Trials and Tribulations of the Amateur Photographer
Thursday in between two moments of peace there was a moment of frustration as I could not get the camera to capture what I saw. I wanted a close-up of the buds against a darker background. If I zoomed, I got the background.
This week’s theme for Picture Perfect inspired me to try again. Thank you very much PP people.
I went back to the river. I could not find the hazelnut buds. There was a good reason for that. I had photographed alder buds. I messed with the settings on the camera, trying to get macro and a small f-stop number. I could not seem to modify the f-stop number lower than 4 although I set the dial to the aperture priority function. For some reason at one moment it changed down to 3.5 so I took the photo and it is pretty well what I wanted. Of course, three days later, the same water droplets were no longer there. I wasn’t completely at ease as I could hear shots and dogs in a not that far distance. So I came back up the hill to home. The result is just about what I wanted.
This camera (Canon SX120 IS) has a plethora of possibilities. What I don’t like is that the printed manual just tells you basically how to point and shoot. For anything more advanced, the 143 page pdf file is on a CD which can be uploaded to the computer. Not very convenient when you are 500 meters down the hill and need to verify something. Upon return I found out that some f-stops may not be available according to the zoom factor. I must have slightly un-zoomed to get the 3.5.
The most important point that I learned in this experience in my opinion is to get off the automatic setting. This is true in many areas. Saying please and thank you automatically is a good thing, I think, but any further and we may be entering the zone of prejudice.