Monday, August 10, 2009

Ooooooo. That hurts.

Here are a couple of questions for the day:

Q. If a tree falls in the woods, and you don't hear it,
did it really happen?

Q. If a camera falls off the trunk of your car and no one sees it,
did it really happen?

Yes, apparently both of them really happen.

And, in the case of the second event, you may Never see it again... even if you look for it.

I guess I'm camera shopping.
I've just been online.

Some of you use terrific cameras (as witnessed by your photos). I'm mostly a "Point and Shoot" photographer that likes to have enough control over things to be able to take quality close-ups and better (than I used to be able to do), clear distance photos. And I really like taking easy movies.

I was partial to the Canon brand, but I'd entertain other suggestions.

Here's the entertainment for the day.
Click on the photo to see a recent project.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your project looks like fun but the camera business is sad. What a bummer.

I am a point and shoot kind of lady and I am very satisfied with my Canon Power Shot A630. It is an older model and I just bought it a few months ago. I wanted the feature of a swivel viewer. It swivels out and I can aim at things that are in odd places and not have to contort myself to get good shots. It has a macro and movie setting. I use the macro a lot but have only taken a few movies. You can do a lot more with it than what I do if you know how to set your aperatures etc. Good luck with your camera shopping.

Randy Emmitt said...


I use a Canon DSLR camera and big 180mm macro lens, so I'm no help on point and shoot camera these days. The Nikon Coolpix series used to be good ones. Sorry about your camera, I did that with binoculars once.

Rosey Pollen said...

Hey !
Sad about your camera. I hope you find a good replacement. I am not an expert on cameraa, so no advice from me. Randy did the car thing with binoculars, and I did it with eyeglasses! We all have our moments.

Aerie-el said...

So sad about your camera...I did that once with a cell phone, and it didn't fare well either.

I really like my Canon Powershot S2 IS. It's easy enough to just point-and-shoot, do macro, and even super-macro (I just learned that by reading the instruction book-imagine!), and has 12X zoom. I've had mine for a few years, so there might be an updated model now. It makes my amateur photography look like I know what I'm doing :).

The stepping stone project looks like it was a hit!

bobbie said...

I'm sorry about your camera. Was there a full memory card in it? - I'm partial to Olympus.

Love your stepping stones!

Nell Jean said...

Oh, you, too? My camera is still here. Its little gears just ground to a halt after so many years of use.

A new Nikon is on its way to our house. There are numerous sites on the web where you can compare different models and brands.

troutbirder said...

Been there done that... its a bummer. I think the camera all depends on what you need it for. For family pictures and blogging my new Canon Power Shot A590 IS is great and all I need. I decided that I wouldn't and couldn't compete with the expensive equipment photographers.

Northern Shade said...

Oh, how disappointing to lose your camera like that. I don't have a specific recommendation, but good luck in comparing features, and choosing a new one.

Kathleen said...

Oh NO. That's terrible Shady Gardener. I would be sick if that happened to me. I am partial to Canons too ~ that's what I use. Of course I went all out and bought an expensive DSLR with all the lenses but I think the model you wrote to me about would work well. I've been amazed at the abilities and quality photos some of the point & shoots possess/produce these days. Good luck deciding and I can't wait to see what you pick!

Rosemary said...

Oh no what a pain to lose a camera....... mine is a Canon powershot tho I yearn for fancy one..... loved the stepping stone pics so cute.

Gail said...

That is very sad/bad news about your camera...I go back and forth on the camera decision. Sometimes I want the SSLR and all the lens and then I think of the convenience of the new super zooms! Can't wait to hear/see what you get. gail

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Sorry to hear about your camera! I'm personally partial to the Canon brand but lots of people also like Nikon. I just got a new Canon and am still getting to know it. It has special features for flower/plant photography: PowerShot SD880.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Sorry to hear about your camera! Bummer. :-(

I have a pocket sized Canon Elph 800IS (several years old).

For more range, wide angle and zoom, I also have a Canon SX10 IS. I've pretty much switched over to this one. If you go to my blog sidebar and look at all the photos from Monet's Gardens, Giverny and Paris, you'll see the capabilities of this camera. It's more than a pocket-sized and not quite a DSLR.


Nutty Gnome said...

What a pain about your camera - but a wee bit of me is relieved that I'm not the only one who does daft things from time to time! :)

My camera is a point-and-shoot Panasonic DMC-FX12 that has a good macro, movie facilities (Whaaah - I'm English, I DON'T say 'movies'!!!)a good range and is dead easy to use - oh, and it's quite small too.

All these choices and recommendations! What will you decide on? :)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That's a major "D'oh!" moment. As you've admired my photos recently, you might like my camera as well. It's a point & shoot Fujifilm E900 9 megapixel, with variable settings for aperture or shutter speed priority, which can be yours for only $500. ;^P

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

I'm so sorry but the start of your post is so funny. LOL a lot !!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about your camera. I'm not sure if you saw my reply about my camera the other day. I have the same type Cameron mentioned, Canon PowerShot SX10 IS and I love it.

Shady Gardener said...

Thanks for all the recommendations (and commiseration) I've received so far. I continue to look each of them up and compare... I'm still a bit overwhelmed with having to make a sudden choice. I may just run out and purchase an easy, inexpensive model just to have on hand while I shop... then pass it on to Mr. Shady when I finally make up my mind!

Or not. We'll see. ;-) But thanks, again.

Frances said...

Hi Shady, looks like a lot of the bloggers love their canons. Count me among them. I don't really do movies, but most of the cameras have that capability. A good zoom is a nice feature too. Good luck on the hunt!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your camera. Now you get to go shopping.

A super zoom like the Canon S series or Nikon P90 would give you some reach in a point and shoot type body. Any DSLR would be good, brand is more of a preference thing so any of them would be fine. You will end up spending more money with a DSLR though, there will always be another lens you have to get.

I am using a Nikon D40 with a 70-300mm lens.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Frances, Yep. I think I'm going to stick with Canon. I do enjoy making mini-movies (little ones that can go on the blog). ;-)

Chad and Brandy, Shopping... now that has a nice sound. lol. There are so many styles, even amongst the Canon cameras. I think I'm narrowing... and I do like the S series. Thanks.
Your Nikon sounds great, but more than I could probably handle!

Anonymous said...

Shady ~ Sorry for your camera loss. I'm still a relative "newbie," so no camera suggestions... except to say, don't drop one off the kitchen counter (the fact that it's in the case may save it from complete demolition)... the zoom feature will break, but the little Polaroid will otherwise "take a licking and keep on ticking" ~ or so I hear!

I also hear that leaving the camera hanging on the garden gate overnight, in the rain... well, also not a good idea - if it's at least in a zipped-up case, it'll survive... not that I'd know!

I'll look forward to your new camera reveal! Meanwhile, I'm saving up for a Cannon I saw at my local Apple Store. /Deb

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Deb, Misery loves company. Thanks for the commiseration. And if either of those experiences weren't yours, at least you're fore warned. ;-)