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Friday 17 April 2015   —   Category: Shooting

My 13-year-old daughter Olivia is really starting to get a passion for photography. Interestingly, she is right around the age I got bitten by the photography bug. There must be something about junior high school ... or perhaps photography is in the genes after all!

I recently bought myself a new pocket camera — the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50. So I gave Olivia my previous one — the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR. Since then she has been snapping away at a furious rate!

Just this morning she was complaining that she was having a very hard time focusing the F900 close up to a crane fly on the window of our house. So I took the camera from her and gave it a try. She was right — for some reason, the F900 was having a very difficult time. Hmmm ... strange.

Then I grabbed my wife’s Sony DSC-HX20V, but it wasn’t any better, and in fact, perhaps a bit worse. So I ran upstairs to get my ZS50 to see what it could do. I was delighted when it focused on the crane fly on my first try!

To the right you can see a 100%-crop enlargement of the first photo I took. I am really happy with the sharpness I was able to achieve with some processing in Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop. As I demonstrated in my sharpness shootout and in my bird feeder photos, the ZS50 holds it own when it comes to focus.

Not much later I was looking out another window when I noticed a large, somewhat-faint mark up near the top. It took a few moments for me to realize that it had been made by a fly swatter! The sun was just peeking over my neighbor’s house, shining on my window but leaving his house in shadow. It was the perfect lighting to see and photograph the mark!

Considering the great shots I got of the crane fly just before, perhaps I am ridding myself of worthy photographic subjects when I kill insects! Maybe live and let live would be a better approach!

You can see all four picture I took today in the Homemade Images 2015 album.
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