Archive for Sunday, June 20, 2004

Small camera proves old adage true

June 20, 2004

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Photographer: Mike Yoder

Camera: Pentax Optio S (Set on program mode)

Doug Hitt, Lecompton, center, shows a security guard a photo ID to
gain entrance to Fort Riley. Cyclists with Bike Across Kansas were
allowed access through the historic section on their route from
Chapman to St. Marys.

Doug Hitt, Lecompton, center, shows a security guard a photo ID to gain entrance to Fort Riley. Cyclists with Bike Across Kansas were allowed access through the historic section on their route from Chapman to St. Marys.

Lens: approximately 35mm

ISO: 100

Aperture: f3.9

Shutter: 1/100

The proverb "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" is a good way to describe the satisfaction I had with my small, nonprofessional, digital camera that I carried with me for my recent Biking Across Kansas trek.

The professional gear I use for the newspaper would have weighed me down considerably, and it would have been unwieldy to have with me at all times.

But my pocket-sized, point-n-shoot proved invaluable. It was always within reach in a pocket of my cycling shirt, enabling me to grab shots with one hand in less time than it took me to get off my bicycle. In fact, I took several photographs from my seat as I coasted along.

The photo above I took quickly, still on my bike, after passing through the Fort Riley security gate.

My suggestion, when considering cameras for vacations, camps or just a walk around the block is to take the camera that is easiest to carry and access.

You'll use it more often. Plus, if a bird lands in your hand, the other hand is still free to take the photograph.

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