Vacation Complete

Alas, our Memorial Day vacation has come to an end. Laura, Kyle and I have returned from Upper Michigan and are reluctantly resuming our normal, non-vacation activities. Photos and anecdotes (along with a review of X-Men: The Last Stand) to follow.

One thing that I got out of this vacation is a serious case of digital camera envy, thanks to brothers Adam and Keven and Aunt Susie. Adam has a Panasonic TZ1, which is right up my alley. It’s small, fast, has a brilliant LCD screen and takes very nice photos (and Quicktime movies). Keven and Susie both have cameras (Canon and Nikon, respectively) that are a bit out of my price and skill ranges. Then again, they both make money taking photos, so their equipment is a bit beyond what Joe Snapshot and I use. Keven has lenses for his camera that rival the Hubble Telescope in size and can take pictures through walls.

Just so you’re not left empty-handed, here’s a picture of my mother’s cat, Midgie, who decided that the lower deck of Kyle’s stroller looked pretty comfortable. As much as it may appear that Midgie is depositing a little something special for us, I assure you that is not the case. As is often the case with cats, Midgie realized just prior to the picture that she was doing something incredibly cute, so she decided to move. This picture was taken with my mother’s camera, which is an Olympus something-or-other. It’s a fine camera, but doesn’t make our HP PhotoSmart look like an Etch-a-Sketch quite the same way the Panasonic TZ1 does.

24 thoughts on “Vacation Complete”

  1. Although I’ve yet to see a Panasonic Digicam, I can vouch for Keven’s camera. Sweet.

    All my research leads me to either a Canon or a high-end Kodak for my next camera. My Favourite Canadian then gets the Pentax Optio 30. If not using red-eye reduction it usually gets the subject with closed eyes, and has a much too long lag time. Even so, it takes very acceptable photos and silent Quicktime movies.

  2. [Comment ID #2806 Will Be Quoted Here]

    High-end cameras are too much for Joe Snapshot, but I realize that you Elder Brothers have some photography chops. Giving Keven’s camera to me would be like putting a sixteen-year-old behind the wheel of a Formula One racer for his driver’s test.

    Hope you’re feeling better. Your family missed you last week, especially Friday night.

  3. [Comment ID #2808 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Indeed. I believe I’m running with 3.3 megapixels at the moment. The pictures are fine; my real issue is one of speed: the camera takes several seconds to write to the CompactFlash card after the picture is taken, and it’s very annoying.

  4. [Comment ID #2806 Will Be Quoted Here]

    On the subject of movies, Laura and I were both surprised at the quality of the movies Adam has taken with his camera. I’ll post the backhoe movie on the site sometime today, just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. They’re very sharp, and they even looked decent when I hooked the camera up to the television.

  5. [Comment ID #2810 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Or not. Turns out the backhoe movie is pushing 80MB. Looks good, though! I’ll put it on a CD at some point.

  6. Hope you’re feeling better. Your family missed you last week, especially Friday night.

    Did Uncle Matt have a pre-celebration gathering at his casa?

    Better is the correct operative. Day-by-day the improvements are subtle, but over the span of several I can tell. Been at least two weeks since I’ve blacked out. Haven’t needed a Tylenol 3/Skelaxin combo in about the same. I can now drive to work without doing the Tim Conway shuffle once I arrive. The Rapist, no… let me try that again. My therapist is pleased with my progress. Estimates 6-8 weeks to an 80% recovery.

  7. I gotta fevah, and the only prescription is….

    MORE MEGAPIXELS!

    Then I must be terminally ill.

    Although my camera is a 3.2MP, JPEGs are 1.5-1.7MP as stored. No option for RAW format. Movies are 160*160 or 320*320.

    My quest is for focal length (10x non-digital magnification) and aperture. I’m not getting enough light through the lens.

    The pictures are fine; my real issue is one of speed: the camera takes several seconds to write to the CompactFlash card after the picture is taken, and it’s very annoying.

    A burst mode would be great, but I think mine may have similar capabilities. It does take a second or two betwixt photos, but much more an annoyance is the tendency for the normal mode to take photos of people witht their eyes closed. Then you need to switch to red-eye reduction. That increases the flash charge time requirement. Newer cameras have gotten around this. In Best Buy I took a rapid series of photos of MFC with a demo camera. Eyes open with no red eye.

    All that being said, it takes a very good photo, has modes I may never use, and being a Pentax, it has many fine tuning options. It was a good deal at the time and I’ve taken over 1200 pics since I bought it in mid January.

  8. I do believe that I did most of the assisting…

    How totally out of character, I’d have put you with those needing assistance

  9. [Comment ID #2815 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Yo, yo, yo….

    Checkitout, checkitout…

    She’s being all…>…

  10. It definitely falls in the realm of “you had to be there.”

    It would appear then that I was not.

    Rats

  11. This is what I get for not having a computer at my disposal 24/7. It takes me weeks to come across, things such as this:

    Yo, yo, yo….

    Checkitout, checkitout…

    She’s being all…>…

    And I laugh because it brings back such fond memories of two of my elder brothers. I have to agree, that is funny right there, even though I still don’t completely understand, or rather comprehend, the

    She’s being all…>…

    aspect of it. Unfortunately Thagg is indeed toast as you absolutly had to be there, but you should take comfort in knowing that you were indeed missed. Uncle Bill had a few choice words about your being missed, but it is probably better that we just not go there.

    Then again, had you been there I would have more than likely had one more person to assist.

    Don’t worry KJToo and KJwon……you’re secrets are safe with me.

  12. Then again, had you been there I would have more than likely had one more person to assist.

    One of the things your eldest brother has learned over time is when to say when even against Uncle Matt’s persuasiveness.

    Don’t worry KJToo and KJwon……you’re secrets are safe with me.

    And with Uncle Bill. When I mentioned the pre-celebration gathering, he was very mum on the subject. What goes on at Uncle Matt’s….

  13. Don’t worry KJToo and KJwon……you’re secrets are safe with me.

    I don’t even know how I got included in this…

    And I plead ‘the fifth’ (amendment, not bottle).

  14. I don’t even know how I got included in this…

    And so the downward spiral begins as the truth is laid bare.

    Or something like that.

  15. I do believe that there was a fifth involved, actually it was probably more like five fifths!

  16. I do believe that there was a fifth involved, actually it was probably more like five fifths!

    So there was a ‘whole’ involved?

    I’m beginning to think it was a good thing to miss the gathering.

  17. Yes, there was a ‘whole’ involved, and I think that the problem might have been that it wasn’t a ‘whole’ [fifth] of any one thing….

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