Trying my new camera -- 06/19/07

I spent a bit of time playing with my new camera yesterday.

It has so many features built-in that I think it will take a long time for me to find time to try them all out (not that I think I would use many of them, but I'd at least like to try them).

It's also so small compared to any previous camera I've used...
Olympus FE-230
Here's my first picture -- what else but a sleeping Tiger cat:
That picture was taken in my home office. The chair is positioned by the window for Tiger's use because he likes to look out the window (when he's not napping). The window is open and sometimes he stretches out on the window sill, but even in the winter when the window is never opened he still likes to sit on the chair and watch the outside world until nap time. (Of course when it comes time for serious napping he selects a softer surface.)

It's a 7.1 megapixel camera but it can be set to smaller sizes. I used a 2048 x 1536 size (which is a bit over three megapixels). They aren't that size here, of course. I used Photoshop to reduce them to 500 pixels by 375 pixels (and also saved them at "medium" resolution quality to keep file size down).

The camera has built-in memory but also can take memory cards. (Of course memory cards are so small now that they are smaller than a typical postage stamp.) I was given a 512 Mb card as part of this Father's Day package so I wanted to put it in the camera but it took me a while to figure out where it went. The small quick instruction guide didn't say. The thicker instruction manual also didn't give that information. I finally had to go to the full size reference manual (which comes as a PDF file on a CD) to find the answer. (It slips in next to the battery.)

I went for a bike ride about seven o'clock and brought the camera with me. I thought the camera did a good job in this very difficult shot because the camera was able to handle the extreme range of brightness from deep dark shadow to almost blindingly bright late day sunshine better than my eyes could.

This first picture on the bike path was taken while I was stopped. This second one was taken while I was actually riding.

So... a little bit of camera practice... I think I'm going to have a good time with this little camera.

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