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azam650 Oct 29, 2010 7:57 AM

FZ35 flowers (and a few other things!)
Finally got the chance to take my camera away and still gravitated towards flowers! I like the colours it reproduces. C and C gratefully received. All OOC, no PP (except for the wine country shot which has a tiny bit of extra sat using Picnik). Thanks to Sarah, most P shots are done with spot focus and metering and pict adj as suggested.

Hope you like them. Hope they show I am learning!

Clint501 Oct 29, 2010 8:12 AM

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Great shots - for my taste, I'd "brighten" up the first few. They seem just a bit under exposed to my eyes.

Here's what the I'm Feeling Lucky" button can do in Picasa

I love the look on the cat - he must see the bird in the picture above him.

azam650 Oct 29, 2010 8:45 AM

Thank you Clint. I have just been trying out the 'one click wonder' and it makes a real difference. I used to use it all the time but got a bit hooked on Picnik when viewing in web albums. Here's another of the gorgeous cat.

NileLily Oct 29, 2010 8:51 AM

Amazing shots Azam, thanks.

Clint501 Oct 29, 2010 9:01 AM

That cat shot is great - looks like he's thinking "I bet it's going to taste like chicken!!"

azam650 Oct 29, 2010 9:01 AM

Just wanted to show the first one again with 'I'm feeling lucky'.

Clint501 Oct 29, 2010 9:15 AM


Raghu Oct 29, 2010 10:06 AM

Beautiful photos you can be proud of. I would have liked the bird uncut. Your cat sure is cute and adorable. You have close up and long shot, so now you know the capabilities of the camera. It is for you to explore further and enjoy. All the best!

saly Oct 29, 2010 10:46 AM

azam - these are very beautiful shots! Very nicely composed. Some are slightly underexposed, but that's easy to fix. You have a beautiful chinchilla cat!

LTZ470 Oct 29, 2010 11:28 AM

Thanks for sharing azam...they are great! Very crisp and great IQ...

TD Cole Oct 29, 2010 12:17 PM

Very nice indeed you do the 35 justice :)

azam650 Oct 29, 2010 5:38 PM

Thank you so much for the comments from members whose opinion I really respect. Wish the cat was mine, but it was a resident of the B and B where we were staying. The bird shot was taken super quickly while it was perched on our table eating the sugar packet - you can see the grains in its beak. Next thing I want to learn is about metering different parts of the scene for better exposure - here is an example of a shot that didn't work! I just didn't know what to do.

Wizzard0003 Oct 29, 2010 6:32 PM

Wonderful series...

The bird was great for a quick shot...! :)

Coongoola Oct 29, 2010 8:25 PM

Great shots Azam,

Thanks for sharing, I've used the spot focus also, as suggested by Sarah.


BackyardPermaculture Oct 30, 2010 7:52 AM

Azam, these are really, really nice!

You say you used spot metering; what did you actually meter against for those white flower shots? I think that for white content you will usually end up underexposed (and for black, overexposed) if you spot meter the white/black. For a flower, I believe it would be better to spot meter from the green leaves, then less need for PP.

In saying that, it's something I'm trying to learn myself...

azam650 Oct 30, 2010 8:14 AM

Thanks Mick! Actually I always aim for the flower, no matter the colour. LOL. It hadn't occurred to me until I read your post that leaves would be better. I still don't understand totally about metering (I just put it on that setting) and probably spot FOCUS as the primary objective to get the flower I want. I would have used P mode and AF macro I think.
How would you spot meter from the leaves?

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