Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Grab Bag | 0 comments

Hi! Not too much to talk about today, so here’s a picture I took on my front porch. It’s a joyful discovery in a couple of ways: first, that sometimes you’re lucky enough to have the animals hold still for you; and second, that an old digital camera can still take a decent picture.

Let me tell you the particulars. I spotted this pair on my porch as I was going out to exercise. Naturally, I didn’t have my camera with me, so I went back inside to get it — a Kodak EasyShare CX7330, if you care. That model, if I remember correctly, is at least seven years old.

So I go back outside with the camera, turn it on — and get a red light. Not enough battery to take a picture, in other words. But the lizards are still there, so I go back inside to change the battery. This time I check before going back outside — and success! Green light on the camera.

I go back outside, this time with a working camera, and the lizards are still there. I take a picture…and I’m not happy. The lizards are in shade, you see, and the flash didn’t go off. So as near as I can tell, the picture is too dark to show what I’m aiming for. Also, it’s a little distant.

Well, I don’t want to get so close that I’m breathing on the lizards, so I adjust my zoom. I also adjust my flash. It has four settings; I used “Auto Fill.” Then I took the picture. Success! And a good thing, too; the flash startled the poor things, and they jumped and ran off. Oh well, at least I have something to remember them by. Ah, the joys of living in a rural part of Florida!

 

Two lizards

Two lizards on my front porch