Perhaps A House Finch?

I photographed this sweet little bird yesterday in Calico Basin. My best guess after searching online is that he/she is a House Finch. In any case, these little birds are so sweet, they make me happy inside! Do you know its name?

Cute Critters and Lovely Views

As mentioned yesterday, I did take a short trip just outside of the city this morning. Your thoughts on the landscape photos using the Sony Mark 7 are most welcome. I also stopped at Calico Basin with peanuts in hand to feed the Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. They are just so cute!

The little squeaks they make to communicate are cute too. At one point, they were literally at my feet, sniffing my shoes then looking right up at me as if to ask me if I have more food. It makes you feel so happy to have such sweet, innocent tiny critters trust you that much.

The Strip

Here’s a shot of the Las Vegas Strip from yesterday via the Sony RX100 Mark 7. The smog was basically non-existent yesterday which was nice for a change. I give the camera yet another two-thumbs up. What about you?

The Next Set

Here is another set from the Sony RX100 Mark 7. Much of the same things I’ve posted before unfortunately, but it’s a nice test for the camera. I plan to take the camera and my tripod into the desert tomorrow for a few landscape photos, maybe I can find some Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels in Calico Basin too. For the most part, I’m very impressed with how well these photos cleaned up in processing! I almost feel like a pro, haha. 10 photos in this set.

Testing A New Camera

Before I get into the new camera, are you also having connectivity issues with WordPress this morning? All of my pages either won’t load or are super slow to load. Other pages like Dropbox and my email load as usual. It’s gotta be WordPress having another brain fart.

Moving along, I needed a break from the blog yesterday so I took care of some stuff around the house, then set off to my favorite camera shop on Sahara Avenue. I’ve found that the Nikon has actually been sort of getting on my nerves with the terrible dust intrusion problem which has reared its ugly head again.

I mentioned this to the dude at the shop, he seemed surprised to hear this. Oh yeah, it’s terrible, no matter what I do, dust just gets into the camera in a big bad way. This pisses me off and I’ve had enough!

Did I mention that the weight and bulk of the Nikon is sometimes a pain in the ass too? So I picked up my little Sony RX100 camera and took some random photos with it and thought, why not look into a smaller camera that won’t have dust intrusion issues?

I searched online for different options including Olympus cameras and other brands, making some comparisons.

And what did I arrive at? I came across the Sony RX100 series and found that Sony had released a nice upgrade or update to the RX100 series which was first released in 2012. This newer version is the RX100 vii or Mark 7.

What’s new? A very nice tilt-screen, a newer menu system, and a 200mm zoom capability which has been great so far in the short time I’ve had with it yesterday and early today. I searched online for a video tutorial on this newer version and found a really good one that is about 40 minutes in length, I learned quite a bit in a short time.

Have a gander at these photos from very early this morning as the sun was rising. As far as I am concerned at this point, these photos are every bit as good as the Nikon Z6 can produce, but this camera fits in my pocket. I also read more about cameras in this class and how they compare to phone cameras.

Sorry phones, but they still can’t compete with this camera. Oh, WordPress seems to be back up so I best hurry and finish before it craps out again!! I would like your thoughts on these photos, and did you miss me yesterday, haha!!!

The Other Sony Photos

While not exciting, these three photos do show my beloved blue sky looking beautiful as always. That little Sony does take some dandy photos, eh? After crawling out of the sack this morning, my left leg muscles were strangely sore until I remembered the reason why. Ouch! Coming down the grade yesterday on that loose gravel and rocks, I nearly went ass-over-teakettle.

You know, when your moving too fast and are a bit out of control? The Sony may have met its demise should I have rolled down the hill. For the last few days, the Lightbox feature wasn’t working correctly so I was using the Slideshow feature. Unable to find a solution, I opened a chat with one of those WordPress happiness engineers as they like to call themselves.

As much as I and so many others have complained about that damned block editor problem, I need to give credit where it’s due. Whoever this person was on the other keyboard helping me was, she was extremely helpful and did some digging around while I waited. After fifteen minutes or so, she had the problem sorted out. I was again a happy camper, haha!

Whether this speed and efficiency have anything to do with my purchasing that damn Business Plan, I don’t know but it seemed like a much faster response time. Thanks, WordPress. There, credit was paid. Beyond this, the site runs much more quickly than it did before the plan. I suspect that it’s because of the plugins that are speeding this site up so much.