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February 17, 2012

new camera – it’s just a newer model of the one I love and use all the time


there are more beeps and whistles – yes – it actually make those sounds

the camera is well-known for the German lens and this model has an even better macro which is what I use all the time, but I haven’t quite figured it out – yet!



starting with what I know best, the hearts are getting stitched down. This one, with silk wings is my heart of a dragon.





closer   and








how I wish I was more “computer minded” and it wasn’t all such a struggle!


Spring is on the way









according to my plant dictionary the hellebore is the ancient name of various plants supposed to cure madness!!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 8:32 am

    I recently got that very same camera! Also having had an older version before which finally malfunctioned. So far I like the new one but I find occasionally the colours need tweaking to be more accurate. The focus is good though. My trick with learning how to use it is to just play with it awhile, go back and read part of the manual, play some more and repeat – at least until the important stuff becomes second nature. I sometimes forget things that I rarely use so re-reading sections of the manual helps. And some functions I know I’ll never use so I just ignore them.

    Anyway, I enjoy your photos!


    • February 23, 2012 10:06 am

      thanks, Louisa. I’m playing, downloading and deleting!! I wanted the new version because I didn’t want the old one suddenly quitting while I was in Japan and I need time to become proficient. Anyhow the printed manual is good for installing the battery and memory chip #**! the useful stuff is downloaded on the computer – the printout too cumbersome to stick in your back pocket and not helpful when out on the West Coast in the forest. Onward!


  2. February 21, 2012 10:46 pm

    Obsiolete? Did I hear you calling me?


  3. February 18, 2012 8:57 am

    oh, jean, i AM obsolete…but i’m still kicking! i use about 1/1000 of my camera’s capability, and 1/100000000 of my macbook’s. sigh.


  4. February 18, 2012 5:19 am

    Hi Jean, I also have a new camera, looking very similar to yours and, so far, although I intended to master it before our trip to Japan, I have only used it on the iA setting! Must do better!!


  5. February 17, 2012 7:12 pm

    i came across a website the other day about photographing fiber art, when looking for content for the newsletter, it’s actually really good and should help you out ( the purples of the hellebore are so soft and lovely. the dragon heart is enchanting, as well!


    • February 17, 2012 8:09 pm

      thanks Anastasia – it’s not so much photographing the textiles although that certainly can be challenging. the technological advances in electronics/cameras etc are almost more than I can keep up with. sometimes think I’m going to be obsolete before I’m dead! I’ve printed out the website, it looks very well written and helpful


      • February 18, 2012 6:07 am

        i’ve only owned three cameras so far, and each one was more advanced than the previous. luckily, the user manuals have gotten easier to understand, or i would be lost! the funny thing is, the ones with less buttons, which at first look easy, are a little harder because everything is in the menu screen. i was playing around with a dslr camera last week, and wow! talk about intimidation! i had to return it for a simpler camera…


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