I spent a nice birthday earlier having lunch with a friend and then hiking along the C&O Canal Towpath. It gave me an opportunity to practice with my new camera.
I have run through the little 8-page set-up guide that came with the Canon, so next I have to print off the 180 page manual and refer to it. My friends say to just refer to it on line, but, well, it's not written that well and to refer to it and apply whatever it says to the camera, I have to have the instructions open in front of me.
The camera has a 40X zoom which brings things incredibly close but it's tricky to use because it's hard to find the subject in the field as the initial blurriness of the focus clears, and then hold the camera steady enough to get a clear picture at that magnification. The slightest tremor or most minor tremble throws off the field or blurs the picture, so I have to practice this feature.
But I am pleased with the new camera and it takes pictures with close detail and vivid colors. I spent an enjoyable birthday.