Monday, August 8, 2011


Mmm...I wanted to explain more about my last entry, only the camera has gone missing. Not that we got to use the camera where we took it, but I did want to take pictures of the finished Tardis today. It will have to wait until Dave returns from work, as I'm sure it's still in his backpack.

In the meantime, here's a picture I took earlier, of the pigface (charming name) in our garden.

Pigface in flower

It's found the perfect sunny spot this year, so it's full of flowers now - even more so than when this picture was taken. I'm actually finding it difficult to take nice images with my new camera. It's only a cheap Canon, but is lacking something the even cheaper Canon camera had before.

There isn't a lot of vibrancy in my colours any more. The images always seems overexposed, like the computer chip on auto-function cannot handle our harsh Australian sunlight.

Rather than race out and buy something else to replace it however, I'm using the opportunity to review my woeful photography skills. Do you have trouble taking good pictures too?

The things I'm reviewing is where I'm standing in regards to the sunlight. Sometimes you can alter the lighting by taking the photograph from another angle. Both the two images I've put up, in my opinion, are dreadfully overexposed. These were taken on the auto-function in the middle of the day.

I'd love to hear any quick tips you may have for taking successful pictures with a digital camera. No heavy techno-talk though please, LOL, because I still don't know what a DSLR camera is. ;)


  1. I love that flower because it reminds me of the Motherland! That would be California:) We had these growing on hillsides.
    I have problems with photography in general. Its partly the camera but I try not to use the auto feature if I can help it. Do you have a landscape option?
    Can you shade around your camera lens? Hold your hand over it, but make sure that your " shade" isn't in the photo. I keep trying to remember to take an umbrella out with me to experiment that way.
    I'm not very helpful am I?
    I hope that somebody else gives better advise!

  2. I didn't know they came in colours other than pink. For me they remind me of our coastal dunes.
    As for photography I am as bad as it gets. In fact I don't even know what you are talking about, the pictures look fine to me.
    I'm glad you are posting again after your break.

  3. I like the idea about the brolly Linda! I'll have to try that one out.

    I also didn't realise the pigface was infamous elsewhere! It's quite a lovely, low maintenence groundcover. I'm hoping it spreads some more, helped along with my propogating.

    It strikes really easy when you put a cutting in the ground. :)

  4. Thanks gullygunyah, I'm glad to be posting again. :)

    I know pink seems to be the most common colour for pigface in these parts, but I think I've even seen it in blue or purple too. The orange colour simply jumped out at me several years ago, when I went looking for hardy groundcovers at the local nursery.

    They do a great job of covering sand dunes, and they especially help keep erosion down. :)

  5. I have a cheap Kodak and would not have anything else except the Easyshare line. It has settings for beach/bright light, all sorts of conditions. Then, there is the Kodak program that uploads and helps with more settings to get a good picture.

    Some days, I and my love of adjusting pictures through software is the problem. Instead of holding your hand or an umbrella for shade, wear a hat or lightly tape a bit of paper over the top of the camera to shade the lens.

    Of course, the umbrella or hand will work, but not for me if I want to hold the camera steady.

    Get your camera's book out and read to see what you can Some days, I think I know what I am doing and have to resort to reading


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