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Kelsey Z.

little icy miracles

January 6, 2009 at 6:29 AM

Happy New Year! :)

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Kelsey, I attempted to post a comment a comment to your blog, but it did not show up.  Here I go again.

I love your closeup photos.  A single snowflake is indeed a miracle.  There are many small miracles around us.  We need only take the time to see them.

Your photos test my self control severely.  I'd love to buy that camera.  It is distinguished from many other digital cameras by its 10x optical zoom.  It is hard to hold a camera steady enough to get unblurred photos unless you use a tripod, which I don't like.  Your closeup shots are so clear.  How do you manage this?  Is it hard?

Do you have a flash attachment?  Do you need one?

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 12:35 PM


From Tom Holzman
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Wow!  Neat photo!

From Terez Mertes
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 4:57 PM


Incredible, your photography talent. So very cool (um, like below freezing cool, I guess!). 

From Tom Holzman
Posted on January 6, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Kelsey - has it ever crossed your mind that maybe you have another career option?

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 3:47 AM

This girl has it all: music, photography, writing, the brain and a huge heart!!

From Kelsey Z.
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 6:16 AM

Aww thanks everyone for the compliments!! :) I had never really considered a career in photography but you know....maybe when gigs aren't paying the bills....

Pauline, to answer your questions..... I don't typically use a tripod for my photography. I've gotten very good at balancing my camera and also camera technology these days have wonderful image stabilizers that work well to eliminate the effects of camera shake but more than anything... it's patience and steadiness! It took a lot of failed shots to get the one I got of the snowflake but it was worth it! The other thing is, you tend to get more camera shake and "noise" as it's called with higher iso settings and use of the optical zoom so I try to avoid using that too much. In the case of the snowflake I used a lower iso setting and used a manual focus option so that I wouldn't have to zoom in on the snowflake at all.

The canon SX100is does not have a flash attachment option, it has a built in, pop up flash. I think, for most people this is more than adaquate because it eliminates having to bring attachements along, although there are some pretty awesome lighting options that you can have with an attachable flash such as bouncing the flash off of a ceiling above the subject that you are shooting. It all comes down to how much you think you're going to use that and is it worth the money and hassle? 


Thanks again everyone for your compliments!! :)

From Ruth Kuefler
Posted on January 7, 2009 at 6:40 PM

 Wow Kelsey . . . that is amazing! You have a real talent for photography. :)

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 6:46 AM

Kelsey, I thought that you got that beautiful closeup of the snowflake and some of your other great closeups by using the 10x zoom.  Your camera is one of the few digital cameras with 10x optical zoom.  Knowing that you didn't use the whole 10x gives me a whole new perspective on your camera.  You truly have a lot of patience and persistence with technicallt difficulty shots, as all great photographers do.  Now I'm even more impressed with your visual artistry.  Wow!

From Karen Dotson
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 2:34 AM

I just love the picture of the snowflake. It is so beautiful. You are an amazing photographer.

From Kelsey Z.
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Thank you all!! :)


Pauline - an optical zoom is really only useful if you're trying to get close up shots of something that is far away, it is not ideal for macro photography at all and I believe too that if you try and use the optical zoom on something that you're already very close to, the camera won't let you focus on it properly. And as I said before, you sacrifice the quality of the shot a great deal by using the optical zoom.

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