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.

If I did macro, I got the buds.

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.

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About djdfr

Daily life experiences by a Franco-American woman living in the Breton countryside form the basics of this blog. Gardening, watercolour, choral music, food, are some of my interests. I seek to balance the physical, mental and spiritual. I am a free believer praying from the Bible, the Qur’an and The Revelation of Arès. In 1974, with Jesus as the messenger, and in 1977, manifesting as a stick of light, Our Creator spoke directly to a man in Arès, France, named Michel Potay. The message is in the book “The Revelation of Arès”. It is a call for us to change, to practice love, peacemaking, forgiveness, to free ourselves from all prejudice, to develop our spiritual intelligence, the intelligence of the heart.

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