I love my digital SLR camera and 400mm lens. The picture quality is excellent. It is no big deal to set up a tripod and blind in our backyard to photograph birds. The downside, of course, is the weight of all this equipment if I want to take photos beyond my backyard. I have even bought a used golf cart to transport my tripod and a chair.
My husband and I also love to hike in our local and state parks. On those occasions I left my camera equipment at home because I simply could not carry everything for hours. I felt bad for missing out on photo opportunities. That’s when I learned about bridge cameras. Their capabilities go way beyond consumer cameras and they have long zoom lenses. At first I was overwhelmed by all the functions on my little camera. I still haven’t figured everything out. But I had great fun photographing wildflowers, insects, trees, and various wildlife during our ramblings in Penn’s Woods this year. I even photographed dragonflies. Here is a sampling of the photos I took this past summer:
All images were taken with a Canon Powershot SX50 HS. Copyright Doris Dumrauf – All Rights Reserved