Today I had an opportunity to take a crappy camera (two, in fact!) out for a spin. The morning was spent at nearby Greenbank Mill, a "living history" museum, for a flea market fundraiser. I didn't find very much in the way of goods (more on that in a separate post), but there was a cat, a farm, some sheep, and some photo opportunities.
I used, for these photos, an old - really, really old - 1 megapixel digital camera powered by two awe-inspiring AA batteries. This camera has a small, tiny viewfinder on the back which is maybe 1 inch in length. It is barely viewable and I can only discern the faintest of shapes from it, leaving me to not really know just what I've been aiming the camera at until well after the fact. Not only does this camera not have a useable viewfinder, it has no controls of any sort other than a shutter release; no aperture control, ISO modifications, or shutter length. Nothing. Point. Click. Hope for the best. What follows are a few completely unmodified, unedited, organic and pesticide free crappy camera photos.
The farm itself, on the right, with the farmhouse on the left. Two sheep are on the pasture. I was really hoping to get a wider landscape of both the farm and the farmhouse, but the camera apparently doesn't go that wide. Still, all things considered, not a bad photo.
The farm cat, Phil. It's easy to tell where the sun was in relation to me, and the photo is definitely over exposed.
Here is the building that contains the mill itself. The big round item in the front of the building is one of the old mill stones.
The mill happens to be located directly beside Wilmington and Western Railroad, once a shortline railroad, now mostly a museum railroad that runs passenger cars on steam engines by volunteer work. The railroad itself runs along the perimeter of the Mill property. This photo turned out surprisingly well; there was ample light, but not overbearing, and the tracks are in focus. I'm beginning to think I might begin to be able to use this camera to take an actual photograph.
And finally, the railroad terminal, across the street. A little washed out, but not bad.
It seems as if the camera works best in well lit areas, at a distance, but not direct sunlight. I'll need to try a sunset to see if less harsh light has better results.
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