Monday, May 16, 2016

Playing With Different Camera Settings

After feeding the hounds their lunch around 1pm, I put on a fresh application of the water, vinegar mix for Heidi. I found out that you don't even want to take a day off from doing that. By today almost all the improvement she had shown ... was gone after taking a day off Sunday from any mixture.

I continued to read that link from my earlier post this morning about different focus settings on my camera. I ended up taking over a hundred photos just playing around with different settings this afternoon.

Although we had taken a walk earlier, Sadie and Stella still wanted to get me outside again. Stella didn't hesitate one second on what she wanted to do ... lay in the sun. Of course Sadie is too active to do that and as you can see Sadie couldn't stand still.

Once Stella thought Sadie was getting something, it was worth standing up to see what she was getting. It wasn't anything beside Sadie having her nose in the ground inside the tall grass. Consequently she laid back down.

Stella didn't lay there for long though and was up making sure that Sadie had not found some food that she should be getting. She then started that slow stroll out into the field by the bush line.

In a split second as I turned around they were both gone, hidden by the tall grass.

You can barely see Sadie in this photo. Further out in the field the grass does not even come up to my knees and isn't as thick.

Sadie decided she was going to make a run for it while Stella stay in her favorite part of the 'backyard'.

There is a story about Sadie's missing teeth on the bottom row. While she was a puppy and I was gone all day at my job, for her own protection and my sanity ... I kept her inside, in the largest black kennel you've seen for large breed dogs. Plenty of room. Yet she spent all day trying to get out.

More than a few times she had grabbed those those steel rods that formed the cage and could squeeze them together with her teeth and jaws. I could NOT bend them back using pliers. Eventually her teeth became loose and fell out.

Stella still strolling and once I looked through the camera lens and saw her take a couple of steps inside that brush line ... I called her name and she decided it was probably a good idea to head back to the house.

Only at her own pace ... very slow.

It may say it's 62° but it feels like 50°. A day for lot of reading and more coffee to stay warm. Rain is on the way so a early evening walk tonight may not happen.

After all the different settings I tried on the camera, I can't tell any difference in these photos plus the ones in the pervious post showing our afternoon walk after lunch. Heidi decided staying in bed was the best thing to do with the cold temperatures.

When will it get hot in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana ?


  1. On a newer camera like yours, Auto is computer driven from firmware. Hard to beat the conditions they can adjust to. I am back to using my old D-50, auto is almost a joke. I had got spoiled by my D-7100 ( out of service now ).
    You are taking great pictures, keep it up.

    1. I guess it must be my eyes then. I checked the firmware to make sure I had the latest version, I did. Thanks for letting me know the photos are good. I'll keep doing what I am doing. I've found out, which I knew when I bought it, the camera has so many options to use it is mind boggling. Is your D-7100 retired for good or waiting for repair?

    2. Not qualified me attempted to replace the rear LCD after a drop on concrete. I was making progress and then in a snap, ruined the CPU motherboard and I still did not get the lens attach cage square. Nikon will fix it for me for $ 500 plus shipping. The motherboard can be bought for $ 100, but I had reached bummed out. I decided to wait six months and 1. buy a new body or 2. buy part and try to put mine back together or 3. buy a lighter D-3300.

    3. Well that sucks. I remember reading where you had ordered the part and was going to repair it. That story sounds a lot like me when trying to fix something myself. I've been lucky I guess that I have not dropped mine. I took the strap off a long time ago and always carry it with my one hand. It seems to fit like a glove and for me it's much easier getting unexpected photos without having the camera strap in the way. I have yet to drop the camera or lens. Although a few months ago while the camera and a 2nd lens were sitting on my chair outside, a strong wind picked up everything and blew it about 15' onto the gravel driveway.

  2. Got a kick out of Sadie's toothless grin. For all her "faults" as a youngster, she really turned out to be a really nice hound.

    1. As I use to tell stories to my co-workers as Sadie went through her puppy years, EVERYONE either said to give her away or "if I owned that dog she would be gone". I replied that I never gave dogs away, that she was just a bloodhound with a great nose and got bored while I was out of sight. I also told them she is the type of dog that if someone else had her, that they would turn her into the shelter. She turned into a great house dog, a leader of the other hounds and reminds me a lot of Bertha when she was the same age.

  3. It's mind boggling what all today's digital cameras can do. Even after owning mine for many years now I still have to keep the manual handy to figure the dang thing out! Ahh whatever happened to my old 35MM Cannon where I chased the exposure needle in the viewfinder with the F-stop ring??? Of course each photo cost a fortune back then even though I did my own developing. A hike with 24 photos taken was pretty extravagant in those days! So truth is I'm happy to work through what seems like a hundred menu's and keep the manual handy.

    Of course it's not in the same class, but my Cannon SX50 is sorely abused out on the trail and in the shop and once in a while the lens gets gritty and sticky. So far a good shot of air seems to clear things up, for a while anyway, though I sure wish it had a manual focus ring for shooting subjects through intervening branches and leaves.

    1. That manual is a valuable piece of info with my memory that is growing older. I did the same with my old Cannon 35mm. I had all kinds of different lenses, a speed winder where a roll of 36exp film could be gone in a minute. That is one great thing about digital cameras ... free photos and as many copies as you want.

      I use this camera every day and seems to go with me everything I go outside, except to mow the yard. I had not thought of the can of air for cleaning, good idea.

      All of my questions must be my eyes, plus seeing the photos were sharper in January when I moved the blog to Wordpress. Mark over on Box Canyon Blog thought his photos were also a little out of focus ... we both have Macs and their Apple Photos they changed last year.

    2. It's not easy for us normal people (OK, stop laughing! My mom says I'm normal and that's what I'm going with.) to understand the bad things compression algorithms are doing to our photos, and even harder to figure out which of the various compression are being used in the background on our precious images by the various apps. I guess there's a reason professionals use RAW, but then again they can afford the memory and bandwidth.

    3. The bandwidth is right. The last two posts I did yesterday I moved the photo settings on export from high to maximum quality knowing the file size would be larger. They were not huge like the ones I did last year in RAW (6-7Mb) but they ranged from 1-2Mb yesterday, increased from 400-700Kb.

      Yes, all of the computer work that goes behind making a digital photo in a mater of seconds is way above my pay scale.