Saturday, May 01, 2010

Practice Makes Perfect

At least that's the cliche. I am about to attempt a proof. I am no photographer. When I was writing news for the local paper, the editor always sent a camera person with me. The photos I brought back myself were out of focus or indecipherable - were those someone's feet and if so, whose? Was that a photo of someone's hair? Why on earth was there a picture of a yawning black chasm amid pictures of a parade?

A few years ago my son gave me a small point-and-shoot digital camera. I fell in love with taking pictures because the software that accompanied the camera allowed me to crop or even better, delete any photo unworthy of publication. Not that my skills improved, you understand, but the end results could be displayed without the embarrassment I'd suffered previously.

Now into my hands has come a new camera - an Olympus FE, a lovely sleek silver thing that has more focus than I ever dreamed, a zoom lens that operates all on its own despite my ineptness and produces photos like this:

and this:



and this:



I am off to read the manual with its pages of buttons and settings and picture taking tips. Then I'll be back.

14 comments:

Marion said...

I have been eyeing that Olympus FE for a long time. I'm so glad you have it...it sounds like an amazing little camera.

Good luck with reading the manual! The one that came with my last camera had print so small, I have yet to read it. Consequently, I don't have any idea how to use some of the buttons on my camera.

I'll be looking forward to some great photos!

steven said...

pauline - i really like that technology can be transmuted into a window, a portal to a person's creativity, an extension of their mind's eye. it's so fun and shows up as the kind of goodness i see in your pictures. superb! steven

Paul said...

I've almost literally never take a picture and had always questioned whether photography could be considered truly creative. But several years ago there was a blog I was following where this young woman often took black and white photos. After a while I started to recognize that she seemed to have a certain real style to her approach that was recognizable...

Roberta S said...

Beautiful, Pauline. As lovely, lovely, lovely, as any picture(s) could ever be.

I am also glad to see that your camera takes such bright and clear pictures, but at the same time does not completely erase shadow values. I have one that does that and it is most annoying. Makes every photo look artificially retouched without disgression.

Susan said...

I was given a gorgeous Nikon for Christmas last year and am sorry to confess that I STILL don't know half the things it can do, nor have I made good use of all the lenses I got with it.
It's almost like too many options.
But the photos it captures are gorgeous and I've spent walks just snapping snapping snapping.
Bravo to you for reading the manual!

Jean said...

Je suis heureux que vous soyez contente de votre appareil photos .
Vos trois photos de fleurs montrent que vous savez vous en servir !
Félicitations !

Hilary said...

A great start.. lovely flowers. I can see you'll be enjoying this camera. And it's a win/win since we'll get to enjoy your photos. Keep snapping!

Ruth said...

It's my favorite hobby (that or writing, can't decide), and I'm very lazy about reading the manual and learning the functions on my SLR. Bleh.

So if you teach yourself the functions now, that will establish good habits. Brava!

Molly said...

Lovely shots! The trouble with those manuals is they don't write them in English. It looks like English, but it's so full of techno-jargon it might as well be Swahili! Good luck figuring it out! We'll be looking for lots of great photos.....

Barbara said...

Wow, wow, and more wow! There's no stopping you now.

Meggie said...

Wowee! That camera sounds a dream!
Have fun with it!

Pauline said...

Thanks for all the positive comments. I find even after reading the manual I am a dud hand at photography. I want to know how to get closeups of far away things and the manual is mum. I can't remember which dial to set the thing to for the type of shot I want so while I'm fiddling with it, the cat walks away, the bird disappears into the tree tops, the sun sets. I've set the thing to AUTO and will let it choose what's best...

Reya Mellicker said...

The right tool makes all the difference. These pictures are beautiful!

Pauline said...

thank you Reya - from one who takes magnificent photographs, that's a compliment. I will pass it along to my camera :)