Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Clouds over Mount Bachelor

Here are a few pictures of some cloud formations around Mount Bachelor in central Oregon. This was taken in late September (the 30th to be exact) before a late evening hike up the mountain. It was a beautiful evening and the clouds helped to offer a magnificent sunset. If you are ever interested in hiking Mt. Bachelor, there is a great trail system that leaves from the parking lot and goes all the way to the top of the mountain. It offers some great views of eastern Oregon as well as the Cascade mountain range.

These particular shots were taken with my Nikon Coolpix 5000. I really like this camera and it was one of my first nice cameras before I went DSLR. It is great for packing because of its small size but offers wonderful options. The Nikon optics are great and I have always been a big fan. It has been hard to switch to Canon for the DSLR, but Nikon has a lot of promise with their D200 for the semi-professional line.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Sunshine Through a Tree on the Oregon Coast

Here is another shot from the Canon PowerShot SD400. This is another great example of why this camera is so good to have around. It fits in your pocket yet it can produce some really nice pictures. This particular shot was taken in the late morning on the Oregon Coast. The focal length was set at 6mm (35mm equivalent of 37mm), aperture at f/2.8 and the shutter speed was 1/400s. Ofcourse this was all done in automatic mode but still quite stunning. My wife had many great shots on this particular trip to the coast, all with this tiny little camera. I know there are many others on the market and I am sure they do just as well. The beauty of these types of cameras is the ability to take them almost anywhere. Now we will have to see how well I can do in manual mode with the DSLR for the 4th of July....