Ooh! New Camera

Rosa 'Eugene de Beauharnais'
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Rosa 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'
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Cameras have certainly improved over the past seven years.  Wow.  
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This new camera is so much lighter than the old one. 
Camellia japonica:
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The new model does not have what the old one did:  that long long delay between hitting the shutter button and the shutter actually opening and shutting.  I learned to hold very still for quite a long time that way.
Winter Hydrangea flower:
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It's going to take some getting used to all the new buttons and menus and all the buttons are in different places and the menus are all different and the zoom is very different...
Aeonium
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In the meantime, the Aloe striata inflorescence is  emerging.  The first year I saw this, I thought it was Aloe Gall Mite and I cut it out.  Oops.  It wasn't.  It was the flower.
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Yet Aloe striata forgave me, and bloomed the following year.  In my wanderings around the Web, I've read that you can tell a purebred A. striata from a hybrid (hybrids are extremely common in Southern California, apparently) because a pure A. striata doesn't have bumps along the edges of the leaves.  Mine is pretty smooth.

Aloe 'Blue Elf' is in its prime now:
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An Aloe greatheadii bloom is starting to emerge as well. This photo turned out kind of cool:
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Of course I am still staring at marlothii.
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I am going to be fumbling around, flummoxed with this newfangled machine for a while, so bear with me.   After seven years with the same camera, I had my routine memorized so thoroughly I didn't have to think about it.  Now everything seems new and strange.  I don't plan on going back to the old camera, though!   It's rather eccentric nowadays to buy a machine dedicated strictly to camera functions.  Most people use the one in their phones.  Perhaps someone should just add basic phone functions to a camera, for odd people like me. 
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Comments

  1. Those roses are so beautiful, great photos with your new camera.
    xoxoxo ♡

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  2. It looks like you've got to grips with your new camera already! Great shots!

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  3. Wow, your newfangled machine is taking some amazing photographs! Isn't it fun getting a new camera?? Enjoy getting to know you new best friend!!

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  4. Digital camera technology (do you even need to say "digital" anymore when referring to a new camera?) is still progressing quite quickly, so seven years is forever!

    Have fun with it, and experiment!

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  5. Hi Hoovb, congratulations to your new camera. The photos look fantastic! Wishing you that you are familiarizing yourself quickly with it, but judging by the pictures you have come already a long way! May I ask what new model you are using?
    Christina

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  6. Hoovb, I'm in the market for a new camera, and these photos are stunning especially the reds and whites. I have the most trouble with those colors. Do you mind saying which camera it is? Btw, you've given me a new appreciation for aloes. I only see the 'generic' aloe here. Beautiful photos!

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  7. New gadgets are great aren't they? Love your aloes. Wish I had your climate to grow them. 25 and wet here now.

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  8. They are all fabulous, just like your shots with the previous one! But of course, they said it is not in the camera, but in the eyes! Like Sherryocala i would love to know the camera details too. I love that DOF, maybe it has f1.4?

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  9. It's a Sony Alpha 65. It can take old Minolta lenses, which I had a couple of very good Minolta lenses on my film camera which I never use anymore. Shame to let the good lenses go to waste, so I could get the Sony camera body and reuse my lenses.

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  10. California here I come, (I wish.) Great shots with the new camera especially Rosa 'Easy Does It' is that really its name, I will have to see if it is available in the UK. I was about to ask which camera you got, but oh, just spotted.

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  11. Hi Alistair,

    Rosa 'Easy Does It' is a Harkness rose and it is sold in the UK as well as the US. Very nice rose!

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  12. Wow! Amazing photos of beautiful blooms.

    You may like to post up on my Floral Friday Fotos meme, which is up every Thursday (Australian time) and open until the next Wednesday:

    http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com.au/

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  13. Hoovb, thanks for telling what model your new camera is! I am shooting with a Sony Alpha 300 and I am quite happy with it. Even though it is an older model I still haven't made use of all the possibilities that this camera offers, yet.
    Christina

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