I am very talented at garden hose pics. I'm SO hoping for a Hose Catagory in the Photo Contest (hint, hint Dave). ps How come the pic never looks like what you see through the little window? Are there photo gremlins?
There are aparently photo gremlins dragging hoses in front of your camera when you take pictures, right? And I have the kind of gremlins that shake the lense or distort the focus so that my pics turn all fuzzy and barely recognizable. I am sure that there are a lot of different kinds of gremlins out there...
Ever since the advent of digital, I have become quite skilled!!! I even had a photo make it to Gardening By the Yard on HGTV!!!! The photo was selected from Dave's Garden postings, and permission to use it was properly sought. I wish my gardening skills were as good as my photography ones!
WAIT - did you just change the choices???? OMG - I am losing my mind!!!!!!!! I swear those options are not the ones I had to pick from. I would vote NOW for advanced lessons !!!!! I had previously chosen "other".
I have a wonderful digital camera that I have had for over 10 years. It uses standard floppy discs and has a 14X zoom. It can either be used as point-and-shoot with automatic settings, or can adjust aperture or shutter speed. I love it so much I bought a backup on E-Bay! I use it mostly for garden and bird photos and use the best pictures each year for limited edition calendars for family and friends. This year's calendar features weather pictures, last year was sparrows. One year I even had a fungus of the month, though birds and flowers are the usual topics.
I take tons of pics of my flowers and beds. I'm not that crazy about digital photography, but have bit the bullet on it, and I do like the 'delete' feature. I'm quite pleased with my Olympus Stylus 1010 - basically a point and shoot with a super macro feature. Don't plan on taking any classes - I try to teach myself something new on camping trips (lots of spare time) by dinking around with the camera. I miss photo albums.
I used to be a professional photographer so I have some experience but with the advent of digital cameras most of mine now are just point and shoot for keeping memories and cataloging the ever changing gardens.
I am intentionally trying to learn. I just only last year bought a digital camera, at the same time I bought a 50-year-old fixer-upper house. It's been invaluable to take pictures of appliances and walls and things before I take them apart, so that I have a good guide how to put them back together again. I'm going to try something similar with the yard (which is also a fixer-upper) this year: Last year I had all these scribbled diagrams of what is planted where, which only make sense to me and sometimes not even that. I'm going to try taking a photo of the bed, printing it plain paper, and marking it up.
I struggle with photos of plants for identification. To be fair, I think a lot of that is my eyesight. I am very very nearsighted, and now on top of that I need reading glasses. So aside from just getting the plant to hold still in the breeze, and getting the sun facing the right way, and a clean background with some kind of scale, there's a whole torturous ordeal of shifting glasses lenses to be able to focus and then review the photo. So if I were going to take a class or buy a book, I would want it to be "Botanical Photography for People with Bifocals".
Sign me up for that course, Realbirdlady...grin Batteries got stupid expensive for my Nikon, DH went out and bought rechargeables and a charger. With three of us with cameras it just made sense. He found a deal at WalMart...8 AA's and a charger for $20 . So much cheaper than the Lithium batteries he was using. Now we just take a pair of the lithiums along as back-up.
We bought a Pentax K20D (DSLR) and a couple of nice lenses in 2008. I'm pretty sure it knows how to take better pictures than I do, but I'm happy with my photos for the most part. At least with digital you can see the picture right away and if it's terrible, take another one. Digital has completely changed the way we take pictures since they are basically free (no film and processing to pay for) and we can throw away the bad ones (which we don't do as often as we should). So far we have taken more than 10,000 photos in a year and a half.
I like the digital cameras. Take some shots, go put them on the computer, if they are bad, you can go retake it.
I have hundreds of photos on my computer. I need to go through them & delete ones that are no good! I might have time some day!
I voted other.
I am a very amateur photographer. I only use the automatic settings, so far. But I was quite amazed last year when I had the opportunity to acquire a better camera. Even the point and shoot feature on the newer camera took 500% better pictures.
Mine is a Sony DSC-H50. One really neat feature that I use all of the time, is that the viewing screen comes away from the camera body and can be titled upward, so that you don't have to get low down on the ground to take shots. That one feature alone, has made for much better photos as I will take shots over and over until they are right, without having to keep getting up and down.
