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I love lavender plants and so do the bees ….  ladybirds and butterflies are in short supply in my garden – well, non-existent really – but the bees are out in force.  So, I thought I’d have another go at practicing with the macro setting on my new camera. Hmm  –  very disappointing I must say – goodness knows what I’m doing wrong.  It must be because I’m treating it asin  ‘auto’ mode I guess – I don’t know if I’m supposed to be selecting other things to help.

Fortunately I’d read tips from someone about using the zoom lens for flower close ups instead and so I’ve contented myself with experimenting with that. These are the results, but I know I could do so much better!  I found it wasn’t much good my trying to set the camera for fast-moving objects either ….  I find it all very frustrating as I really hanker after lovely sharp images.  However – as I’ve said elsewhere – I try to make up for that with being more ‘artistic’ when  sharpness isn’t crucial.  And as I enjoy  using my Paintshop Pro it becomes such a pleasure to do.  I try to get as good a photo ‘in camera’ as I can though and I don’t like to be too obvious in ‘enhancing’ images. But there are instances when it’s ok to go to extremes and a lot of  fun too.

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Next time I hope to post something completely different to my recent wild-life offerings.  More ‘still life’ or abstracty.  See you soon,   Eileen

 


Busy Bees

geranium & bee

This Geranium [Crane’s Bill] is growing outside my garden border –  from past experience I know how they can take over a garden. However pretty they are, I don’t like ‘invasive’ plants, but the Bees do and they were going crazy over this one.
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I would have liked the bees to have been sharper, but they were moving about from flower to flower the whole time , so it was pure chance that I got a couple of reasonable shots.

It’s times like this that show my lack of camera know-how – and oh how I long for a guiding hand over my shoulder!  Maybe one day I’ll find a photography class/course /day that will be conveniently near enough for me to attend …. but ideally – it would be lovely to find a knowledgeable companion to go on photographic walks with. Meanwhile, as usual, I have to learn as best I can from the many excellent photography Blogs here or my beloved books, but as when learning to use a computer, there’s nothing like a real person to explain things is there?  Oh dear – I hope I don’t sound too sorry for myself!!

see you soon,     Eileen