Sunday, April 25, 2010

Canon S90 Review

Here Comes the Sun
Originally uploaded by thyme2003
First the disclaimer: I bought my own Canon S90. Canon did not give me one for a review and they have no idea who I am.

The problem I had been trying to solve: I was missing the ability to:

  1. stop on a dime and take photos of the serendipitous beauty that I saw around me daily
  2. quickly take photos while on business travel without calling a lot of attention to myself or my camera
  3. take photos while running without growing an extra leg or arm.

My Lotus LG cell phone had performed valiantly (except in the rain and in the dark and at close range) but it just wasn't up to the task. The photos I wanted to take required focus and depth of field control. Most point and shoots don't have that whereas most professional cameras like my own Canon EOS 5D have their own set of downsides: not very portable, not quick to shoot with and definitely not discrete.

The search: I looked through cameras for something that gave me depth of field control (Aperture control) as well as manual focus. I found 3 bona fide suitors....or, rather contenders:
  1. PowerShot S3 IS
  2. Canon PowerShot G11
  3. Canon PowerShot S90
The smallest of the 3 is the S90 and portability is key. I got so much more than I was looking for. This camera has a number of special features called "Special Scene Modes":
  1. night shooting mode and low light mode
  2. people face finder
  3. foliage special shooting mode
  4. an aquarium special shooting mode for goodness sake! and that's in addition to an underwater one
  5. a historical special shooting mode that makes your photos look old
  6. a color replacement mode in case you don't like the color of someone's shirt
The list goes on and, yes, it does include manual focus and Aperture mode. This camera does 88% of what my professional camera does. And I'm discovering that it does more all the time.

I did read a review complaining about battery life but I have not had that problem. After constantly turning the camera on and off over a 2 to 4 hour period, I still have full bars. I will say I haven't used the flash much so that may be the difference that makes a difference.

I highly recommend the Canon S90. It's the pencil of cameras.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Le Menu: Week of April 2

Last week's menu went fine but I didn't have a chance to cook the Wild Mushroom Tart so I put it on this week's menu.

Le Menu

Week of 04/02/10
Wild Mushroom Tart (Silver Palate Good Times, 254)

Asparagus w/ Mushroom Cream Sauce (Simple to Spectacular, 152)
Steak with Butter and Ginger Sauce (Simple to Spectacular, 275)
Caesar Salad (Salads: Food Writer’s Faves, 22)

Sautéed Chicken Chunks with Harissa and Couscous (Simple to Spectacular, 263)
Warm Lentil Salad (Simple to Spectacular, 160)
Mixed greens with Toasted Pine Nuts (Mustard’s, 64)

Week Old Grace

Week Old Grace
Originally uploaded by thyme2003
Happy Easter! He is risen! Technically, it's tomorrow but all the same, He is risen!

Jesus' death, Easter, is part of God's plan for restoring me to a good relationship with him. I'm so glad God had a plan to take care of our messups that would cause us to be exiles. Jesus paid the price for those so that we could be with God and with him.

Romans 8:28 says "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Grace is unmerited favor.I don't merit God working for my good. Yet, He works for my good in all things.

I'm glad God's grace is new every morning. It is truly a Happy Easter because I am restored and we all have that chance to belong again.

Have a blessed Easter!