Crikeys! It worked! Yay!
The Lytro camera is an amazing thing. I won’t pretend to understand it fully, but it’s a light field camera, and it captures the entire light field, which allows you to refocus the photo after it has been taken. It seems ideal, at this point (I’ve been playing with it for about a week), for close-up photos with something cool in the background, portraits, or relatively complicatedly framed photos where there’s a lot in the photo at different distances from the camera itself.
This photo was taken at Graue Mill, in Hinsdale, IL. Graue Mill is a working museum–there’s an actual mill inside that grinds up corn and wheat. You can purchase freshly-ground cornmeal and wheat flour there in little cloth bags. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Salt Creek, which I’m fairly certain will burn your skin off if you spend too much time in it, runs past the mill and used to power the wheel, but I think now it’s run on electricity. It’s right next to Fullersburg Woods which has lovely walking paths and a nature museum.
Go ahead and click around on the photo. That robin was in her nest when I tromped up with my camera. I didn’t notice her at first. Then she hopped out of the nest and scared the crap out of me (I have a feeling I scared the crap out of her first) and went and sat on that branch. I wish I’d changed the exposure a little, because it’s a little dark. But it’s a nice example of what the Lytro camera does.
Here’s some flowers I snapped along the path near the mill. Refocus to your hearts content.
I like this one, even though I was a little too close to that main flower, so it’s a little hazy. I need to learn how to use the “creative mode” on the camera, which supposedly lets you get so close to the subject you’re touching it. I think it’s pretty, though.