Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra,
These are snaps I made while on my photo club's trip.
These are all shot on the Canon S90, which I kept in my pocket the whole time. Almost all of these shots are exactly as the JPGs came out of the camera: no cropping, no fiddling, no nothing, other than resizing and branding for online use.
I set my S90, like all my PowerShots, to Vivid, which you do by hitting FUNC SET, click down to OFF, and right to Vivid. Most shots in daylight were made at -0.7 exposure compensation, and most dim-light shots at 0 compensation. I set i-Contrast to Auto. I shoot in Program mode: the P on the top dial.
I shot most in Auto White Balance with A3 (added amber). To add amber or blue, simply turn the front lens ring when WB is selected.
I used one SanDisk 8GB Extreme III SD card for all this. Everything fit on it with loads of room to spare all week long.
Today we drove from La Jolla to Death Valley, via Trona.
Weather was predicted to be partly rainy for the whole trip, which means great photo opportunities as storms come and go.
We were lucky enough to be riding in Richard's four-wheel-drive Chevy Tahoe. Those who drove imported cars weren't so lucky driving though the mud on the way to The Pinnacles:
Richard Laughs, 3:32 P.M.
Richard knew that this wimpy excuse for a rope wasn't going to work. It snapped immediately. We got out a chain, and rescued the import drivers. Without us, they would have likely died there. There was no cell phone service, and no one else would be driving by to help them.
Bins in the Dark, Stovepipe Wells, 5:46 PM.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 1,600, Program Auto chose f/2 at 1/15, 6mm (28mm equivalent), Auto WB, no exposure compensation.
Getting Gas, Stovepipe Wells, 5:47 PM.
The mercury-vapor lights look green on film. To our naked eye, these are the lights which look blue-white. If I shot this a few minutes earlier, I would have gotten a deep blue sky instead of a nearly black sky.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 1,600, Program Auto chose f/2 at 1/6 of a second, 6mm (28mm equivalent), Auto WB, +1 stop exposure compensation.
Tank, Stovepipe Wells, 5:47 PM.
Snapped with a hand-held 2009 Canon S90, Auto ISO chose ISO 1,600, Program Auto chose f/2 at 146 of a second, 6mm (28mm equivalent), Auto WB, +2/3 stop exposure compensation.