Nov 13 2010

Out and About With the Canon G11:
A Photomontage by Pat McKay

Pat McKay is both a keen cyclist and a skilled photographer, whose arsenal of cameras includes a capable digital SLR, the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. More often than not, however, he leaves his XSi behind when he saddles up, preferring the lighter weight, more compact Canon PowerShot G11. But while the G11 isn’t a DSL—it’s a step up from my own Canon A590 IS point-and-shoot model—its image quality is top notch.

As you can readily see for yourself. Pat’s been good enough to let me publish a few photos from his collection. And here they are (right-click on any photo to bring up a larger image in new window), beginning with this evocative landscape:

Adkins Pond (Pat McKay)

But the G11 can move in close, too, as these shots of monarch butterflies attest:

Monarchs in Flight (Pat McKay)

Monarch at Rest (Pat McKay)

Monarch Eating (Pat McKay)

And this macro “still-life” with bee:

Busy Bee (Pat McKay)

Note the depth of field, the high resolution—you can see the small “hairs” on the bee’s face and the soft fluff on his thorax— and (in the photo below) the wonderful bokeh.

Busy Bee 2 (Pat McKay)

Color rendition is superb, too, as this photo of two daisies illustrates:

Daisies (Pat McKay)

And the camera’s compact size lets Pat move in close to his subject—real close:

Mushroom Gills (Pat McKay)

Another shot—a musk thistle blossom—displays the G11’s high resolution in macro mode:

Musk Thistle (Pat McKay)

Then again, there are times when you can’t close the gap between photographer and subject. And at times like these, the G11’s zoom lens earns its keep:

Woodchuck (Pat McKay)

Of course, the G11 isn’t limited to photography in the wild. It’s equally handy for travel and sightseeing. Pat photographed this dolphin from beneath its glass tank:

Dolphin (Pat McKay)

As well as a little ship’s bowsprit, with the Chestertown, Maryland, shore in the background:

Chestertown Shore (Pat McKay)

And the struggles of a ground crew to control a blimp’s mooring line:

Blimps (Pat McKay)

Note how well the G11 handles the challenging gray-on-gray shot. But it’s equally good at architectural subjects, as this wide-angle photo of the reflected image of the Indianapolis capitol proves:

Capitol Reflection (Pat McKay)

Indoor photography? No problem. Check out this spectacular shot of a glass art exhibit:

Glass Art (Pat McKay)

And portraits? You bet!

Nause-Waiwash Powwow (Pat McKay)

Threshermen's Show (Pat McKay)

OK. The G11 isn’t a DSLR. But it’s clearly a first-rate camera. Of course, no camera can be any better than the photographer behind it, and Pat’s quick eye and steady hand combine to make the most of his G11’s many virtues. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more of his photographs in future. And I’ll bet you are, too.

Pat McKay

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