
Red-tailed Hawk Photographed with the Nikon P510. It was about 150 feet away and 70 feet up the tree.
The P510 really is a nice travel camera, but I still will miss some of the settings that allow me to take my nature pics. I have to wonder though, are these tiny cameras a sign of an aging population? They are everywhere now.
Since grousing is a thing those of advanced age do on occasion, see my funny post on Nature and Wildlife Pics. Married Life. Better hawk photos over there and having the big camera and 400mm lens, I paid the piper for those shots. Hand me the Naproxen I must be getting old.