It was delivered on Friday, so on Saturday we drove out to Antelope Island State Park to experiment and see what it could do.
I started with a few simple flower close ups. There were a lot of Black-Eyed Susans along the park roads.
We went to the Garr Ranch site in the park. There was a lot of old farm machinery scattered about. Craig took this picture using my old Sony RX100. He says it looked like a giant mouse trap.
I started to snap away, concentrating on the parts and shapes more than the complete machines.
|Farm device designed by Salvador Dali|
|Jayhawk Hay Stacker|
Beyond the ranch location there is much open grassland where Antelope Island's 500 or so bison range.
We saw several small groups that were recognizable as bison, but much too far away to photograph with my old camera.
These three were out for a walk on the very large sandy beach.
The 600 mm zoom showed the texture of his shaggy coat.
This pair was pretty close to the road, but still far enough that it was safe for me to get out of the Jeep to get his picture. He was using the large rock behind him to get a good rub.
If he could talk, I think he would have said how good the scratching felt!
He then moved away a bit and began to graze.
Fantastic detail! You can see the grass in his mouth.
After shooting about 50 bison pictures, we went on up to the Visitors Center and found a place to have our little picnic lunch.
I am very pleased with my new camera. I have a lot to learn about how best to use it. When we bought my Sony RX100 about five years ago, I wanted a small camera that I would be comfortable carrying on hikes. It served me well, but we are doing less difficult hiking, and the RX10 is really fairly light, and I expect to have fun with it this winter.
Finally, this is a view of the Great Salt Lake from the Visitors Center. The road is the seven mile causeway linking its East shore with the Island. That's a birdhouse to the right.
If you are ever in Salt Lake City, Antelope Island State Park is good for a day trip, and a place to see the lake.
Note: Go on a cool day, there is no shade. Also you can swim in the lake if you want to (you can't sink).