It's probably clear by now that I am obsessed with my camera. I like to understand the physics of how the camera works, and I'm hoping to improve my skills prior to travelling to the States. I want *good* holiday photos, darn it!
This morning, I went wandering around Jellicoe Park in Onehunga. I have since realised that the reason many of the photos were unusable is the bright blue sky - everything looked blue! Next time, I'll try custom setting the white balance with a piece of white card. Incidentally, you can't fix those kind of problems with photo-editing software... computers can only help so much.
I took photos of the geraniums from quite a distance, using my telephoto lens. With such a long lens, any minor shakes (or leaves blowing in the wind) will create major blurs. This can be kept to a minimum with a fast shutter speed.
Amazing colour. And I can't believe that I nailed the depth of field so well on the flowers! Manual focus all the way, baby...
While I took photos across the Manukau Harbour to Mt Mangere, a lovely older gentleman regaled me with stories of why Jellicoe Park made such a good fort (yes, it was one). Obviously because it has such good views... and he expressed his sadness that for some reason the first thing the British did was to plant such huge non-native trees and block the view! Very true.
I don't know what this thing is. A marble sculpture of some sort. Mostly, I just liked the lichen.
A view down to the motorway and the new Manukau Harbour Crossing.
What can I say... I'm learning. Today's lesson - white balance!!!