Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Picture Comparison

Dad was in town this past weekend. One of the things we did on Saturday was take a drive and take pictures with our cameras. I have a Canon Powershot G3 that takes 6MP pics. Dad has a Canon EOS 40D that can take up to 10MP pics. I gave Dad his first digital camera for Christmas, a reasonable Canon, and he's traded it in for this big gun.

Can you tell which camera took which picture? Dad had his camera set to take about a 6MP picture too.

OK, Dad's camera took the top picture, and mine took the bottom picture. They were taken a few minutes apart, and I actually took both of them. Off hand, the quality seems about the same, but I like the blue color in the G3 shot better.

I have to admit that I did like the feel of Dad's camera. He had a nice zoom lense mounted out it, and it was heavy and professional feeling. Good for nature shots. Not good for kids' parties.

You may have noticed lately that I've had a few nice pictures that weren't horizontally level. I've had trouble seeing well enough on the LCD or through the view finder to get them level. You can't really use the LCD to take pictures Dad's, but the view finder has such a nice, bright picture, you can really see to line up what you're taking pictures of.

There are more pics from our outing here and here.
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Monday, March 10, 2008

MoonSand...My Turn

Aunt Debbie gave the boys MoonSand for Christmas. The boys and I were excited! I'd heard about MoonSand through Patricia. I was kindof waiting for a sunny, warm day so we could play with it out on the back deck, but I was looking for something fun to do after dinner, saw the boxes sitting under the air hockey table, and figured we'd give it a try tonight.

Each of the boys had their own inflatable 'sandbox' and MoonSand. It turns out that MoonSand is a lot of fun. We were able to use the molds that came with it to make several pretty neat castles princess included.

And another castle.

But in the end, it was everywhere. On the floor, on their clothes. But hey, look at that smiling face! Straight to the tub they went. Straight to the wash their clothes went. I got out the vacuum. The kitchen was cleaned up pretty quickly, but then of course I had to vacuum the whole downstairs since I'd lugged it out. We'll play with the MoonSand again soon. It was fun.

The rest of the pics are here.

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