I did some research and purchased a Sony Cybershot DX HX50V. It's a little heavier than my old point-and-shoot, but its 30X zoom is great. My Mom's neighbors (here in Wellington, Ohio, where I'm visiting) have mules, and I took a photo of the mules that looks like I was ten feet a way. In reality, the neighbors live about an eighth of a mile away. Mom said I should share the photo with the neighbors, but I was concerned doing so would also announce "Hey, I can take close ups of everything at your place!" (Neighbors: I was just practicing and won't aim my lens at you again. PS: Your mules are darn cute.)
At the moment I'm experimenting with camera settings I didn't realize were on my Cybershot when bought it. These settings make photos look like oil paintings, water colors, illustrations, and more. I'm getting rather addicted to the water color setting. Some examples are below.
|Son Paul (who lives in Lakewood, Ohio) and me.|
|View from Mom's back yard. Ohio has beautiful clouds.|
|Visitors Center at the Wellington Reservation, which is part of the Lorain County, Ohio, Metro Parks System and where my high school class will hold its 45th reunion.|
|Another shot at the Wellington Reservation.|
|Two mourning doves in Mom's lilac bush.|
|Baskets of hanging petunias on the town square in Wellington, Ohio, where Mom lives and where I grew up.|