Just discovered something. A couple or three years ago, I bought myself a new pocket camera, something to put in the glove compartment of the car for emergencies. I took a few photos and was disappointed: they turned out flocculent; enlarging to anything beyond the mini-screen showed a flaky texture, something like the detritus at the bottom of a goldfish pond. Oh, well; it was for emergencies only; it would do.
This week, someone I follow on Twitter was showing how well her camera zoomed, and I was envious; none of my lenses are near as good at seeing an eagle on the far side of the bay, where my eye sees only a small black dot. She must have spent a fortune on equipment, I thought. And then someone asked her about it, and it turns out she's using another of those little point-and-shoot pocket cameras. With great zoom.
So I tried mine. A different camera: this one's a Lumix. And it zooms nicely! I had never bothered trying; if it wouldn't do close shots well, I didn't expect it to see far away.
It's better than my "real" camera. Still flocculent, but look: these were just dark dots on a distant shore.
|Pintails, Oyster Bay.|
Live and learn.