After my 5 year old point and shoot died on me (the viewing screen went black), I decided to step it up with a Canon s90 after much researching. It's a point and shoot with advanced functionality, so you can play with the aperture and settings, but keep the camera size small and easy to fit in a pocket. For me, this is key. If I have to carry a big camera, I just won't have it with me all the time. As it is, I take a lot of random pictures with my iPhone so knew a big step towards a big camera was too soon. Also, I need to really learn how to play with depth of field, the aperture and lighting. So I bought an app that allows you to play with settings on your phone and gives you "recipes" on how to achieve a certain look in photos. It's great for just reminding me of the key points.
So tested it out and captured a few performers last weekend down in Soho. Testing out some nostalgia shots:
This group must have been from somewhere down South. They had quite a crowd watching them and were definitely collecting some serious donations.
I've been trying to get the shot with the near item in focus and the background blurry. Yesterday I finally got a good one. I was working with what I had around (M and his sunglasses in the park). But was excited to finally get it right!
I know, I know, for you photographers out there this is going to seem so simple. But for a point and shoot girl like me, I was very happy.
It was a gorgeous day - sunny, but not hot. Lots of people out and about. Wonderful day in New York.