Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Up close

Unfortunately my Sony Cybershot died this last week. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Although financially I really wasn't prepared to shell out the money for the camera I wanted, I happened on one ebay auction that nobody seemed to be paying much attention to. What retails for just under $300 I picked up for $136, a Canon Powershot 300HS. I am truly impressed right out of the gate with it's ability to take very close macro shots. It does however have the unnerving drawback of a bad field of focus in macro but whose doesn't in a point and shoot camera? It also does very well in low light conditions. Something the Sony was entirely void of. Well my camera expertise is also sorely lacking so let me show you how well it really does do. The photo above is from a model you might remember from a few posts back. The Mack LJSW in a solid resin cab from Sheepscot that I did into a logger. It shows the detail of the logging bunks and something else you cannot see in any of the photos previously taken with the other camera, the diamond plate steps that I used to replace the resin ones. I urge you to click on the photos to see the enlarged photos for all the one's I'm showing here.

The photo of the Ford Model TT above is an example of what this camera can do under low light conditions. It is 7:30 pm on a very cloudy night in June and there is barely enough light to see where one was walking. And to add to the darkness, the model has been placed in the barn diorama which shields it from the light coming from the very small window in my office with the exception of what is coming through the even smaller windows of the diorama. Proof that the camera can see more than the naked eye. By the way, the Ford is something new, here's another photo of it.

I don't even know why I'm showing this one except that it does give a really fine example of how finely detailed Roco does things. The truck is a Kenworth C500DA oil field heavy hauler from Dennis Aust models that is put on the Roco chassis from a ten ton wrecker. The off road tires are from Roco too on Promotex rims that I altered to make them planetary.

Here's one last shot for this post that is again of the TT wrecker. The small tool box is made from brass shim stock and the inside is filled with VectorCut wrenches. Thanks for looking, enjoy. And give your kids a hug.