Digital Photography continues to find new ways to intertwine its abilities into my life.
I have one of those Ipod Nanos that may have been allegedly produced sans protective coating. A result of this is that the Ipod is susceptible to scratches and scuffs-so much so that a class action suit resulted allowing disgruntled users to apply for monies in recompense. I received a packet in the mail recently telling me to check my serial number to see if I was eligible to participate in the cash drive.
When I put my Ipod Nano Up to my 47-year-old eyes, I found that I couldn’t read the serial number. My 1.75X reading glasses helped but the number still eluded me. If only my arms were longer or the type bigger. Into my backpack I dove to get my ruler with the built-in magnifying glass. (it is a pain growing older but consider the alternative) Still, I was unable to read the ultra-tiny type and determine if I was part of the wronged throng.
I pondered getting younger eyes to aid in the serial number extraction when my middle-aged eyes happened upon the Canon G10 sitting on my desk. “Hmmm,” I thought. “That just might work.”
I set the G10 on Macro mode and focused in on the area of the backing plate etched with the elusive serial number. I fired a single shot and zoomed in with the camera’s controls. Perfect! I could read it quite easily now. Those tiny letters were now suddenly large and clear. My camera became a small powered microscope of sorts. At 14.7 megapixels, I can zoom in quite a bit making small details larger.
From photographing plumbing parts to carry to the hardware store to documenting a used car to show your wife later, Digital Photography with its immediacy and versatility, can find new ways to become an invaluable tool in your arsenal.
I used mine as a microscope/magnifying glass. What new use have you found for your digital camera lately?
Rikk Flohr © 2009