I voted "other" because I'm a combination of all the choices. Thanks to digital, I can now afford to take the 900 shots I need to get the one I wanted. I've been really happy with my point & shoots, and upgraded to a DSLR a couple of months ago. I still need to get the telephoto lens I want, but I'm learning how to use the camera, which is much smarter than I am!
Back up computer photos which are good--friend lost several yrs of pictures when the computer crashed. Still use film here, so skills are not bad on the camera which I focus. The one on its own is a worse photographer than I am.
New digital camera with faster recovery and a longer zoom. I love all kinds of photography, but especially birds! I should add that I only started taking lots of photos 12/08 with a new digital camera. I have a Sony Cyber-shot 1080/8.1 mp/10x.
I have a bridge camera - panasonic lumix fz35. I HAD a fz28 until we got robbed a few weeks ago. Thank goodness for home owners insurance!! I spent the last year getting to know the fz28 and learning (or trying to learn rather - short attention span) about photography to be able to better use the camera to it's full potential. I would LOVE to take some classes.
I should have voted 'Other' I guess.
I have training in Photography but more in the studio/wedding line... did it and hated it after a while.
All nature photographers should treat every shot as a learning experience...
There are just too many factors you are trying to bend to your will to know everything.
Just when you master one another rears it's ugly head... that's the challenge and the fun.
Gardening in many ways contains the same challenges and fun.
That said my camera definitely knows more than I do...
I trained on old no frills cameras and still generally shoot in that mode now.
The nice thing w/ Digital is I no longer have to spend endless hours in the darkroom.
What took hours to do can now be done in minutes... love that!
And on new equipment... well if anyone has a spare Nikkor 500mm f 4.0 lens... lol!
I might add that when I'm out sightseeing, strangers often approach me to ask if I'd take their picture. My daughter explained that I don't look like the kind of person that would run off with their camera. One couple had to tell me that I was holding the camera backwards! LOL
I need to take lessons. I have a very good point and shoot camera, but I just make snapshots. I am improving with practice but I really need to take lessons. The problem with that is that the lessons are 40 miles away and I can take Spanish here -- which I do with DH. So, I guess I am doomed to be a mediocre photographer. Oh well.
I crave an expensive camera and lenses, but I know I would have to learn all about focal lengths and f-stops and would have to take a class and practice a lot. Maybe I will just stick with point and shoot.
I like the digital camera and get lucky sometimes obtaining the pictures I have in mind. I think the picture Doug took is absolutely beautiful. Of course here I won't get pictures like that. Or maybe I will with this artic blast that has come down. Hey...we moved south for warmer winters. Well...shut my mouth...another hard freeze tonight!!!
All of my camera equipment got stolen. All $1000.00 worth of it. They broke into my car and trunk and took it. So I would like to replace the equipment with a good 35 mm camera. I like Canon with a 50mm lens, a wide angle, close up lens and a zoom lens. My Christmas list for next year. Til than I just have a small digital camera that sometimes works.
left Neb/Mn area after sittin thru the blizzard, to return home to south Tx, it's 40 degrees and I am still cold. Brrr. there were 6 ft drifts in York, Neb, but Grand Island where we waited for the gates to go up mostly kept blowing. Ran from LA,Ca across Vail Pass, chuckl, sat in Denver for Christmas. The plants are warm under the snows, and I am cuddled in a blanket to my nose, looking at the pics my digital cam takes n GLAD I am south, at least for the rest of the week. I browse thru the shots of my dbl pink confederate rose in bloom, mourn over the plants in the water pond that are waiting for warmer suns to return to life, and look again at the glorious beauty they gave me last year...they are enuff to cheer my heart with what I have
To be truthful I'd have to say that I absolutely hate being on either end of a camera. 99% of the pictures I take are of products that I'm selling on my websites (and I even hate having to take those.) So I voted "non-existent", but have no real desire to do anything about it.
My husband, on the other hand, is enamored of photography, but he is intrigued by light, shadow, strange angles, etc. He would likely be horrified if he produced a photograph that anyone else could actually identify -- so I think garden photography is out for him as well.
