Category Archives: Photographs

The Great Tulip Tree Photography Experiment

I have purchased several point and shoot digital cameras over the years. The first was purchased around 2002 before our trip to England. It was a bemouth Olympus Camedia C-2100. with a 10x optical zoom. People thought it was something else. It’s what I took all my cicada photos with in 2004. The others are below, in no particular order and some might be missing. I still have the first three plus the Olympus Camedia.

  • Fuji FinePix S700 (zoom 10x)
  • Samsung WB250F (zoom 17x)
  • Olympus SZ17 (zoom 24x)
  • Panasonic Lumix (unknown zoom)

I’ve been meaning to give away some of my cameras and only keep one point and shoot and my Nikon D3500 but I never made time to do any comparison shooting until today. I took each at full optical zoom.

Unfortunately today’s experiment won’t really be fair since I had to charge some of the cameras, had to deal with our landscapers and when I took the last photo the light had changed. I will re-do it sometime soon. Also I am not 100% sure these are all the same flower.

Anyway, of the point and shoot, which one do you think is best?

Fuji FinePix (Zoom: 10x)
Olympus SZ17 (zoom 24x)
Samsung (zoom 17x)
Nikon (not a point and shoot) (Full zoom with 70-300mm lens whatever that means)

Shotgun Wedding in Six or Eight scenes

These photos were in a little yellow photo booklet. There is no date but the developer was “Rockford Photo Service”. It looks like it was a play. Based on the woman with the bobby socks and oxfords in the last photo, these were probably taken in the 1950s.

At first I suspected it was the Moose since my grandparents we active members there, but I zoomed in on the top center of the last photo and it looks like it is a 5-pointed star. I am pretty sure they were not Wiccans.

Wikipedia suggests that the Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic group open to both women and men, uses a pentagram as a symbol.

I’ll never know what was going on here, but it is fun looking at the photos.

Older couple standing in front of a table containing a silver pine tree and a box. A woman in a fancy hat looks on.
Perhaps this is the bride’s family. Or perhaps they have nothing to do with the wedding. However the woman in the back is wearing a fancy hat, so it might be part of the wedding. I love the old-fashioned phone in the back.

Two women set up a chafing dish at a banquet table on which sits silver candlesticks, silver coffee pots and a flower arrangement. Behind them is a group of people watching a band consisting of at least a saxophonist, a drummer and and pianist.
Again, this might not be part of the shotgun wedding. It looks very fancy.

A woman sprinkles petals (?) on the floor while another stands holding a tray draped with a cloth. Several people watch from around the room.
This is definitely part of the wedding. The room seems like it might even be a reception hall in a church. The woman spreading petals is probably playing the part of the flower girl and the other woman, perhaps is the ring-bearer.

The wedding couple at the altar with their witnesses. Behind them is a man holding a shotgun to the back of the groom (played by a woman with black curly hair).
Here’s where the shotgun comes into the wedding. Apparently the man with the gun and corncob pipe is the father of the bride. He seems to be dressed as a “hillbilly”.

The wedding party from the front. It includes the ring bearer, best man, groom, bride (who is facing her maid of honor) and the flower girl. The pastor, in black, stands at the altar, reading from a piece of paper. Behind the groom is the father of the bride with is pipe.
The bride and groom exchange vows.

Same group from the previous photo, this time the bride is looking at the best man.
The vows continue.

Close up of the bride and groom, best man, father of the bride, and maid of honor. The ring bearer seems to be eating a hot dog or something. Possibly blowing a whistle. The bride and groom are tied at the wrists with a white ribbon.
This might be the symbolic marriage knot. The maid of honor is very smiley.

The entire wedding party posing for a photo with the pastor in front.
The wedding party’s official photo. I’m wondering if the woman on the left — the ring bearer — is my grandmother Green. I don’t remember her wearing glasses, although it does look like her face.
Now that I think about it, my grandmother would have been in her mid-forties at the time women were wearing bobby socks and black and white oxfords as the woman in the audience behind the wedding party is wearing.