Throughout this publication you will notice several photographs. In fact, you will notice several hundred photographs. Some of them are even good ones, if we do say so ourselves.
All our photographs are protected by copyright laws, so if you use them without permission, why, we'll be very upset and sue you. You should see our lawyer. He blots out the sun. If you want to use one, just email us (see bottom of right-hand menu) and tell us why, and where. It's that simple.
Most of the photographs taken here were recorded on a digital camera. Back in 2000 when we first began doing this, I started with an Olympus D-360L, and then moved up to an Olympus C-4000. The former is a 1.3 Megapixel device, and the pictures it takes are OK. Very good close-ups, fairly good everything else. What I really like about it is you can operate it with one hand (slide open the cover and shoot) and it appears to be very rugged, as I've dropped it several times, not to mention the abuse it takes bumping down the ghost-town trail in my fanny pack, choked with dust from following Luis. It'll hold about 146 photos in SHQ (1280 x 960) mode, enough for most visits.
Luis was taking pictures with his trusty Nikon film camera (you remember film). Because his ultimate goal is to be more like me, Luis has picked himself up a Nikon Coolpix 2500. It's sleek and stylish, it had a 2 megapixel CCD sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens, and because the lens and flash unit are protected when rotated to the vertical position, you don't need a case or a lense cap. Nice little camera.
In an obvious one-upsmanship which I immediately countered, Luis purchased himself a Fujifilm S602 Zoom which should take some delightful digital photographs. Heck, it looks like a real camera, don't it?
I let Luis have his fun, temporarily. Then I purchased a Fuji S9000, a 9.0 million pixels SLR-like digital with a 28-300mm (10.7x) Fujinon zoom lens with manual twist-barrel zoom control. It's got a sensitivity setting of ISO 1600 for photography in low light conditions, a tilting LCD screen for easy high and low angle shooting, and 0.01 second shutter lag and 0.8 second start-up times. It's a big improvement over the Olympus and I hope I don't drop it off a mountain somewhere because that would really, really make me sad.
Well now it's 2015 and it's time to update this baby. Luis has been using his Canon Rebel T3, a 12 Megapixel digital SLR. I just ordered a new camera, a red Nikon COOLPIX S9500 Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 22x Zoom and GPS. It should be nice and handy for whipping out of a pocket to take a quick snap; it's got 18Meg resolution so in case I take a good photo by mistake I can make an 8x10 out of it; and it's got a built-in GPS so I can tell exactly where I was when I took the photo, instead of laboriously matching our GPS tracks with the camera time stamps. It supposedly also has an HDR setting which I see is all teh rage this week. We'll see about that.
By the way, I borrowed some of the the photographs from the ultra-way-cool camera site, namely, Digital Photography Review. If you're going to buy a camera without looking here first, well, there's just something wrong with you, that's all.
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