Saturday, July 9, 2011
Fourth Day Observations
Between the third and fourth days of my vacation I switched from using a 7-year-old Fuji Finepix 3100 camera to using a new Fuji Finepix 3300. The new Fuji has a lot more features and was actually cheaper (even before adjusting for inflation). The main difference: An optical zoom of 26x instead of 6x.
The down side is that I didn't really learn how to use it until after I returned home. Oh, well. Many shots still turned out better than they would have had I been using my old camera.
Morning... and the three biggest rocks on the east side of our beach are almost completely buried. It was spooky the way things kept changing overnight.
Afternoon at the park... and the waves have acquired a bit of a snarl.
The Vermilion lighthouse - or a replica - just outside the Inland Seas Maritime Museum. The Museum will be closing this year and then moving to new digs in Toledo. Even though it was obvious that things hadn't been kept up the way they used to be, I still enjoyed my visit. (Why in the world did local leaders allow this one to slip away? Seems to me to be one more example of being penny wise and pound foolish.)
The following five shots showed me just what a 26x optical zoom can do:
None of those boats were very close to shore.
That's Huron, Ohio in the background of the last shot. Those utility poles beyond the boat were at least 6 miles away from the spot where I was standing.
Just off to the left is the southernmost part of Lake Erie. You can't see it from Vermilion but it's there all the same.
One more dramatic sundown in an unbroken series of them. The daily storms proved to be a dependable source of enchanting light effects. I never saw a cloudless sunset but I'm betting that they're pretty boring in comparison. (Well, until the sun hits the water and it all boils away, anyway.)
That's Cedar Point (Ohio's version of Coney Island) in the distance as seen from our lower deck.
Here's another view of Cedar Point. If my calculations are correct, it was at least 15 miles away.
Had I known that 26x optical zoom cameras were this much fun I might have been tempted to steal one years ago.
Posted by DJ at 10:32 PM