A walk along the South West Coastal Path with the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ72. I hope this post highlights its capabilities as a very useful bridge camera, perfect for blogging images and just a great all rounder. I can't say I love it as much as my Nikon, but then it's a completely different camera, so it's not a fair comparison.
A lovely Comma to start with and I had only just got onto the path.
A Bloody-nosed Beetle
So called because when in danger it produces a drop of red liquid from its mouth, which is a visual deterrent and foul tasting. These beetles cannot fly and so I often see them on the coastal path.
Fulmar flying across a glistening sea
|Shutter priority f5.4 1/640|
More nest squabbling from the almost hidden Fulmars, taken through more plants and shrubs that protect the cliffs.
Guillemots in the sea below the cliffs. This is a long way down and on full zoom, but I love how clear the water is and how you can see their feet. Berry Head has a large colony of Guillemots and a hide to watch them from.
A Cormorant preparing to take off
|shutter priority 927mm focal length|
|1/500 F5.6 ISO 125 Sports|
|1/500 f5.6 ISO 320 Sports|
|1/640 f5.5 ISO 320 Shutter Priority|
As you can probably see I don't think there's much in it between shutter priority and sports mode using the Lumix, as they both produced reasonable images at zoom. Combined with my limited abilities with the camera I would probably go with sports mode when out on a walk because there is so much to photograph and you need to be able to change quickly between the multiple modes offered.
The one I don't like is IA intelligent auto, and much prefer P mode where I can make slight adjustments to exposure, depth of field etc and I'm still working on that, it drives me mad when I get it wrong!
The zoom is quite amazing for such a small and light camera. As shown by the images of guillemots, the cormorant, and the fulmars nesting. Even though the quality drops slightly at least I am able to capture the image from a huge distance.
Mike Langman did a sea watch at Berry Head on Wednesday 23rd April and this is what he recorded
Seawatch 0615-0745hrs: 1 Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 53 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern, 61 Kittiwake, 400+ Guillemots (heading toward colony) but also good number of Razorbills 47, 1 Yellow Wagtail & 3 Swallows
I'm updating the Seagull Sagas page now and already had my first death of the year...it really is too early for all this heartache.
I hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend. Torbay is busy with activities this year and in Brixham we have the Pirate Festival, which I will be popping along to at some point.
In Paignton it's the BMAD Bike Festival. Last year alone these wonderful people raised over £31,000 for charities, take a look at their great website for more information on how BMAD started and what they do.
On Monday we have one of the most beautiful Tall Ships arriving in Brixham. She's called the Stavros S Niarchos.
From the Falmouth Packet News-interesting facts - she carries enough fuel to drive a small car around the world ten times and has 50 times more computer power than the Apollo 10 space craft. She is also air conditioned and heated for worldwide operations and has her own water making plant. Her rigging is made up of almost nine miles of wire and rope.
If the weather is good I shall be off to photograph her arrival.