Author Archives: Steve

Canon SX40HS vs. Nikon P500. Feature fight and IQ.

Okay, it is way too soon for a new camera. I seriously try to limit myself to one new camera every two years. My first real “super-zoom” or “bridge” camera was the Sony H9, and I fell in love with … Continue reading

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P&S4Landscape does the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Practicing Macro and Landscape In the two years since we last visited, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Maine has continued its steady development. The main campus and visitor center of the gardens first opened to the public in … Continue reading

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In Camera Processing! Nikon Coolpix P500

I have never been a fan of in camera processing, but I have to admit, if the Nikon Coolpix P500 is any indication, in camera processing has come a long way. There are two kinds of in camera processing. What … Continue reading

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Shooting the Clouds

(This post is adapted and expanded from a recent Pic 4 Today post!) I had forgotten how big the sky is on the High Plains of Colorado. The Rockies push up amazing clouds that drift (or drive as the case … Continue reading

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Acadia from under an umbrella…

the view from Gorham Mountain. Not quite raining. 4 shot panorama from Sand Beach to Otter Point. Click to enlarge. The weather, of course, does not always cooperate. My family and I tried to fit a few vacation days into … Continue reading

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Nikon Coolpix P500, Fuji HS20, vs. Canon SX20IS

This is only a vs. review in the sense that the Canon SX20IS was my current camera when I started looking for something new. I have been using superzoom bridge cameras for several years now…the Sony H9 and H50 in … Continue reading

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Photomatix Light HDR

Mousam River HDR One day, just as my experiments with multiple exposure High Dynamic Range imaging on the iPhone (using Pro HDR) were taking hold, I found myself face to face with a landscape suitable for HDR treatment…and no iPhone … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Point and Shoot: iPhone 4

It had to come to this, of course. My new iPhone has a 5mp camera with a back-illumined, low-noise, high sensitivity CMOS sensor, auto focus and auto exposure (or you can select the focus and exposure point with a tap), … Continue reading

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P&S for Wildlife: Digiscoped Video

(This is a parallel post from the blog I write for Carl Zeiss Sports Optics at zeisssports.wordpress.com.) It is getting so you can’t buy a digital camera (exaggeration ) that does not have at least 1280×720 HD video capture, or … Continue reading

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Quick Dramatic Landscapes in Lightroom

HDR (high dynamic range) has captured the attention of many photographers these days, not always for the good of the art, imho, but there is little doubt the technique produces images with high drama. Most HDR work involves 3 or … Continue reading

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