The weather for the first half of the weekend was less than cooperative to birding or photos: steady, ice cold, but needed, welcomed rain. The second day was more hospitable to both birds and me with intermittent sunshine and light winds. The Nikon Coolpix P-1000 continues to tease me with its potential and then slaps me with it’s limitations. But I’m trying to reduce anxiety and anger so rather than spending my entire relationship with this camera bickering with it, I’m learning to accept it for what it is. A big honking point and shoot.
What I learned about the camera with this outing:
- It’s a disappointment shooting in low light and a horror shooting above 800 ISO. There’s a setting in the camera where you can limit the max ISO to 800. Do that. Right now.
- It’s a waste of time shooting in RAW. Really don’t bother. Just be happy with the JPGs it produces and you’ll save yourself the frustration of more time wasted in processing.
- I’ve yet to confirm but read in two places that this camera is NOT weather-proof so I didn’t take it out during the spring deluge. The images above of the Grackle, Purple Finch and Blue Jay were take from indoors. A reminder to keep my windows cleaner.
What I learned about birds: they don’t seem to mind getting wet as much as I do.
Ps. I expect the Bluebird eggs to hatch any day.