an element of focus…

I argue with my camera a lot. When it doesn’t do exactly what I want it to do, then I yell at it, aplenty. But at times, it’s to no more avail than kicking your car when the battery dies. DSC_0508

For you accomplished and knowledgeable photographers, you’re going to be tempted to tell me to just adjust the shutter or the speed of something or who knows what else. I’ll just forestall you by saying… I don’t understand all the terminology. Yes, I do have a pretty good idea of what shutter speed is, but I honestly don’t know all the ins and outs of how to work my camera. DSC_0511

DSC_0512I love a camera that focuses automatically, while allowing me to focus the lens. Aside from that, I take all my pics while trying to get it to focus where I want it, without making any fancy adjustments. Preferably in good lighting that doesn’t require a flash, because I have issues with flash photography.DSC_0514

Perhaps in the future, I will take a photography class at Clemson, but until then, I’ll stick with being a photography illiterate (or something like that). Plenty of people will try and tell me what I should adjust and consider trying out for my next photo shoot… and I just look at them like they’re speaking Greek. Call me set in my ways (I am, I know), but I’ll just continue to putz along, until I’m ready to learn some more. Emphasis on “ready to learn”. I promise, if I want to really understand, I’ll ask so many questions, you won’t be able to shut me up. : )DSC_0516

Meanwhile, with these pictures, I was trying to get a good shot of the blooms from above, to show they’re sharp angles. They almost look like an “X”, from on an upper angle. But the camera couldn’t make up its mind whether to focus on the blooms or focus on the green centerpiece at the top of the flower. And since I wanted it to focus sharply, it would choose one or the other, but not both. DSC_0517

No matter that I didn’t get exactly what I wanted, I love the contrasting colors, and the edges to the “X” of the plant. And I still haven’t figured out how my camera can focus an all four sets of blooms, in one picture, and yet not on “centerpiece”. DSC_0518

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