Monday, 24 June 2013

New camera

Inspired by Wendy at Blue Borage, I recently bought a new camera.  If you could see my stock of cameras, you might think this unjustified.  I go back to 35mm and APS film systems, have a movement-triggered wildlife camera and a motorbike/windscreen cam, as well as a nice compact digital.  My Canon SLR 35mm film body went a while ago, but its lenses live on with a digital body picked up on Ebay. But the point is, even with an SLR reasonably long zoom lens, I have been missing out on distant telephoto targets.  So enter a superzoom bridge camera, a little smaller than an SLR with a standard lens, capable of bringer those distant objects really close.

Our long-planned week-long trip to the Outer Hebrides offered an opportunity to try it out.  I was interested to test some of its overall capability, but also interested to see what I could gather in the way of wildlife shots.  That last category I will leave for another blog.  Here's a short account of the trip in some other images.

I first crossed to Skye on the ferry from Kyle of Lochalsh about 50 years ago.  The 'new' bridge does seem a bit of a cheat, but it is very convenient, and photogenic with the Skye peaks in the background.

We drove across Skye, stopping off briefly at a couple of favourite places in Portree, and caught the afternoon ferry to Lochmaddy on North Uist from Uig on Skye's north-west coast.  This is the ferry coming in (I'm getting used to the telephoto capacity here.)

 While we were waiting to board, Liz asked me take a photograph of a church on a distant hillside.  With a small amount of telephoto, this is how it looked:

To show off the camera's capability, this is maximum telephoto:

From the deck of the ferry (with hardly any roll, it was very calm) here is a view back to the Cuillins:

The rest of the images show the camera's ability to reproduce colours faithfully.  I am being lazy and using the straightforward, built-in formatting.  It is possible to extract RAW data and do more editing - something for another day.

Here is a North Uist sunset at about 11pm (15 June, a week to go to the longest day):

Here is Trinity Temple on South Uist, where Duns Scotus studied:

Here are hand-dyed, hand-knitted and crocheted works of art at the Hebridean Woolshed:

And to end with, a couple of landscape shots.  The first a standard shot of an-anything-but-standard beach (3 miles of deserted heaven - just the two of us all afternoon):

The second, an appreciation of the islanders' sense of colour fun - a crofter's shed picked out from a distant road in the late afternoon:

This camera is, in my humble opinion, a great bit of kit.


  1. Gorgeous~I've always wanted to visit which camera did you get! I am in need of a new one and I love bridge cameras. gail

    1. Skye is sensational, but this was my first visit to the Outer Hebrides beyond Skye and I think I have completely fallen for them. The camera is a Canon Powershot SX50 HS - seems to be the one which offers the longest telephoto capacity.

  2. Your photos are fabulous with some excellent telephoto shots. I hope you'll always be pleased with the camera and I look forward to hearing how you get on experimenting with the other features. The scenery is stunning, especially the beaches.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Wendy, and thanks again for the camera recommendation. It's obviously a much cleverer piece of kit than this owner, but I'm really looking forward to exploring more of its features.

  3. Excellent photos Ian.

    Optical zoom, the main area where cameras on phones fail badly and DSLRs and the new range of compacts still reign supreme.

    1. Thanks, Neil. Now I'm really looking forward to exploring some of the camera's special features - the instruction book is 280 pages long!