I got my first digital camera a little more than a year ago, an Olympus. It’s also pretty much an automatic. I’ve had a lot of fun, experimenting and trying out the different features. I usually take photos in the out-of-doors: nature, birds, critters and flowers. As I have gotten comfortable with this camera, I’ve discovered that though the macro lens is great for flower and insect close-ups,
I don’t feel skilled enough yet to manipulate the pictures on the computer. Still, it’s fun to try to overcome the glitches and take photos that are scenic and beautiful…trying to get a professional look, to create an emotion or tell a story.
Every now and then I’ve attempted to capture images at night. I really dislike flash photography which washes everything out but am equally frustrated with my shots using the existing light. The camera, in its effort to gather in enough light to see the subject will often take in too much light and the image looks like it was taken during an overcast day;
when I see icicles reflected in the warm yellow light of a bedroom window the image I end up with shows a white light instead.
Then, when I’m trying to capture a snowy night under the white street lights, the light comes out yellow.
Then there is the added frustration of the aperture being open so long, that the picture comes out blurry.
Of all my attempts, I think I like the pictures I’ve taken of the snow at dusk. Everything tends to come out blue which gives the picture a cold look.
I have tried to photograph the full moon on a cold, clear night. When others shoot the moon at night using a digital camera, everything is sharp – you can see the craters. My clear night with the moon turns into a bright, indistinct ball of light.
Still, every now and then, something will come out right, or at least interesting to look at, even if it doesn’t quite portray the scene as I see it. Go ahead and click on the photos for a closer view.
My current favorite will have to wait for tomorrow, Wednesday…Wordless Wednesday.