Thursday, September 29, 2016

Shirt Pocket Digital

Lumix Dimensions: 3.74 x 2.1 x 0.89″
I paid ten bucks for this nice little Pansonic Lumix a couple weeks ago at a yard sale.  The camera came in a box with all the documentation and a couple of cables.  It was missing a memory card and the battery charger.  The card was no problem as I had several around the house.  I found a Hong Kong seller on ebay offering the charger for $4.59, shipping included.
    The camera yields 10 megapixel images and has a pretty nice lens which is nearly as sharp as the one on my Canon Powershot and without the pincushion aberration of that one.  A full set of control features is crammed into the tiny frame.  The view screen is good sized, but something of a challenge to use in full sun.  I also found that it is very difficult to keep the camera from jiggling off the target while the zoom is extended and the camera is being held at arm's length.

Since we are planning a brief road trip to Chaco Canyon soon I decided to take the camera for a walk along the West Mesa escarpment to see how it would handle petroglyphs and their environment.

The star figures are a common motif in the rock art of the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque.  They are said to represent Venus.  Some have bodies and are carrying bows and clubs.

This is a nice time of year to visit the Petroglyph National Monument.  The temps are comfortable and there are still quite a few wildflowers like this Datura.

The petroglyphs are located at the leading edge of an ancient volcanic flow from some small volcanoes to the west of Albuquerque.  This time of year, the sharp, ragged borders of the basalt boulders are softened by cushions of blooming rabbitbrush.


Jim Grey said...

And so we've entered the era of cheap used decent digital gear! This little camera seems to be a great P&S companion. The electric greens you got could stand to be tamped down a little though! (My Canon S95 tends toward electric greens too.)

Mike said...

Probably the Photoshopping more than the camera. Getting past the surface reflections on the rock surfaces takes quite a bit of adjustment of contrast and levels. I'll have to try some shots in more subdued light to get a better idea of the color balance that the camera provides.