When I travel, my camera bag is bigger than my suitcase... I am a slave to my bag, drag it around everywhere and never let it out of sight. I am constantly making pictures, picture books on a web based company, and movies. I just bought an underwater camera and a digital video camera, you may call me utterly obsessed.
My garden is only this beautiful today, and my son is only this cute today, and my cats are only this cute today, :-) and so... I have to make 500 pictures a month, of which I keep about, hmmm, 100!
I have had Nikon SLRs since I got my first job and had disposable income! For a while I actually made some money doing natural photos of children, but then I switched to oil paintings instead. A few years ago I bit the bullet and bought a Canon G2 digital camera, but when I tried to photograph my art for my website I got a moiré effect from the texture of the canvas. Canon refused to acknowledge the problem although I found comments on the web about others who had experienced the same texture issues, so I ended up getting a Nikon D70, which I love and which has a moiré filter built in, apparently. I use it for photo shoots for portrait commissions and also to take lots and lots of pictures of my garden and my granddaughter, who is one of my favorite models. I've tried longer lenses for bird photography but I'm never happy with the results. Otherwise I'm very satisfied with my camera and my photos.
Well I got lucky for Christmas. The wife and two grown boys got me the exact camera I had been looking at and was going to purchase during the first quarter of the year. It's not a SLR but a Canon with a lot of the features that SLR's have so I'm happy. I still have the ole' Pentax 35 mm and a Mamiya 6x7 film camera that I can use if I really want to do something in a large format. I told them that since I did not have to spend the $380 on the camera now, I could buy $400 worth of plants come spring!!! The wife didn't think that was funny for some reason...
Dahlianut, we used to have a brick walk that we put in ourselves but alas, time, weather, and shifting sands made it truly precarious. So we actually contracted to have a yard guy make the current brick walk and patio for us. We do love the look! In the summer we can be found happily seated at the little table with a glass of DH's wine, surveying the garden. I've watched bluebirds and hummingbirds and butterlies flitting around. Very inspirational...The greenhouse is on the right.
FlipFlops, those are indeed tomato tripods beyond the patio. We make them out of bamboo poles and they work well.
I don't have anything to do with this website--but wanted to recommend them if you are a beginner as their tutorials are pretty good. If you just want to read up on techniques or learn something new, read your manual first--then check out this site.
Thanks, cactus. I can definitely use that tutorial. Just signed up for the Digital Photography class at the local branch of UNM. It hasn't made in the past and probably won't make this time either. Sigh. I am not eager to drive to Santa Fe for a digital photography class at night, but theirs always make and even fill up. Sigh. That tutorial may be the best I can hope for.
I was actually just at Nikon's site getting info for another DG'ers 30 year old 35 mm...
Just Google your make and model and the word Manual...
ALL the manuals for every thing in our house w/ one I have on a jump drive...
Love the tree picture. I have a picture of an oak tree that looks like its setting on a rock. Took it with a 35 mm camera. When I get my box of pictures shipped out from Calif, I'll take the negative down and have it along with other great plant pictures I've taken put on a disk so I can load them on my computer. I have pictures of that oak tree in full leave and in the winter dormant. Everyone gets the biggest laugh out of it.
My camera is better then my abilities. I usually take pictures of my flowers. They are ok. But, now I'm getting into
birds. Ugh!!!!! Most of my photos are awful for birds. I have a CanonSD950 IS. Maybe I just have to learn how to use it
better. It's a point and shoot.
Beautiful color rosebud. I lived in Union City/Fremont area for 11 years and grew beautiful hybrid tea roses...sigh!! No way I can grown them here.
My best friend lives in Hayward and we e-mail most days.
I just saw this today, ok I'm slow. JuneyBug apparently the gremlins have migrated over from S. Korea. My hoses manage to jump in the pictures here in Texas as well. And the hoses are in cahoots with dead leaves and trash blown in from I've no idea where, lol. My pictures are pretty to me and show off my pretty blooms to friends, neighbors and anyone I can shamelessly show off to.
