Spring Cruise with the Nikon Coolpix P530

I’m finally getting around to taking a look at the pictures we took on our last cruise, more than two weeks later. I’m a little late since I started a new job the day after we got back, so I’ve been a little preoccupied, but today I finally got a chance to check out the images.

We took two cameras with us, both point-and-shoots. One was our Coolpix S3500, a small pocket camera that actually does a decent job for snapshots. The second camera was our new Coolpix P530, which I purchased two days before we left on our cruise.

I wanted a camera that was sort of a hybrid between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, so that Andy could use it as well. I wanted good quality photos, with a minimum of fuss. This model seems to fit the bill.

Here are some of the major technical specs:

  • 16.1 MP Low-light CMOS Sensor
  • 42X Zoom NIKKOR Lens and 84x with Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • Full HD 1080p video
  • Target-finding AF
  • Full manual exposure control (also has aperture and shutter priority modes in addition to program modes)

When I’m on a cruise to someplace I’ve never been, I don’t like to spend a lot of time staring through a lens, since it’s easy to get too caught up in the photography and miss actually seeing the sights. So I only took a total of 133 images with this camera while we were on our trip. But I was very pleased with how they turned out. Here are a few examples, and you can view the entire album on Flickr by clicking here. All the photos are unedited JPG files, straight out of the camera.

Interior of the ship, the Carnival Elation, looking down into the main lobby from a couple of decks up in the atrium:

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The ship in port in Cozumel, Mexico on a beautiful sunny day:

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Took this shot from the Lido Deck looking down at one of the crew waiting to cast us off from Cozumel. The zoom lens on the camera is very steady and sharp!

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Caught this image of a large iguana at the Uxmal Mayan Ruins in Yucatan, Mexico. Once again, the zoom lens did a great job, and this was in full program mode.

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And here’s a wide-angle view of the ancient city:

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So, after my first test run, I’m very pleased with this little camera! It will never replace my DSLR’s, but when I need a lightweight point-and-shoot to capture moments on the fly, this will be my go-to Nikon.

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Baja Cruise Saved By Topaz

I’m writing this post from my iPad so I have no idea what it’s going to look like when I’m done.

Just wanted to share a new set of photos that I worked on this evening. I went back into the archives to some shots that I took on our cruise to Baja Mexico last April. For some reason I had never really been that enthusiastic about the photos from that trip. They were mostly of the snapshot variety, and since the skies were overcast most of the time we were out there, the lighting wasn’t that great for photography.

Tonight I decided to see what Topaz Adjust could do with a few of the images, and I’m glad I did. You can see the entire set at my Flickr page. I hope you’ll check them out and let me know what you think!

And here’s my favorite one:

Baja Cruise April 2010

This is a rose that we saw at the L.A. Cetto winery where we toured while docked in Ensenada Mexico. The roses are planted at the ends of the rows of grapevines, and they serve as an early warning system to alert the growers to pests and diseases that could affect the vineyards. Their roses were just beautiful, and this shot sprang to life when I ran it through Topaz tonight.

Gulls over Ensenada

Finally got a few hours to spend processing  more of the photos that we took while we were on our cruise back in April.  On the third day of the cruise we were docked in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.  In the late afternoon we went out on deck to watch the sunset, and we found that there was a very stiff breeze blowing, with sustained winds around 20-25 mph.  We noticed that the seagulls, which always accompanied the ship while in port, were flying into the wind as they came close to the ship, and for the most part they were simply hovering in the air with their wings widespread.

I had the telephoto lens on my camera, and managed to get some great shots of these beautiful birds in the late afternoon sun as they circled around us.

The full-size version of these photos can be seen on my Flickr site in the set titled Gulls in Flight. They were all shot as JPG files and processed in PaintShop Pro X3.

I haven’t been able to get out with the camera lately, and now it’s beginning to get really hot here in the Valley.  I have a four-day weekend coming up for the Fourth of July, so I’m hoping to spend some quality camera-time then.  I miss it!

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