I was very brave this morning. I plucked up the courage to use manual focus. Blame Mieke. Anyway, it worked a treat. I used my new Nikon D3100 on auto at 50mm but with manual focus. Too easy! Flower in focus, background soft focus, all that cool stuff just like Mieke does. Oh, God, I feel soooo liberated! Isn’t it gorgeous? I think I deserve an award for that one. Oh, yes… it’s a frangipani. Do you think I could remember that name earlier? I knew it began with ‘f’ but the damn thing wouldn’t pop into my skull for ages. My garden, Taree Oz.

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I’m a hobby photographer. In fact, I’m not sure Red Bubble should refer to me as an “artist”. But I do like to take photos that are above average, and certainly appreciate learning from my fellow Bubbleonian’s efforts as well as their comments. I use a second hand Sony Cybershot F717 (recently replaced by a new Nikon D3100) and a Fuji Finepix S7000. Photography allows me to keep souvenirs of my experiences. Today’s deeds become tomorrow’s memories.

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 2 years ago

    You are becoming way too clever for me Gary … just spent the last half hour drooling over the camera on the net … perhaps if I learn to use the manual focus option on my current camera I might be allowed to upgrade …
    Great shot … your blooms are waaay ahead of mine, no buds even down south.

  • Years ago with my Olympus OM1 (pre digital) I used manual controls all the time without even thinking about it. I sold the Olympus some time ago and didn’t have a camera for a while. Then came the digitals and auto mode, so I got lazy. Worse still, I got out of the habit of using manual settings and eventually lost my confidence. Tsk, tsk. Using manual focus the other day proved that there’s nothing scary about manual settings at all. And once you get used to them, you’re the master of the camera.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 2 years ago

    I would love to be master of my camera … maybe I should look at the manual and try to use the camera manually instead of relying on the preset options, which don’t always work as I would like them to ….

  • Once you understand the relationship between aperture (F stop), depth of field (DOP) and shutter speed, you’re all set to experiment. The old range-finder film cameras allowed you to select an aperture and then adjust the shutter to match (or vice versa) using a needle guide in the viewfinder. It’s called AP (aperture priority) or SP (shutter priority) in digital cameras. The most important thing is to understand the relationships between the various functions of the camera…. and not just what each one does individually.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 2 years ago

    Thanks Gary … I think I need a lesson or two …

  • Cool. Then you can teach me.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful.

  • Thanks, Albert. Nature has a thing about being wonderful. :)

    – Gary Kelly

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured Gary.

  • Thanks again for the fav, Julie. They’re very pretty in the first few days but soon discolor and fall off. Oh well…

    – Gary Kelly

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