Morganc, thanks for posting that lovely bee picture. You should end that in the DG photo contest in the fall. Actually those of you with your bird pictures should do the same. They are wonderful -- also the Thistle by the Mississippi.
When all else fails, read the instructions was my brother's motto, and I admit I pretty much heed that too. Some people (me) do better with "playing" rather than reading instructions. My grandmother could not read crochet instructions and follow them, but could look at a piece and and duplicate it. This is not to say she couldn't read, but just was adept at looking and copying something.
Me too. When I get a new camera I put it on automatic first and gradually figure out how it works, resorting to the manual only if intuition and fiddlind doesn't do the trick. I don't take classes in things, either. The pace of instruction really bugs me; there's so much I don't really need or want to learn about!
From time to time, I pull out the manual and focus on learning just one new feature. I practise that feature a lot and then it becomes routine for me. I always try to do this before taking a trip. I use the same technique with software programs. Trying to learn them all at once overwhelms me and if I don't use the features regularly, I forget how to.
I am not big on manuals either, but have been known to peek into them for features like macro ( close up for flowers.) I learned that there was such a thing as macro and what it was here on DG and then looked it up in my manual. Probably would have thought my camera wasn't good at closeups if it weren't for DG.
I rely on my granddaughter or sons to explain electronics and fix things like changing the time on my answering machine. I am embarassed to say my son had to show me the "play" button on my camera -- it was previously just hit or miss to view photos. Duh.
I'm a show me person at first also, then I will read a little of the manual. There are so many features on cameras and most electronics these days I need lots of help from my son, daughter and husband.
Not always; my son still asks me computer questions! His mind doesn't work that way and mine does! On the other hand my granddaughter shows me features on my iPod Touch that I haven't figured out. She has one, too.
These owls watched us all one afternoon while we were preparing a daylily bed. Although we walked back and forth underneath them, they didn't budge. I call this one "What do you think the humans are doing, George?"
Jean, very cool photo. I hear owls all the time in our back woods, but have never seen one. I've also never seen a squirrel, chipmunk, raccoon, or deer on our property - although I know they all live here. Weird. Or perhaps it says more about my eyesight...
[quote="morganc"] the kids know more than us...they are born cable ready![/quote]
Indeed they do. We bought the 5 yo GKids in the family digital cameras this year for $9.99 at Wal-mart that hold 120 pics and you can download to the computer. They take pics right and left like they have been doing it a long time.
We have determined that they are barred owls. Ours don't seem too shy. We see them sometimes actually sitting on our roof. Suppose we don't pose much of a threat to them so they aren't afraid to hang around. They have been around for a long time. We once had a workman here that used to live down the street years ago and he asked, "Do the owls still live around here?" Bonehead: you are lucky if the raccoons, squirrels, deer and chipmunks stay out of sight, but do they cause damage in your yard? We have all of the above, plus armadillos back in AR and last summer the deer ate just about everything in sight at our house. They particularly liked the hostas, hydrangeas and daylilies. An armadillo can make your lawn look like it has been bombed in one night. They don't eat plants but uproot them looking for grubs.
We used to have a lot of Armadillos in Mississippi, but I don't see many any more. Guess, some natural enemy is getting them. When there were loads of them all the neighbors were shooting them like crazy. Not me, though. I don' t shoot things. I just trap mice and rats and gophers. I don't hassle any other creatures.
Jean -- No, strangely enough, none of the critters do any damage that I am aware of. I know they all live around us - we're on 15 acres and I'm guessing they just have enough natural habitat to not feel the need to come into the yard. Plus we've always had a dog, usually mid to large size, and one or two barn cats. Now if only I could get a handle on the mole problem. We do have a neighbor rat terrior who actually catches them on occasion, and my boxer mix tries her darndest to imitate Rat-Boy, but I don't think she's as successful as the little guy with the pointy nose.
My son just sent me his old 35 mm Ricoh. He got a new digital camera for Christmas from his wife and her family. He says he knows its not the Canon that I wanted, but will it do for now. OF COURSE, it will do for now. With my new garden going in, I want to keep pictures of the work and progress. Been out all day cutting downed tree limbs to make a raised bed. Time to take a break and get something to drink, cola and eat an orange.