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November 14, 2008

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moth on a marigold

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Remember the marigolds?  I did go back another day and get the moth in focus. And here are two close-ups for you cosmos lovers.  (These shots are from October.  The flower beds at the preschool have since been cleaned out.)

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purple cosmos flowers

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purple cosmos flowers

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F-F-Friday is hosted by Saintseester.  I hope you have a good one!

  1. November 14, 2008 10:34 am

    Those are vibrant colors on such a dismal day today. They really pop out. The detail on the moth is fantabulous!

  2. November 14, 2008 12:09 pm

    They look AWESOME, we have rain, rain, and more rain here! It’s ok, in Vegas we didn’t get hardly any, or it’s a nice change. Have a wonderful weekend!!

  3. Susannah permalink
    November 14, 2008 2:36 pm

    What type of megapixel rating do you have on your camera? I’m looking for a new one for Xmas and your pictures are so beautifully crisp and clear!!

  4. November 14, 2008 2:51 pm

    Randomability, are you having a dismal day? We are too. It’s so wet and cold and gray. I didn’t think about how the colors of these photos would brighten our day because this was a pre-scheduled post. But, I’m glad you like them.

    Gr8tful, thank you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! It rained so hard yesterday. The children were so excited about their rain boots and umbrellas.

    Susannah, we got our camera in 2006, so I’m sure there are better ones out there, but it does do a nice job for what we ask of it. The outdoor macro photos always turn out crisp. The photos at a distance are always grainy and poor, though. I even turn the setting to “infinity” with the little mountain icon and they are still crappy looking. It is a Canon PowerShot SD550 with 7.1 megapixels. Sometimes I’m disappointed with indoor shots, but sometimes they turn out well. I guess I still need to learn more about ISO and lighting. Have fun shopping for your new camera! That must be exciting.

  5. Organic Mama permalink
    November 14, 2008 3:03 pm

    Beautiful shots! Hey, we published very similar colors today – I’ve got a pink hibiscus (from July 06) and a moth from a few weeks back. I love moths and butterflies and their diversity of color. That shot on the marigold is very zippy and it’s made me smile – thanks for posting!

  6. November 14, 2008 5:09 pm

    beautiful, colorful, feel-good stuff. I even like the word ‘cosmos’ for flowers…

  7. November 14, 2008 7:15 pm

    Yes, I saw your moth, Organic Mama. It is very pretty. I like moths and butterflies, too. Hooray for flowers with zippy colors! Thanks for your sweet comment!

    Curious C, thanks for noticing that. I wonder if their name has any significance.

  8. November 14, 2008 8:12 pm

    Susannah, you might want to look at a Lumix LX3. And even if that’s not the camera for you, the review site I linked to is well worth spending some time on. They do great reviews, and I’ve always learned a lot by reading what they have to say even when I’m not actually looking for a camera. One of the interesting things (which I’ve heard many times, but was never able to explain to people so clearly) in that review is this:

    At the core of the LX3 is a large, ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specially for the new model. The old formula equating pixel count with image quality does not always hold true. In general, if two CCDs have exactly the same physical size but different pixel counts, the one with more pixels is not necessarily better – in fact, it’s likely to generate more picture noise, especially in low-light parts of the image. This poor low-light image quality has been a source of great dissatisfaction for compact camera users. In the LX3, Panasonic responds to this problem by boldly reversing the industry trend of pushing toward ever-higher pixel counts. Rather than cramming in the maximum number of pixels possible, it has limited the LX3’s 1/1.63-inch CCD to 10.1 megapixels. The result is a CCD that provides a generous amount of space for each pixel while offering superb sensitivity and a wide dynamic range made possible by maximizing the size of the photodiode. Panasonic also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation. These enhancements greatly improve imaging performance, boosting both sensitivity and saturation by around 40% compared with ordinary 10-mexapixel compact cameras.*

    Once we got past about 5MPs, it by and large stopped being the MP count that determines image clarity. Until you start doing some fairly extreme crops or making really big prints, you’re not going to be able to tell the difference between 7MP and 15MP, purely from a detail-captured point of view.

    Sorry for the mini camera sensor lecture. I spend too much time on photography blogs and review sites!

    And on to the topic of the post:
    I love the moth in the first picture! Very cute.

  9. December 3, 2008 6:07 am

    Thank you for the review, Deb!

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