Camera phones

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Noel and I got ourselves a couple new Tracfones this week.

All the phones anymore tout that they include a camera. My question is, when the picture looks as bad as this, what’s the point?

Cottey in snow

No it’s not supposed to be super high quality, but this is horrible!

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Taking the fun out of it

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For several years I thought my cheap-o digital point and shoot did not offer any way to adjust the exposure. Then one day I stumbled across the option buried many menus deep.

And you know what? The camera instantly became less-fun. I kid you not. Now instead of just enjoying myself and snapping photos, the thought is constantly in the back of my mind, “should I add or take away some exposure here?”

I wish I’d never found it.

Recently I purchased my hunting and fishing license for the year and I was reminded of a similar experience.

Back when I picked up fishing again as an adult I spent a pretty decent sum on a fancy rod and reel from one of the big name outdoor stores.

And you know what? I spent more time untangling the fishing line than I did actually fishing. I am fully willing to admit the problem might have been more me than the rod, but it was a decidedly un-fun activity.

But one day, after about the bazillionth bird’s nest. I hopped in the car and went to Wal-Mart where I picked up a Zebco 202 spin casting rod and reel for about $10.

And I love it! I have not bought any other rod and reel since. I catch tons of fish. This photo was after fishing a little farm pond at a friend’s place.

If I wear it out, I buy a new one. But I don’t think I’ve worn one out yet. In fact, I tend to give them away. I like to share! And the price allows me to do that without a second thought.

Anyway, thinking about these memories has really re-enforced my idea that more complicated things make for less enjoyable times.

Not that there isn’t a time and place for complicated equipment, but when you’re just out trying to have some fun it really rather detracts from it.

Snow Day 2011

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Last week, we got one heck of a snow storm. Our official snow fall was almost 20 inches. Much more than we normally get. Here’s some pics and vid.

Snow Day Feb 2011

Snow Day Feb 2011

Digicams

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I’ve been looking at getting myself a new pocket digicam and one thing has struck me.

It seems that folks really don’t like cameras which take AA batteries. While I on the other hand love them and cannot bring myself to consider any p&s that doesn’t operate on the common battery.

The reason is very simple. To purchase a spare Li-Ion battery you’re going to spend $40-50 each. But you can get four rechargeable double-As for $10 (four AAs being equal to two sets of spares since most cameras only need two).

Yes the cameras with proprietary batteries are smaller. So what? I don’t have large hands and most of those cameras are too small even for me to use comfortably. Yes, the Li-Ions last a little longer (which is debatable) but if you can’t afford a spare and your power runs out you’re just out of luck.

I was at a Best Buy several months ago looking at cameras, the salespeople really tried to steer me away from AA cameras. I can understand why though, lots more commission for them if I spend $100 on two spares instead of $10 for the same thing. But you’d think the average consumer would be a little smarter.

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