Friday, November 21, 2008

scenes from italy

italy has to be one of the most photogenic countries on earth, although i hardly seem to have a hard time finding things to take pictures of wherever i am. the bad news is that my camera requires retirement after the damage received on this trip. the good news is that its time to upgrade my technology! any camera suggestions? i've heard the new canon powershot g10 is excellent, but it might not fit into my little camera bag that i really like :(

anyway, here are some of my favorite scenes from italy.


the colosseum in rome


roman romance


man watching the scene in naples


mount vesuvius from the ferry to capri island


idyllic italy: capri


pompeii


(abbey road?) pompeii


beautiful marble sculptures recovered from the cities devastated by the 79 AD eruption of mt. vesuvius


the town of atrani


in the town of rovello


idyllic italy: amalfi coast


hello moon

these shots represent a simple preview of many images i have to share! enjoy!

5 comments:

Julia said...

GORGEOUS.

Jeff Schaefer said...

Very nice photographs!


Many consider the Canon G10 to be the best compact camera on the market because of its many SLR features... spot-meter, aperture / shutter priority, full manual, RAW format, flash hot-shoe, viewfinder diopter adjustment, servo AF tracking. And most appealingly, the controls are traditional dials. It’s the compact camera for the pros, and I want one.

However, the RIGHT camera for you depends on your priorities. Here are the three primary differences that you need to consider...

How important is size? The G10 is smaller than a SLR, but it is not shirt-pocket-size. If’ that’s too big, you don’t want to hate lugging the thing around, especially if you don’t value its features.

Do you want to control the camera, or do you want it to ‘just take the picture’? If you are a photo enthusiast and study photography, then the G10 or a SLR is appropriate. If you want to ‘let the camera decide’, then don’t waste your money on a G10. (But honestly, if you are really into photography, I’d get a small SLR like the Rebel XSI.)

How important is being able to photograph in low light (like in deep shade or indoors without a flash)? If low-light abilities are a priority, then ANY current SLR from ANY manufacturer will blow away the G10 in terms of high-ISO with low noise. I mean flat-out, hands-down, no comparison.


We have a Canon SD something (don’t remember the number). It’s a nice little camera, but I only use it when I don’t want to carry a SLR. I do recommend the Canon point-n-shoots.

Here are two sites that make recommendations:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/best_cameras.html
http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM

heroineworshipper said...

Pictures like this make U want to give cheap digicams another look. Only haul around monsterous SLR's because they take mean astrophotographs.

astropixie said...

yeah, i'm a point-n-shoot kind of girl for the most part, and i dont tend to spend much time on post-processing either.

one complaint i have with all the canon powershots that i've owned is that i cant get good contrast between very bright and very dark. for instance, if there's a sunlit background and in-shadow foreground, then either the foreground is too dark if i want definition in the background, or the background is oversaturated if i want definition in the foreground. i cant tell if its just my lack of skills or the lack of ability of the camera that causes this problem.

so...?

Jeff Schaefer said...

HA! Welcome to one of the most common challenges of photography. No camera can deal with wide differences in exposure values. You pick the most important area and expose for it, or deal with it another way… I.E. change the scene, fill flash, or help it in post processing. RAW would help there. So would multiple exposures blended together.

I don't think your problem is specific to Canon. All digital cameras have relatively low dynamic range as compared to negative film. And even then it was still a problem. Maybe look for a camera where you can adjust the contrast down. You can not adjust the contrast on our Canon SD800 IS. I have a feeling that any camera where you can adjust the contrast, it would not affect the picture modes.