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A load off my feet

By Aldo Panzieri
I am very cautious about special effects. They have been so over used that creative photographers stay away from then 95% of the time. Beginners and hacks use shovels to dump them on their prints. Beginners can be excused because they are at a place where everything looks new and exciting. If they have more than just technical skills they move on to pictures that express what they are trying to say.

I like my Nikon Coolpix 510. For almost fifty two years I carried a forty five pound camera bag filled with photographic ape waste. It hurt my neck and my shoulder.

Now, I see people buying digital SLR's with multiple lenses, and I cringe. The stereotype of the only "Serious" camera is a full sized, full priced camera. it also has to be heavy, cost a lot and has to come with an owners manual the size of Paris Hilton's credit card case.

My 510 has a lens that goes from twenty four millimeters out to a thousand. It weighs ten ounces, and fits into a small pouch on my belt. It was on sale for three hundred and twenty five dollars. About what you would pay for a DSLR lens.

I decided to try one of the special effects that I have never used. It supposed to turn your pictures into "paintings." I've tried it, and I think I've had my dose of digital effects for the next six months. It was fun for one picture, but it's unlikely if I use it again.

Tags: Painting Digitally manipulated

Voters: Joline, RonnieAG, LynneJoyce

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Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
1 Jun 2014 11:41AM
I totally agree about the camera. After toting various DSLRs around for 40 years, I find that I am very happy with my little Panasonic. It does everything I ask of it from macro to telephoto, and is so much easier on these old hands! This does make an interesting shot....I haven't tried any of the special effects in mine yet....I'll have to do so for the laugh.

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 6:04PM
YAY Aldo, you recognised me, the over enthusiastic amateur who lugs tons of kit around, spends a fortune on DSLR lenses and just loves special effects! You have been there, done that. I am relatively new to photography and I'm still doing it and loving it.

I am not knocking compact cameras by the way, not at all. I have mine with me always and I have got some shots that I am really pleased with using my compacts. I am just saying that there is room for all of us and that there isn't just one way to achieve a good image, or in my case, images that I like. The only thing that I object to in photography is the self appointed, know-all smart asses who make pompous pronouncements implying that their way is the only way. They should be shot, and I don't mean with a DSLR or a compact!!!

Love this effect by the way.
1 Jun 2014 10:06PM

Thanks for the kind words. I was afraid I was being an airborne anal orifice. That's a polite term I use for ego maniacs in photography.


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