We bought it for two major reasons:
1. It has a viewfinder. P doesn't like using an LCD screen in bright sunlight--particularly because he wears polarized sunglasses on the trail--and that means you just can't see the screen in the daytime.
2. It's small, smaller than his Blackberry, and weighs only about five ounces. That makes it easy to take wherever we are going. We would post a photo...but we'll have to find a mirror first...grin.
Instead, we'll just post a couple of photos from our last trip. The one upper left is a shot of moonlight on the water at Waugh Lake.
And below right is M enjoying the view from one of our campsites. It reminds us a bit of a Maxfield Parish painting.
Over the years, he's learned how to adjust exposures, use the zoom to frame the photo, and adapt to the viewfinder, which always shows a bit less of the scene than you'll see on the final photo.
So the next time you a photo you like on this website, don't be misled. It wasn't taken by someone who knows a lot about photography. And it wasn't taken with a complicated SLR camera with lots of lenses or attachments.
It was taken by someone who got up into the Sierra so far that anyone could take a picture and have it look good.
And if you want to see more photos, you can always go to our Picasa pages, where there are more photos than you'll ever want to see.