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Old Sep 18, 2012, 4:46 PM   #1
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Today I took Saly’s advice - and prised the mode dial from “iA” over to the [P] setting! The subject was my neighbour’s Passion Flower plant. I took 9 photos of it.

Two didn’t make the grade - the remaining seven I am very pleased with. I have viewed them on my PC in standard view - and enlarged them - and I’m still pleased with them! I don’t think I have had so many “successful” shots in one session!

So the iA is a no-no now! Thanks for the advice given.

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Old Sep 18, 2012, 7:52 PM   #2
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Good for you Micawber!!! This is a gorgeous shot, wow. Well done. I stayed in P mode for a long time and just now starting to experiment with M and A, but P is still my favorite mode
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Thank you for your comments - much appreciated. Of course, the downside to the discovery of this new “mode” means that I’ve now got to take more photos - even if I’m not in the right “mood”!
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Very nice shot of the passionflower. We have a more pinkish purple here.

If I may add, in addition to P mode, set the metering to spot metering. That way, with the slightest shift in the focus area, you will know how the picture changes - the result is dramatic when the frame has huge difference in light from one area to another.

For this example, you will see the difference when the spot focus is changed from the center white portion to the green leaves or to the open area in between. Giving enough room, you can always recompose in editing.

Another example would be a building with a sky background. Aim the focus at the building, you will see the sky turning white. Aim the focus at the sky, you will see the sky turning blue but the building getting dark. Slowly shift the focus to an area in between where to get a good exposure of both the building and the sky. And improve in PP. I have been doing this way.

Sorry if I bored you!

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Well done Micawber.

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Old Sep 19, 2012, 8:53 AM   #6
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Wow, that is a beautiful photo! I generally use the "P" setting on most of my photos, as well, & spot metering.
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Raghu: Bore me? No way! I am very appreciative of all the comments and kindness in offering me advice.

I have printed out the tips offered . . and will bring them into use. Now all I’ve got do is find an interesting subject - and hope the weather keeps reasonable - as here in the UK - autumn is creeping up on us!

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One more tip, always pay attention to the background. A beautiful subject can get lost in a busy and ugly background. This shot has a nice green background which is pleasant against the flower.
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