Flower Fun with Manual Exposure

By: danitacahill

Sep 10 2012

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Category: bokeh, Depth of Field, Floral, Focal point, Macro, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photojournalism, Rural Photography, Summer, Wild Flower


Focal Length:168mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

Most often I am working in a journalistic way – capturing moments as they happen, letting events unfold as they will.

But on mornings when I take my camera for a walk, and I have more time, I like to play with setting, exposures, focus and shooting into the light.

This was one of those “play” shots. Messing with manual exposure and macro setting.

As I’ve said, although I am a professional photographer and make a good portion of my living selling photographs (the other portion from my writing) I don’t consider myself an expert photographer. I’ve read a lot of photography books, pored over my camera manuals, looked at some online tutorials, followed other photographers’ blogs, taken a couple of college classes and a workshop, and joined a camera club.

But mostly I’ve learned by doing.

Manual exposure is not something I’m really comfortable with yet. I’m not fast at it. Or I get the focus set where I want it, then the subject moves, or I move and I have a blurry shot. In a couple of instances, that blur has worked to the advantage. Click here for a motion-blurred photo that I am very happy with, although  it was a total mistake.

Today’s post was a “play” shot using manual focusing. I’ll keep playing – see what I can come up with. I’d like to encourage you to be bold and play – see what you can do with your camera, too.

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


2 comments on “Flower Fun with Manual Exposure”

  1. Very pretty. I didn’t think I would use the manual much, but I find myself using it more and more. I started with the hummingbirds. They are fast and hard to catch, but I have more luck with manual because unless they are still or hovering a long time, the poor camera goes crazy trying to focus.

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