You might recognise the house on the left from the
perspective grid drawing I made the other day. This is the view
from my studio window of the lower end of Coxley Valley.
The image is stitched together from 6 photographs, a feature of
my digital camera that I've never tried before.
After watching Arden putting his digital SLR through its paces
yesterday, I decide to ask my friend David Stubbs,
who originally recommended the Canon PowerShot
to me (as did a number of other keen photographers), to give me
some hints on using mine. I'm ashamed to say that I've been using
it - with excellent results - on the 'automatic' setting since I
bought it 7 or 8 months ago.
David points out that if I wanted just the automatic setting I
could have bought myself a cheaper, simpler camera. I chose the
PowerShot 5 in part for its macro setting yet I've never got around
to reading the manual to find out exactly how it works.
David, who is one half of a canoe-building business in Cumbria,
tries it out on some of the bits and pieces on the lunch table.
The quality is stunning; these reduced cropped details hint at the
photographic quality of the full-sized images. In my opinion, it
routinely gives better results than I was able to get with my much-loved
Pentax Spotmatic, which I've used since student days.