Friday, 19 January 2018

Nikon Coolpix P90 test photos today in Ramsgate

I took my new secondhand camera out for a short time after lunch as the sun was out as I think I have pretty much mastered putting it on infinity while on auto.

This involves having the dial on top on auto and pressing the button on the back with the macro (small flower) symbol on it, which gives you a menu of, Auto Focus, Macro and Infinity. I’m a bit hazy about when this goes back to AF on its own or if it stays on infinity until you turn it off, I don’t think it does. 
 When I bunged the card in the computer some of the the pictures I had just taken (from King St and Harbour St seemed to be missing) this first one is from Harbour Parade
 An into the sun shot there too, to see what happens
 This is no zoom and you can see the gull, zoom victim on Pizza Express
 2 zoom shots hand held, camera on infinity focus wise




 the lion on the Queens Head next


 a bit hard to hols it still with this much zoom on, but as you can see the image stabilisation wosisname works fairly ok

 next the statue on the Pav
 One fuzzy and one sharp

 take my word for it there is a fishing boat on the horizon


 an issue with this sort of zoom is atmospheric distortion

 the picture above is no zoom the one below just enough to show there are ships on the horizon


 to be fair you couldn't really be certain this was a ship whit the naked eye

 the tower of the Ganville from the harbour wall picture above, no zoom





 I then realised there was more than one ship out there




Thursday, 18 January 2018

A fairly expensive moment in Ramsgate’s Cex Shop and some thoughts on camera’s and technology.

Although I enjoy writing this blog, taking pictures for it and sharing the historic local pictures, it pays its way by advertising my bookshop.

So another secondhand camera today which I hope, once I learn to use it properly, will take some pictures that would be very difficult to take with the camera on a mobile phone.

My day off today so I went off to Herne Bay and bought some books, then had to come back to Ramsgate at lunchtime and so had lunch at Wetherspoons in The Royal Victoria Pavilion here in Ramsgate.

The trouble with buying cameras or for that matter lots of other things, is that you can’t try them out before you buy them. One of the useful exceptions here is the Cex Shops now scattered around the area.

I have to admit that since I bought my first bridge camera last year, a Canon S3 IS I have been fascinated by the whole concept of bridge cameras, so I have been going into camera shops and Cex shops and trying some out.

Up to now, nothing I could reasonably justify gambling the money on looked worthwhile. But today when I tried out a secondhand £75 Nikon Coolpix P90 I decided to give it a try. The worst case scenario is selling it back to them for less.



This is Ramsgate Cemetery from Plains of Waterloo

 Holy Trinity from the same place

Birds over the sea

but this is the main thing I bought it for, a ship on the horizon

If you want some amusement here is what's on the camera card, all taken on auto, as I haven't a clue about the settings yet https://photos.app.goo.gl/b4zBoSBgeQA5aHSI3

For some comparison here are today's shots from the Canon https://photos.app.goo.gl/91suVf1z5RHqbEBA3

Sometimes I am just astounded that professional people are so far behind with their technology, one of my customers is retiring which involves moving and asked me about selling their books. Mostly paperback fiction. Have a look at the pictures of the fiction in my bookshop at http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/fiction/ says I. Then get out your mobile and photograph the spines of what you want to sell and then share the file of photos with me. Honestly I could just as well have been suggesting the engaged in some brain surgery, oh well.  

Here are yesterdays new arrivals in the bookshop

I did do a bit more to my watercolour of the clockhouse while was in Wetherspoons
 mainly these bits

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Old pictures of Ramsgate, Margate Weastgate, Birchington, Broadstairs from 1903


 Some of these pictures will probably expand fairly well when you click on them I think perhaps some won't

 I am certain of the date to withing a couple of years and would say that if you don't know the place then you probably don't need to. However feel free to guess away at the unlabelled and if you get desperate I do actually know the where as well as the when.

 This one is labelled near the top










Just thought to add a couple of photos of the pavilion exactly a year ago