Took long enough

2009 October 13
by Hedon

But I finally bought a tripod for the camera. Now all I have to do is learn f-stop, aperture something or other, depth of field, composition, histograms, flash back, shutter speed, digital noise removal, phases of the moon, the rule of thirds, how to make a wicked good quiche, setting the white point, red eye removal, color correction, unsharp mask, how to do a valve-job on a 1963 Chevy pickup, the golden mean, quality of light, how to complete an emergency appendectomy, and ISO ratings. Then I might make a decent photographer out of myself. The study is going along pretty well since you can find tons of photography tutorials on the web, but I have yet to figure out the ’63 Chevy engine. Sigh. It’s always something. That’s suddenly a lot of pressure to learn things caused by a $13 tripod.

Someone was working hard... unlike me.

Someone was working hard... unlike me.

10 Responses
  1. 2009 October 13
    limericc permalink

    Great picture. Love it. What kind of camera?

    • 2009 October 13

      It’s a Fuji something or other with lots of fiddly knobs and modes that I don’t know how to use. It goes from fully automatic to fully manual in the blink of an eye, but once it gets into manual mode we both just kinda sit there staring at each other wondering where we go from there. I think it’s sitting there expecting me to take the lead or something. Good luck on that, Fancy-pants Camera.

  2. 2009 October 14
    limericc permalink

    Well that pic is super. I’m still stuck with the really simple ones. OK, now time for more pics.

    • 2009 October 15

      Thanks! I’m working on it as we speak. I was trying to sneak up on these ducks and get some uber-close ups but Maggie got all excited and started barking at the last minute. Sigh.

  3. 2009 October 14

    OMG…wow….that’s a GREAT picture!! I love bugs on flowers. LOL

    I came across a GREAT website that I am LOVING.

    Check it out at:

    Can’t wait to see more fabulouness coming out of your camera. And I’ll be looking forward to a slice of that wicked good quiche too.

    • 2009 October 15

      I am definitely going to check that out — the camera seems to be starting to smirk at my noob-ness

  4. 2009 October 19

    So, will you be posting pics of the body partsyou’ll be removing too?

    Fabulous nature shot and you chose the perfect F-stop. The smaller the F-number, the wider the aperture, the more light gets in to the sensor, the narrower the depth of field.

    Notice in this shot how the background is out of focus (perfect) and in the bottom left, part of another plant is out of focus in the foreground (perfect) Well done!


    • 2009 October 20

      Thanks Doug!

      I’ve been reading a lot on this F-stop business. Lately the problem has been trying to find time to play with it. At least the weather is cooling down so I am getting out and about more. I seriously don’t do heat.

  5. 2009 October 19

    I just realized that as you sharpen your skills with that camera that my chances of getting the privilege of photographing your considerable assets will melt away!

    (Funny that stupid Captcha thingy wants me to put in “wayward”. Coincidence? I think not!)

  6. 2009 October 20


    I think you’re still safe — if you were going to photograph my butt you’d need to have one of those REALLY wide lenses.

    Think the kind they used to get the opera house and the entire harbor in that famous shot… and I don’t have one of them. :)

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