Friday, July 29, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
I just got myself a new little toy in the recent Canon Refurbished website sale (got a really good deal on it and you'd never tell it's not brand new!)- a Canon G16 point and shoot camera. For a while I've been wanting something smaller and easier to stick in a pocket than my DSLR, but better and more controllable than my phone camera- and this seems to fit the bill nicely :) The very nice and fast (f/1.8) lens retracts fully, it has full manual control (along with a really good auto mode), and, best of all, it shoots RAW! It gets really good reviews as an "enthusiast's point and shoot".
I've just been playing around with it for a couple of days, but I'm very happy so far! This will be a great camera to keep in the car or in my desk, or to take on a hike on vacation if I don't want to carry the big DSLR. The image sensor is still tiny, so it won't replace the DSLR for serious stuff, but it'll still take pictures that I can print or use on web that I won't be ashamed of ;)
Here's a few shots from the first couple of days as I play around with it...
|Surprisingly good in low light for such a tiny sensor...|
|...no flash used :)|
|The detail is quite good.|
|And the dynamic range to get the dappled sunlight in the woods...|
|...is quite impressive too.|
|This is using the special "bokeh" portrait mode.|
|Holly enjoying the coolth and putting up with the paparazzi.|
|The macro mode is a nice bonus.|
|Doofenshmirtz dog :)|
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
...for a couple of days.
Holly took off after a rabbit in front of the church this morning as we were opening up, and i think it was too much for muscles that hadn't warmed up- as she can back limping :(
She already seems better, but to be on the safe side we'll take it easy with controlled, leash walks for a day or two.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
(shame I had to be reminded I have a dashcam- ignore the timestamp in the corner, it's never right)
It has awesome suspension travel and after applying a few of the mods I found on the interweb I think it's probably as good as some of the rosck crawlers going for 4 times as much. Not that it will mean much to most people, but I have: added weight to the wheels by taping metal washers around the inside of the rims (3oz in the front, 1 1./2oz in the back), star-cut the tire foams, cut every other ridge off the tire treads to give it more grip, upgraded the battery to a 2200mAh 3S lipo, and changed the motor for a 35T one (much faster and just as torque-y as the stock one).
Today was the first time I've really done more than drive around the parking lot, and so the aim was to see if I could do the entire middle loop (about 1 1/2 miles) without touching it, ie. it had to get around under it's own steam with me just controlling it- no moving it out of trouble allowed- and it did it! there was one touchy moment when I approached a big rock at too straight an angle and rolled it, but I managed to spin the wheels and get it back upright without having to touch it. Some of the terrain around the woods is pretty steep- so I'm really impressed with it, and it used less than half the available safe charge in the battery.
Holly was a little distrustful of it, but after a few minutes she just happily jogged along with it (I'm very glad I went with the faster motor- it means it can do more than a brisk walking pace on the flat so I don't have to slow my usual pace).
Perhaps tomorrow, if it's not as crazy hot as they predicted, we'll see if I can do the whole, long loop with it... and then I've got to look into where to mount the camera... ;)
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Sunday, July 03, 2016
Friday, July 01, 2016
And that's the bank I climb down to get to the stream with Holly- so I must have walked right through the middle of it :(
So I am obviously going to avoid that spot from now on, but I feel bad for Holly not being able to cool off at the end of some furious tennis-ball chasing. I have reversed my direction around the woods, now going counter-clockwise, so we get to the bottom of the other stream towards the end of the walk so Holly can cool off there-
However, as you can see, the water is hardly deep enough for her to get properly wet. A few years ago there used to be a dam making this pool bigger, but over the years it must have been washed away in the winter storms- so I decided to rebuild it for the benefit of Holly and the other dogs who come to the woods:)
Today I went in water shoes and with heavy gloves and put in about an hours work building a new dam from rocks in the stream bed. Here is the before-