The Writing’s In the Sky

It only took a few tries, a fair amount of cash, and lots of patience, but …

I think I have found my most-of-the-time camera.  So far, I’m loving the new Nikon Coolpix A1000.  Sure, the tech reviews weren’t great, but since I’m not a professional photographer, the camera does everything I need it to do, does it well, and the controls are soooo easy.  The settings are nearly identical to the old Olympus, with just enough difference that there will be a very small learning curve (like, where in the heck is that macro setting?).  I’m ok with that.

Searching for a new camera can be as stressful as, well, wondering who’s at the door when you’re not expecting company:

Who’s There?

And, there’s the research involved, and the need to contact others for advice:

Radio Tower

The whole buying-a-new camera process is certainly nothing to sneeze at:


But if ultimately you can find a camera that suits your needs, without requiring a second mortgage on your home, it’s well worth it.  Check out the photos with my new camera – and note that none of them are excessively blue (bad, bad Nikon Coolpix B700 – you have been retired unless I need that 60X zoom):

The Pond


The Hideout in the Woods


Shady Path

Not one of those photos required extensive editing.  That makes me very happy.

Initially, I was concerned about the purple spot on the Hideout photo, but none of the prior or subsequent pictures had that, so maybe I just had my fingers too close to the lens or a sensor or maybe a speck of dust got on the lens or maybe the light was weird in that particular place  (or maybe there really was something purple on the trunk of that tree which I didn’t notice before taking the photo).

One drawback with the A700, however, is that everything’s very close together; people with big fingers might find it annoying, especially when the LCD monitor blacks out just as you’re about to shoot, because your finger has gotten too close to the viewfinder sensor.  I’ve learned to hold the camera more carefully and haven’t had any further issues with monitor vs. viewfinder.

It is Labor Day weekend here in the U.S.  Summer will be officially over soon.  Mother Nature felt a need to remind me of that:

The First Changing Leaves

Happy long weekend to those in the U.S., and happy regular weekend to everyone else.  May the summer end in peace for all of us.


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Images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalie Studio


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19 Responses to The Writing’s In the Sky

  1. Jane says:

    Well done. Your photography is really good and I am glad you have a camera that you like.


  2. Marc Beebe says:

    Well done! The purple spot looks like a bit of lens flare; internal reflection from the bright light on the leaves in a fairly high contrast situation. You could have spent 4X as much on a camera and still got it. I wouldn’t worry about it.


    • Thank you. Since publishing that post, I did realize that the purple spot only appears if I’m shooting into direct sunlight. I’m ok with that, I just make sure I stand at a different angle to the subject if the light’s too bright. But it’s good to know that very expensive cameras can have that flare, too.


  3. Trent Lewin says:

    Happy long weekend to you too. We have Labour Day in Canada as well (spelled a little different). Thanks for the photos – they still look like summer to me.


  4. Rivergirl says:

    Glad it’s working out. I may have to look into one soon.


  5. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Beautiful photos, CM! I’m so very happy for you that you have a camera now that you can depend on. There is nothing worse then fighting a camera when trying to use it. Happy long weekend!!!


    • Thanks, Amy. I thought about you yesterday. We went the Chestnut Ridge for a short time, but we went very late in the day so I knew you wouldn’t be there then. I did get a couple of nice skyline photos from the top of the hill. Hope to get those posted soon.


  6. Tippy Gnu says:

    I hope this new camera is trouble-free for many years. My B700 is still holding out, so I’m hanging onto it. I like your pictures.


    • Your B700 apparently isn’t one of the defective ones. If mine hadn’t developed those problems, I would have loved it. It’s still the best camera for some stuff, like the incredible zoom, and mine is still good for indoor shots, pet shots, and closeups.

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