Monday, October 12, 2009

Purple Potato Macro (Canon S90)

The macro function on the Canon S90 works pretty well. The camera focuses extremely close at the widest focal length, but once the lens is zoomed at all, a longer working distance is required. The Canon S90 has an option for the center of the screen to be magnified. Once AF-Point Zoom is is activated the focusing area is magnified, thus assisting in achieving sharp macro shots! Just like all the other great Canon compacts, the S90's macro function is activated by pressing a dedicated button inside the back scroll-wheel. Overall, the Canon S90 handles beautifully. The camera is perfect for my needs; just small enough for a pocket and enough resolving power as well. (This image was captured at a whopping 6.0mm, at f/2.5 with an ISO of 80.)

Agave Tip (Canon S90)

Purple Pebble Path (Canon S90)

To Go Neon (Canon S90)

This image is being shared to show the IS capability of the Canon S90. This image was taken after the sun set at f/2, ISO 80, and 0.30 second exposure. The composition is nothing to call home about, but I thought you might like to see how the camera handles with a low ISO handheld at night. We all know that cameras today can achieve high ISOs with relatively lower noise than last generation cameras. I could have taken this at ISO 800 and a faster shutter, but for me, there still is too much noise at the higher ISOs.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Corner Office (Canon S90)

With the fall foliage and stark architecture, this building speaks for itself.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dripping Silhouette (Canon S90)

The silhouetted statue pictured above is located at University of California at San Diego. The falling water splashing river rocks below instills calm on the surrounding courtyard. Another beautiful day here in San Diego, California.

Friday, October 9, 2009

First Snapshots - Canon S90

My new Canon S90 just arrived. I picked up the camera, dashed home, "patiently" waited 30 minutes to put a little juice into the battery, and started snapping. The camera is great. Sure "great" is a pretty generic term, but it is sums up the Canon S90 very well. The camera is nice to handle, saturates the blues and red hues well, has good image stabilization, and works quickly. Plus the menu system looks, and functions better than any other point and shoot that I have owned. More writing to come about the camera, and more photographs too!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pompeiian Bricks

Blue sky, ancient red brick, and bright sun. There could not have been a better day to visit Pompeii. Most people focus on the destruction inflicted by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, but the strength of ancient construction is fascinating. This red brick wall endured a volcanic eruption and the eroding forces of time.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Headless Berliner

Berlin was once a city marked by endless war, as displayed by this headless, limbless, and bullet riddled statue.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cool Blue Trevi

A cool blue evening fell upon the Trevi Fountain in Rome as a pleasant breeze gave respite from the barely tolerable warm wet air of summer. Romans and foreigners alike enjoyed the Trevi Fountain this fine evening in August. Italy is a country crisscrossed by aqueducts (modern and ancient) and the Trevi Fountain marks the end of the Acqua Vergine, an aqueduct with roots dating back to 19 BCE. Designed by Nicola Salvi and completed in 1762, the Trevi Fountain unites the community like so many Roman fountains. An art historian told our group that the Trevi Fountain's land was acquired by eminent domain (not fact-checked) and that the site was once a private residence. On this issue the world can agree that government intervention, along with skilled artisans and designers, brought beauty and enjoyment to countless millions!

Friday, October 2, 2009


This image encapsulates the impermanence of life. The crab exoskeleton and kelp stipe with pneumatocysts will one day erode into earthly nutrients just as the rock beach will turn to sand in years to come. Sand beaches seem to be the most common type of beach, so it is quite a nice surprise to stumble across a beach made up of large pebbles.