I hope you don’t mind, but I would like to use this post to pat myself on the back just a little bit :). I am a person who doesn’t like change, and it is not unusual for me to do things the same way time after time without any variation. It’s that “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” type of mentality. What I mean by that is that I have been quite pleased with my photos taken in Auto mode over the last few years, so I just kept the dial in the same spot every time I took my camera out. Lately though, I have been really determined to learn more about photography because what’s the point in having a beautiful DSLR camera if you don’t use its many creative features?
So, this weekend while my parents were visiting and we were driving around to see the Fall colours, I was adamant that I would take every single photo in Manual mode, or at least in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority modes. Obviously I am just learning, and it will take quite some time before I will feel like I really know what I am doing, but it was a lot of fun experimenting. I still have many landscape photos to post which showcase the beautiful countryside at this time of year, but today I want to share some of my close-up shots with you. I have been to many seminars in the past where they have explained about aperture and how it affects the depth of field, and I understood it at the time, but because I didn’t use that knowledge on a regular basis, it didn’t sink in. I would be successful initially, but then I would go back to Auto mode and forget how to manually change my depth of field.
Now that I am forcing myself to use Manual mode every time, I really feel like I am starting to “get it”. Here are a variety of close-ups that I took this weekend, all shot at very small f-stops. You be the judge :). Do you think I’m getting the hang of it?