Thursday, 24 January 2013
The British Museum
As a Londoner I do not get out to the British Museum enough. In all the years I've lived here I think I've been about four times. This must be rectified! There is just no excuse not to visit this place regularly if you are lucky enough to live in London. It's free entry to most of the permanent exhibitions (you are invited to make a donation - how very politely British!) and there is so much to see. I was just here for afternoon tea but I've made a mental note that I have to come back and work my way through some of the exhibitions - maybe just choose a theme and spend an afternoon just looking at that.
These shots as well as those in the last post were taken with my new camera. It's a Canon Powershot G15 and I can't recommend it enough. It is one of the new range of bridge cameras coming out that sit between a small point and shoot and the all-singing-all-dancing larger SLRs. I dropped my SLR while on holiday in Australia and it is going to be a while before it gets repaired (groan!), so I decided to get a more travel friendly replacement in the meantime.
I prefer to be able to slip a camera in my bag rather than take a separate camera case or having it hanging around my neck all day. The problem is the bulk and weight of an SLR gets pretty cumbersome to lug around. I also find that having to drag out a big camera with a huge lens can put me off taking photos in some situations. So often in London there are places where the on site security or staff will swoop on you and insist you put the camera away. Meanwhile another person nearby snapping away with their little point and shoot or mobile phone often escapes without hassle. I've also been wanting to take more outdoor photos for the blog for a while but that meant somehow dealing with the low light conditions we always struggle with here.
So I made the decision to buy a new, smaller, point and shoot camera to take out and about with me on a daily basis. The beauty of a bridge camera like this is that it offers very high quality digital photos (getting pretty near the quality I get out of my Nikon 5100 SLR) in a far less conspicuous compact point and shoot form.
I'll just point out that I'm not being paid or asked to review this camera but if like me, you enjoy taking photos to put on a blog and struggle to get good images because of a lack of good light, then the Canon G15 really is a gem. All of these shots were taken without the flash in very low light conditions, (it was actually pretty dark by then) and I've done next to nothing in terms of post production editing, a real time saver if you want to do a blog post quickly. This model certainly doesn't come cheap but was still less than some of the larger SLRs, and it is packed with features to adjust the settings for different kinds of backgrounds. The snow shots I took were on a special snow setting (indicated by a little snowman icon!). The range of special effects and filters you can apply directly when taking photos is pretty impressive as well. I'm looking forward to trying them out!