Friday, April 24, 2015


After almost seven years of faithful service, my inexpensive Casio Exilim digital camera finally gave up and expired. Though with its demise, I felt somewhat rushed to acquire another camera, I impressed back into service my old Sony Mavica until a good and proper choice could be made. I spent a fair amount of time researching what would be a good replacement camera and after trying to use the Mavica and realizing it was no longer suitable, I needed to make a choice. I ended up ordering a Canon, 16 megapixel SX520HS. I have been using it and putting it through its paces and the photos and videos are light years ahead of my old Casio. I am still trying to get used to all of the setting and am still struggling with over lighting images, but overall the shots are pretty good and the videos, even from a real distance have proved to be quite satisfying. It will take some time to get used to a camera with more than just a few settings, but as time moves on, so doesn't technology and a necessity to keep up.
Illustrated is a close-up of a Kimura Morikazu yuteki guinomi. I was quite impressed with the macro features of the camera and rather pleased with the ability to capture crisp detail shots. The individual cells of the oil-spots are clear with the myriad of other effects rendered far easier to study than in a simple 1:1 photo. The detail shot shows the complexity of the glaze and the miniature universe captured in the surface that is hard to understand without the guinomi in hand. When you think about the size of the guinomi and the potential of the detail shot, it is rather amazing how easy it is to capture detail with the simple click of a button; whether the pot stays here or goes on to a new home, the photos act as permanent reference to what the appearance of the pot had to say in crystal clear pixels.

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