Nikon-ography #3

Hibiscus 1

Hibiscus 1

Flower Power

Flowers are much easier to capture than my dog Little Monkey, but there was a strong breeze the day I was shooting (I’m not complaining mind; we needed to cool off a bit!) and the flower was bouncing around merrily. I had to time my clicks carefully.

Continuing my self-education with the Nikon camera, the above photo was taken using Mode A: Aperture-Priority Auto. In this mode, I can choose the aperture, while the camera automatically selects the shutter speed for best exposure.

I don’t have a zoom lens, but with this setting, you can achieve a similar effect by using a large aperture (low f value – here 5.3) to reduce the field depth. This gives a really clear close up with a nicely blurred background.

Below is my Also Ran.

Hibiscus 2

Hibiscus 2

The above photo, on the other hand, was taken on Auto with the ‘flower’ or ‘close up’ setting. The camera does all of the setting adjustments automatically. While it’s still a decent close up of the hibiscus, it just doesn’t compare to the first photo.

 

post script: I realise there are many awesome photographers out there, with great skill, producing beautiful pictures. I follow and enjoy many photographic blogs.

Here, I am not trying to say how to take photos. All I am doing is documenting my own slow progress in learning how to use a more complicated camera than my little point and click Canon.Β 

 

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27 thoughts on “Nikon-ography #3

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚ And interesting, I did not know it had medicinal properties. Fortunately, I don’t need that particular one! πŸ™‚

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  1. HN

    The first picture is a pleasure to look at. I share your enjoyment with exploring all the features of a camera. Since taking up photography I see the world with different eyes πŸ™‚

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  2. dizzylizzie72

    Love this flower and its color. I think you will learn your camera. I am still trying to learn how to use my camera – one year later. You take some wonderful pictures, do not underestimate your ability, I think you are doing fantastic.

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  3. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I love that you’re posting your progress instead of just telling me how to do it (like the other photographers tell me). It makes me feel like I’m learning it also. Sometimes making a mistake is the best lesson ever!
    I know what I like and I know everyone has thier own tastes. Personally, I like the second photo. I feel there is more detail.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Thank you very much πŸ™‚ But I wouldn’t presume to tell anyone how to shoot, being such a novice with this camera! And yes, you often learn more from a mistake.
      The 2nd photo was in full sun, so brighter; the 1st in the shaded part of the bush. Thanks for your input πŸ™‚

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  4. Garfield Hug

    Interesting hybrid of Hibiscus. The ones I see are usually with a singular pistal coming out from the hollow centre of the bloom. Lovely indeed! You are making good progress in your skills! Keep it up!! πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you GH πŸ™‚ I only know this type of hibiscus around here.
      And so far I have been doing the easy stuff! We’ll see how this progresses! πŸ™‚

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