Waiting for Spring

In winter, the parks wait quietly for better weather and the return of visitors.


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Playing In The Park

I had some time while waiting for a family member and, as usual, I had a camera with me. Since I was near Leif Erickson Park and the Duluth Rose Garden, two popular parks in Duluth, I took time to wander around and see what would catch my eye.  The roses are not yet in bloom, but other flowers were and there were other subjects that caught my attention.  I used three different lenses and once again experimented with depth of field and framing.
Later, when examining the images, I decided that next time I will try expanding my focus points to allow more of certain subjects to be in focus.  Some of the flower shots could have benefited from more overall focus.  However, the bokeh is pleasing in some and I want to improve upon the selective focus used in a couple of others.

Winter Colors

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On an unseasonably warm February day, it seemed appropriate to take a moment and savor the vibrant red of the red twig dogwood growing along the walking path.

The Conservatory

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The conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul, MN.

Sony RX100 V, ISO 250, 14.7mm, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec

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No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t come up with an appropriate title for this image.

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Sony RX100 V, ISO 250, 25mm, f/4.0, 1/50sec

Tickets

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I used a trip to Como Park in St. Paul, MN to play with a new toy, a Sony RX100 V, which is the fifth generation of the well regarded RX100 series.  I’m putting it through it’s paces, trying to learn the menus and capabilities.  And so far, it is not disappointing me.  I’ve only scratched the surface of what it can do and what is in it’s extensive menus.  But I do like having, to what amounts to, a DSLR that fits in my pocket.  The 24-70mm equivalent lens suits me fine, if I need more reach, then I can reach for my full size DSLR and strap on the appropriate lens.  For stealth shooting, this camera is fantastic, especially since I can choose to mute the shutter sound.  As recommended, I did invest in a couple of extra batteries and, although a bit overpriced, I added the stick on grip, which, because of the small size of the body, does provide a more confident feel in my hands.  I like that it has a viewfinder, but have not used it much as of yet, probably will be more useful in bright outdoor situations when the display is hard to see.  The display is articulating, which makes getting those awkward shots easier and even flips completely around for selfies.  It’s not a touch display, but that doesn’t bother me, I’ve lived this long without that feature on a camera and survived.  It also shoots 4K video, but that was not a selling point for me.  I shot one short test video, but unless you have a pretty beefy setup for editing, it’s hard to work with.  Also, at this time, I just don’t feel the need for the increase in quality for video.  Perhaps in the future.

I’m not giving up my full size DSLR, but this is a nice option to have in my bag and I’m sure more of the images I capture with this camera will show up on future blog posts.

 

Sony RX100 V, ISO 125, 15.52mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec