I moved to the USA with my family in August 2002, it was really hot and humid summer in Miami, Florida -- too bad for Russians. I had no job and my wife had no job and we had no cars to drive, no place to live, etc. But, I bought the camera as soon as I could:-)
I decided to go digital and picked Sony DSC F717 5MP camera. Same swivel design -- like Nikon Coolpix 995. It was expensive at the time, $800. I have been in love with this camera for several month before turning back to film. Sony is wonderful camera, you can find full Phil Ashley's review here:
Sony Cybershot F717 Review
It is still in my bag, but I mostly use it for infrared now. Its also my backup camera. You can see some of the shots taken with Sony on this page and in my galleries.
This is an image taken in Infrared part of spectrum (IR). I used stacked Hoya R72 infrared filter and 8x ND filter. F717 was set to Night Mode since for the IR you have to use a Night Mode to remove camera's internal IR blocking filter. Camera can not be used on manual in this mode (this is specific to F717); you have to adjust the amount of the light to camera's ability to handle it in auto Night Mode (open aperture and 1/60 speed is the shortest possible). That is why you usially need 8x ND (Neutral Density) filter in addition to Infrared filter.
The place is Key Biscane, Miami, Florida
This is also IR shot of Key Biscayne (Miami, Florida).
This is hurricane Frances outward appearance, captured from South Miami, FL (Matheson Hammock County Park). Capture is in IR, the visible light pictures (I have some) was not so thrilling.
This is a cyprus wood along the Loop Road (close to Shark Valley, well-known Everglades National Park tourist attraction). Loop Road is open access unpaved 25-miles long road.
Also Loop Road in Dry Season, The water is in canal along the edges of the road. This is visible light shot.