[Coladam] Pics of Panama cruise

Ron Mitchell bytehacker at tallcedarskennels.com
Fri Apr 1 01:20:11 CEST 2011

Thanks so much Geoff.

My weapon of choice? Well I didn't really use my weapon of choice for  
those pictures. They were all taken with my 'lil ol' point-and-shoot.  
A Panasonic DMC FX01 (6 Megapixels, and a few 'dumbed down' settings,  
but adequate for most circumstances), acquired sometime around 2006.  
It's always on my belt pack, and this trip I decided I was going to  
travel light.

My 'real' camera is a Pentax K10D (10 Megapixels, and all sorts of  
bells and whistles). Bought 4 years ago. Only have one lense for that,  
(Tamron AF18-250). When you use a lense like that which tries to be  
all things to all people, you usually end up sacrificing something. In  
my case if I was going to buy another lense for the K10D, it would be  
a macro lense, or a honkin' big zoom. The latter would be well over 2  

A couple of my buddies up in Comox have the K5. Sounds like a very  
good upgrade.

Also have a Canon Elura 80 Camcorder, bought in 2005. It came to  
Panama with me as well.

I do not count myself particularly as a photographer. Was president of  
the Comox Valley Camera Club for 2 years and some of the members were  
into it way more than I was. My only objective was to learn to take  
better pictures, and somehow I ended up in the chair. I tend to take  
pictures as a record of where I've been and what I've done more than  
anything else, although sometimes a subject and a particular set of   
lighting conditions will lead me to attempt something artistic.

Equipment wise- I'm probably going backwards. The best pic I ever took  
was with a 3 megapixel no-name point and shoot, so I'm suspecting that  
bigger might not be better. Just blew 5 bucks on a Canon Powershot G2  
(4 Mega) in a local thrift store. It's going to cost me another $45  
for a new battery and an external charger, and I won't know if the  
thing actually works till I get the accessories shipped to me.
My computer experience is also mostly old stuff bought 2nd hand, and  
I've yet to be burned. Seems worth the gamble.

Have no particular plans at this point to get anything else in the way  
of new camera gear. Would like to learn to use what I've got to better  
advantage. Still need to work on things like focussing adjustments,  
white balance, shooting raw, histograms, lighting, composition, and  
the proper use of flash. There's still enough capability in the  K10D  
to do all of that. If I could get to the point where I could see at  
least three different options in composing any given shot, that would  
be a plus.

It's a fun hobby, and like most hobbies, you can throw whatever money  
you've got at it.

To keep this all on topic, I do have another objective. To take a 10  
million pixel colour photograph and figure out a way to bring it into  
the ADAM world without losing so much. Have tried a bit of that, and  
some turn out better than others.

Ron Mitchell

On 31-Mar-11, at 7:16 AM, geoffrey oltmans wrote:

> Those are great pictures! What's your weapon of choice?
> I've had a Pentax *istDS for the past 6 years, and am about to  
> upgrade to the new Pentax K5. Though lately I've been playing around  
> with good ol' fashioned Black and White photography with my old  
> Pentax ME Super (yep, a dyed in the wool Pentaxian here). Doing all  
> that by hand... processing film and making the prints myself. It is  
> amazing how much better the quality is if you do it yourself vs  
> taking it to a minilab. One of the things that really turned me off  
> of film photography at the end was that machine processed prints  
> were either: milky, soft in focus, or in the case of color prints  
> had a greenish cast. Always wanted to try my hand at darkroom  
> photography and now the prices for the stuff make this cheapskate  
> happy. :) I picked up an Omega B-66XL enlarger off of craigslist for  
> the grand total of $0.
> From: Ron Mitchell <bytehacker at tallcedarskennels.com>
> To: coladam at adamcon.org
> Sent: Wed, March 30, 2011 8:47:59 PM
> Subject: [Coladam] Pics of Panama cruise
> Here's the link to my picasaweb site for the Panama Cruise Album.
> Enjoy - if you wish.
> https://picasaweb.google.com/rm2892/PanamaCanalCruiseMarch2011?feat=directlink
> Ron Mitchell
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