Alice Cooper, The Formative Years

April 5, 2010: Hired on as assistant wrangler to Dr. Mama Placencia Friday and off we went to the Minnesota Zoo to see the baby farm animals. Rain failed to dampen Nick and Lauren’s enthusiasm, although Uncle Photographer felt like Uncle Drowned Rat before the day was through. Highlight’s included petting rabbits, splashing around the playground and getting faces painted to vaguely resemble cows. After several rain showers the makeup reminded me more of an early Alice Cooper concert than a cartoon bovine.

Used the GF1 and 20mm 1.7 for these. Still trying to decide if I should keep it. The lens is very sweet and sharp, and the small pop-up flash handled a tricky backlit/fill situation well in the barn where the young Cooper wannabes received their new faces. RAW at ISO 400 and 2.8.

So far the GF1 has shown only one potentially fatal characteristic: it blows highlights that my DSLRs handle easily. I love having a small, easily lugged camera, and I’ve been waiting for a digital version of my old Canon Q17 rangefinder ever since I made the leap from film to pixels. That is, I want a simple, small, short range camera that delivers the same image quality as the bigger SLRs. I’d hoped the GF1 was going to be that camera, but it doesn’t look like it.

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