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This is Page 3 of 3 - the best of March 2012!
posted: March 31st, 2012
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This page begins with March 28th and a test shot of the crescent moon with my 2nd new camera of the month - a Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. We progress through March 30th and a trip to Bubaigawara to visit the Kyodo-No-Mori Park to see Plum Trees and Plum Blossoms and to give the camera a real test (By the way, I love it). Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin March 28th, 29th & 30th
  Well, as stated above, this row consists of a couple of the very first test shots with my 2nd new camera of the month. On Page 1 I showed some photos taken with the Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR Camera and as also stated, I was very unhappy with that camera and returned it. The 2nd page of photos was taken with my old Canon S5-IS Camera, which I have always liked. Now, this 3rd page shows photos taken with my brand new Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Camera. The first shot shows a crescent moon taken at the maximum Optical (35x) plus Digital Zoom (4x) capabilities of the camera (total 140x or at 35 mm film camera equivalent - an 840 mm lens). I can't wait for the full moon this month. The 2nd shot is our porch Cymbidium goeringii - doing as good as ever. It has so many flowers this year that we can't count them!
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  On March 30th Kazuya and I went to Bubaigawara and went to Kyodo-No-Mori Park there to see the Plum Blossoms. It was the best we have ever seen them, although much later than usual. And, I invite you to compare the colors on this page with the colors of Plum Blossoms on Page 1 - I believe the Canon Camera's colors are much superior to those taken with the Fujifilm Camera.
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  Here is a yellow Cornus officinalis shot in first position, followed by a shot of Trout Lily (Erythronium japonicum) and then an overview of a small section of the Plum Trees in this large area.
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  All 3 photos in this row are Plum Blossoms. The first shot also shows Kazuya.
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  Here is a shot of Plum Blossoms and then 2 shots of a small field of Rape Flowers. The 2nd shot is zoomed to the maximum capability of the camera (140X = 840 mm in 35 mm camera equivalent).
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  Here is a shot of a pussy willow, using a moderate amount of zoom, then a dark red Plum Tree and then a shot of a couple of Hepatica Flowers.
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  This row demonstrates the 140x zoom capability of the camera. The first shot is using no zoom at all - keep your eyes on the 2 yellow Poppy Flowers which the arrow is pointing at. The 2nd shot is an example of maximum (35x) optical Zoom. The 3rd shot is an example of maximum optical Zoom (35x) plus maximum digital zoom (4x) for a total of 140x! It is surprising that there is still decent detail with the maximum digital zoom!
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  The first shot in this row is a shot taken using the "Vivid" setting on the camera. The 2nd and 3rd shots are back to normal mode.
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  Here is a beautiful shot. The 2nd shot is 2 shots which have been stitched together. The 3rd shot is also nice.
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  In this row, please note the general color difference in the branches and flower parts between the 1st and 3rd shots. Interesting!
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  The first 2 shots in this row feature a Flowering Magnolia Tree and a Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis). I can see that I am going to like the zoom capabilities of this camera! The 3rd shot is a type of cherry blossom. This shot was taken after we left Kyodo-No-Mori Park and were walking to Koremasa Station to head for home.
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End Daniel's Photos, Begin Kazuya's Photos of March 30th
  Kazuya was busy and didn't give me his photos until after mine were already "processed" and inserted into this page, but rather than just leave his photos from Kyodo-No-Mori Park out, I am inserting them at the end of the page. The first shot is a Viola mandshurica which we found growing through a crack in the sidewalk as we walked to the station to take the train to Koremasa. The 2nd shot shows a couple of Hepatica nobilis var. japonica f. magna flowers in Kyodo-No-Mori Park. The 3rd shot is an amazing Plum Blossom.
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  Both shots here show Plum Blossoms and me - it was a "bad hair" day and I didn't wear a hat today.
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  Here are 2 great Plum Blossom shots.
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End March 30th, End Page 3, End March 2012's Photos
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