Playing with New Camera

The new camera arrived. It is a SONY Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V 18.2 MP 20x Optical Zoom. It has a lot of features including autofocus, scene recognition and image stabilization. But even that is not enough to turn me into a good picture taker. I find that I know what I want it to do but am way behind the curve (have a lot to learn) in terms of achieving the desired outcome. For example when I take pictures of birds, they tend to blur because the subjects are not sitting still for me. Also I donít always get good color. I plan to work on it so consider this just an update.

One feature of the camera is that it will automatically stitch pictures into a panorama. It helps set the backdrop for the blogs. Here a couple of the early tries of our back yard. The first is shot from the top balcony and the second is ground level. You can see the two rock walls on the East and West end of the yard.

Panorama View

Ground Level View


Geese Close Up

More Geese

We have seen at least four different species of woodpecker. I have yet to get pictures of the pileated woodpecker or northern flicker but we have seen them. Here are pictures of four individuals of at least two species.

Woodpeckers on Suet

Ground Feeders


Heron Departing

Birds Flocking

Frodo (for Meg)

All for now:

Mark and Wink

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