I've been deep into David Pogue's 'Digital Photography The Missing Manual' and found more bits about my camera I didn't know...such as, the exposure compensation button (no mocking laughter please). That little rectangle that is half black half white on the back of the camera - when you are on a manual mode, you can press this button and either darken or lighten the shot in third of a step units by pressing the button next to this little sign. So now, I can brighten or darken the shot, if I'm convinced the automatic reading isn't quite right. Who knew - well, probably all of you, but now I know too!
Also he spends some time telling you about all those prefixed manual settings, e.g.: "Portrait" - gives you a large aperture - so background is blurry or "Sports" - fast shutter speed. Also, under the category of you probably don't need to know, but you can screw your camera into the top of a lamp - no doubt getting a nice sharp photo of Uncle Bobby when he's wearing the lampshade. David also shows another cool tripod option that you make with a screw and a string - so you step on the bottom of the string - pull your camera up to make the string tight and presto - a cheapo, pocket ready, camera steadier.
This weekend Kevin & I managed to get over the the Royal Botanical Gardens for a lovely hike. I've managed to put these photos into Blogger backwards (apologies, I like to start with a better looking photo) and have not figured out how to move them around - so, here we go:
This is Eco-Lawn - a low maintenance, drought tolerant, shade and sun mix grass. I suppose if I had a cottage, find it's a bit scruffy for me. But a good example for people to see - it's being advertised as a lawn alternative. This is how it looks after a summer of heavy rain and no mowing.
The lovely new water feature - you can see the plants are small.
A very cool lily.
The dahlias were just at their best.
This is part of the scented garden - at one point it was sponsored by a Gas Company....
A Cornus looking handsome in the Fall.
You really can see how well everything has done with all the rain we received.
A primal scream here...yes, some of the leaves have started to change....not yet, I'm just not ready to think of Winter.
Ptilotus - probably Joey - didn't see the tag. What a great parking lot plant.
And, finally here's the walk in the woods. Here's a very handy way of dealing with fallen trees across a pathway.
What a glorious day.
More signs of Fall.
A nice big creature from the rodent family.
This fungus looked like it was grafted to this old stump - almost like those tiny cactus grafts.
And, just a couple illustrations of the exposure compensation feature - this is Agastache 'Apache Sunset' - with 1/3 step up - more light.
And this is the original that the camera produced: Note, I've got less information in the black area to the left of the frame now.
A close-up of a Ligularia - again, have stepped up the exposure to allow more light in - and I see that I'm losing a bit of focus.
Here is the original:
In this particular situation - a species clematis seedhead - I think I prefer this shot, where I added a 1/3 unit of exposure. (Blogger appears to have taken this photo and turned it on its head. Oh well.)