posted 10/09/12 - Here on Nature ID, I've joked about my crappy photos. It's okay. I'm good with it. I'm practically proud, even. While I sometimes get slightly green around the edges with envy over other bloggers' fantastic photographs taken with great skill and fancy equipment, the fact of the matter is I have little desire to grow in that direction myself.
Our trusty 8-year-old Konica Minolta DiMAGE X50 point-and-shoot has served us well. It's lightweight, fits in my front shirt pocket or Andy's running belt pocket, old enough that I don't care if it gets a few raindrops or specks of pollen on it, and meets most of our wants most of the time. I'm someone who begrudgingly carries water and won't even take my smallest pair of binoculars on a hike because it doesn't easily fit into a pocket... well, you get the picture. Or don't you?
As with all electronic gadgets nowadays, things break or become obsolete for whatever reason. Hey, I was "forced" to replace my 10-year-old computer, not because it broke, but because technology and my desire to be online left it in the dust. Sigh, it's time to start thinking about a replacement camera. Andy came across reviews for Lytro. I'm not crazy about the awkward shape. However, capturing an entire light field to create a "living picture" with the capability to refocus after the fact? Anyone hear of it? Does anyone know if these active focus pictures can be embedded in blogger, yet? If so, could you please send me a link to your blogspot? Any other recommendations? Granted, like with my computer this may be a 2-year process before I purchase, and by then this new consumer technology will very likely be even better and cheaper.