first light of morning
finds this bloom
asking to be taken, now.
~~ Lenny La Rue
This shot was taken in Sacramento’s Capitol Park just as the first light reached the bloom. I shot the first full blossom to get full sunlight. The original was in colour but the early reviews I received all said it looked much better in black and white.
There was massive editing to the background which was “burned” because light hit everything behind and most around the subject. However, there was nothing done to the actual flower; it was indeed perfect.
“magnolia” is also a testament to the power of your everyday “pocket rocket” camera: it was shot with a Olympus IR-500 that literally folded into a small, metal-cased wonder. I fit in a shirt pocket! Just 4 megapixels. I have yet to capture an image this well with either of my DSLR cameras. For less than $100, today’s compact cameras are extraordinary at 10-14 megapixels. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. :-)
Two notes from Sept 2010…
This piece has been seen more than almost anything else I’ve put in Red Bubble and has neither won a challenge nor been featured in a group to date. Not that I’m whining but I just entered it in the Rejection Recovery Group. If it doesn’t get approved I’ll truly know what rejection is. LOL!
The above mention of ‘megapixel wonders’ needs MAJOR… rewording. Tiny digital ‘instamatic’ (“pocket rockets”) are available with resolutions of 14mp. I have one: a Vivitar ViviCam F529. I haven’t made a purchase of anything this worthless in years. 14 megapixels? Uh, yes but don’t try to USE it. The noise is enough to deafen a stone. It quite literally burns off the bottom third of any image set for JGP Fine and 14mp. The rest of the image looks like it was hit by paintball gun filled with red buckshot. It’s so bad it can’t be edited out by making the shot black and white; the ruined red pixels are clumped so much removing them just creates grain without any colour, There’s a super-past multishot option. If you can read the warning message that pops up if you try to use it with anything higher them 8mp (The message is visible for less than 1/4 second), you’ll know your settings have all been defaulted to 60% lower than 14mp. It took a while but I finally got the camera’s moronic artificial noises to back off, well all except the ticking while the camera focuses
Which leads me to macro focusing. The Vivitar will focus fairly well, if painfully slowly and ticking like a bomb. But don’t get too close to the subject: the camera will give up trying to focus and lock up everything except the off button. I’ve recreated the problem a dozen times because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Yes, the camera becomes useless if it tries to focus too closely. Utterly amazing. That will get you back into the menus because almost none of the settings are saved even if the camera doesn’t crash. I have been forced to re-enter everything from file size to macro to flash to multishot.
This camera isn’t worth $10, not even for your kids. Sure it’s a pocket rocket will a whopping 14mp but if you can’t get a single shot without massive noise, settings being incompatible with other common settings, complete lockout, and cheesy noise, what’s it worth? Now for the BAD NEWS: nobody carries the replacement battery; you have to order it thru Vivitar! If you’ve already made the mistake of buying this garbage, don’t forget to download the manual that doesn’t come as included with the damned camera!
Buyer beware! Overall price + high megapixels = nada. It MIGHT equal a worthless lump of electronics you can’t even drop in the trash legally!