Downtown Suffolk

Feb 13, 2016 by

It was a bitterly cold day today. Despite the temperatures I took a ride out to Suffolk to do a quick photo walk. Suffolk is one of those towns whose heydays are behind it. There is a lot of decay, closed businesses, etc. The main business of Suffolk has always been peanuts and there are still two peanut operations. The main one is Planters, but Birdsong is another one that is almost as big. The downtown has been revitalized, with new stores, boutiques, and restaurants. The Convention Center on the river has been revitalized as well.

Here are a few photos I took today while out risking getting frostbitten. All of the photos that I took are on my Flickr page as well as my Tefftphotography.com page. I hope you enjoy them.

God Bless.

 

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Review of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 Camera

Jan 2, 2009 by

lumix I bought a new camera  for Christmas to replace my old Olympus C-5060 camera which I have owned for several years. With all the advances in cameras in recent years my Olympus was showing its age. After reading several reviews of new cameras I decided on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8.

First let me say that I loved my old Olympus but being the geek that I am I yearned for a new camera with all the new features that are now available. The DMC-LZ8 certainly has those new features and with a price tag of only $120 I could not resist. Some of those features include a 5x optical zoom Leica lens (32 – 160mm), optical image stabilization, 8.1 megapixels, intelligent auto mode and face recognition. The 2.5 inch 230,000-dot high-resolution Intelligent LCD automatically detects ambient lighting conditions and adjusts the brightness of the LCD automatically.

The camera also offers manual modes for shutter and aperture settings as well as Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode. In fact there are so many features offered by this camera that it includes a 140 page operating instructions booklet. Despite all the features and the large operating instructions booklet the camera is very easy to just pick up and start taking great photos with right out of the box. In fact I have yet to even finish reading the operating manual or use most of the manual features and I am already taking great photos.

Two of the features that I especially like are the Face Recognition and the Intelligent Scene selection features. According to Panasonic Face Detection detects up to 15 faces anywhere in the frame, even if they are moving, and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp. The scene selection automatically switches between scene modes on your camera based on ambient conditions. I have seen the camera automatically switch to macro mode when I move my camera closer to what I am photographing. The only feature that the camera lacks which I miss is the ability to shoot in RAW mode. But for the price of the camera it was too much to expect it to have this capability.

But what surprised me the most was how well the camera did when shooting video. I have a Panasonic PV –GS320 camcorder and my new DMC-LZ8 takes video that rivals that of my camcorder. Both the audio and video quality were outstanding. The camera shoots video in both 4:3 aspect ratio and 16:9 aspect ratio at 30 fps.

If you are looking for a small, inexpensive camera that is packed with the latest features and takes great pictures as well as video you need look no further than this camera. I have included some photos taken by the camera as well as a link to a short video I took with it. You be the judge.

Video taken with DMC-LZ8

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Photos from an Early summer evening

Jun 19, 2008 by

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  These are just a few photos I took in my backyard this evening. I have not been taking many photos lately and the mood came upon me. I need to keep on shooting so that every now and again I might capture a memorable moment.

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Two great photography resources.

Apr 3, 2008 by

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Thomas Hawk’s blog turned me on to two great resources for photographers. The first resource is TWIP (This Week In Photography). TWIP is a web site with great articles about photography as well as a photography podcast along the lines TWIT (This Week In Tech), a favorite podcast of mine hosted by Leo Laporte. The other resource is a photography blog by Ryan Brenizer. Ryan’s blog covers a wide range of photography topics and has lots of Ryan’s great photos showcased as well. I will be visiting both sites regularly as well as Thomas Hawk’s site.

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Photowalk of Virginia Beach, Virginia

Feb 24, 2008 by

Inspired by the photowalks of Thomas Hawk and Robert Scoble I undertook my own brief photowalk of Atlantic Ave. in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photos uploaded to Flickr here.

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