Friday, 19 October 2012

Some Photos Taken on the Manual Setting ...

Hello there! Many "Thanks" for your kind comments on my last posting and "Hello!" to my new followers.

Without much ado, I'll just show you some of the photos that I recently took on the manual settings on my camera. For those of you who have dropped by for the first time and are wondering what on earth I'm rambling on about - I will explain! I am now three weeks into a Beginners Photography Course at a local Adult Education Centre - the aim being to learn more about my camera and to learn to use the manual settings.

The above photo is of our cat, Milhaus - Millie, for short. He is actually a ginger tom. He's named after Millhouse in The Simpsons, Bart Simpson's friend with the glasses and the big nose.

I ventured into the garden, thinking what could I snap at next and came across this spider and its web.

Another shot. If I could do a link thing (which I can't) I would show you a photo that I took an auto of another spider a few weeks ago which I think is better than this one!

A closer look. Sorry if you don't like spiders. I guess if you don't then you won't have reached this far!

I hunted around the garden for some bits of Autumnal colour.

I don't know what this plant is other than there are two in the garden and they have continuously flowered throughout the Summer and are now showing off their darkened berries.

A photo of another spider. This one was near the fence and on an automatic setting the camera would have had great difficulty in picking out the spider as it is a similar colour to the wooden fence but on manual you can focus the camera yourself.

I still have a long way to go. I had my fourth class yesterday. There is a lot to take in - ISO, shutter speed, apertures and manual focus.

As the tutor said there is only one way to learn and that is to go out and take plenty of photos!

Until next time,



  1. Your lessons sound so much more complicated than I imagined it makes you wonder how many use the manual settings on a regular basis. I suppose once you have learnt what to do it must become second nature. I enjoy looking at your experiments, they still look wonderful.
    Sarah x

  2. Your photos are great, very clear and with great detail and colours. I particulalry like the 1st and 3rd photos of the spider.

  3. gorgeous shots! Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

  4. Dear June,
    You are really coming on. However, who am I to say that. I dont have a camera as good as yours.. mine is just a simple little digital camera.
    I wouldn't know the first thing about manual or automatic..
    I dont like spiders..but they are fascinating when they weave their webs.
    great photos.
    happy weekend

  5. I think those came out very well! It really looks like you're getting the hang of it!

  6. I'm not a lover of spiders, but that last shot is stunning. Have to say that Millie steals the show though, handsome boy!

  7. The unknown plant is Leycesteria formosa, sometimes called Pheasant berry, and is often distributed by birds, so you may not have planted it yourself.
    It's an excellent long lasting cut 'flower'!

  8. I think your photos are just getting better and better. You are braver than me getting that close to the spiders!

  9. June you do take some beautiful pictures, I love the one Millie is a very handsome chap. Tracy

  10. Hello June
    your photos are very, very good, Mr spider a bit to good Eeek !
    We grew your unknown plant in our Cornish garden, and was told in was himalayan honeysuckle, it grew into quite large shrub
    Happy Weekend
    Thea x

  11. The colour & detail is amazing. You must have a super camera !

  12. ... someone has already answered your question - I also know the plant as a pheasant berry - very prolific once it sets seed ... gets everywhere.
    The spider piccies are good - I can never get the spiders from the front - they are always taken from underneath like yours ... maybe they all spin their webs the same way, facing to or from the sun??

  13. The wonderful thing about being able to use manual settings is that you don't always have to but you'll know when they'll give you the best results. Loving the spider pics, what an incredible beastie!

  14. Looks like you're making very good use of your course. Well done! Millie is gorgeous. Juliex

  15. I have really enjoyed seeing all the different photos you have been taking. Millie is just the cutest..very photogetic indeed :)
    Magie x


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