Pictures I’ve been taking lately have been lousy. Since I have a brand new camera, an exact replacement of the one I had, I couldn’t figure it out. The pictures are mushy, slightly out of focus. I have one disadvantage. I can read the small booklet that comes with the camera, but I cannot play the CD that goes into the advanced features. I’ve held to auto-focus, which is what I use most anyway. I took test photos around the house and yard and I threw out most of them. The one above is not enhanced in any way and turned out well.
Nor was this one of my newly cleaned purse enhanced. It occasionally turns into a rat’s nest, somehow.
This one was blurry-still is. I had to enhance it by saturating the color and cropping.
I did the same with this brave seedling starting life on a log, although, it could have stood alone. I liked it better cropped tighter and saturated a bit.
Then I got to playing around and turned this rather dull photo of plants against my brick wall with a reflective picture in the background into a pen and ink drawing. All with the magic of Picasa. It isn’t a great photo, either, but it is an interesting editing feature.
This tulip hadn’t bloomed in several years. It liked the strange rain pattern we’ve had this year. It turned out okay.
This Iris was gorgeous, not that the photo showed what my eyes saw.
This daffodil is a perfect specimen, but juxtaposed against a huge tree and distant background, it seems to float as though it was pasted onto a drawing. The light was weak and overhead and doesn’t illuminate the flower. Composition can make or break the photo.
In among the weeds, bright calendulas were hidden.
I concluded that the camera isn’t at fault. It is the photographer, that’s me, who should take more thoughtful time to get decent pictures. Maybe the best part of my camera test was getting outside and enjoying my yard for a half hour. Or, as in the photo above, just looking at everyday objects around the house from a different perspective.