I love how the bougainvillea seems to dance in the light in this picture taken at 1/10. I know the sky is totally overexposed, but I still like the effect. When the sky was properly exposed (at 1/400), the branches were completely dark. The pictures are "straight out of the camera" with the only correction being for sharpening.
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And then, just as I finished typing this all up, the sun came out! I decided to continue my lesson, this time playing with my apple tree out back. Here's the sky properly exposed at 1/500:
I took three photographs from underneath - at 1/800,1/80 and 1/15. You'll see that I couldn't set a shutter speed to get both a pretty blue sky and colorful apples. If there was enough light for the apples, there was too much light for the sky!!! Again, this may be old hat to other folks, but it was a real learning experience for me!
The last thing I did was to take a couple of shots looking across the horizon, instead of directly into the sky. I was able to get better color on both the apples and skies when doing this. Here's two shots - one at 1/800 and one at 1/500:
Again, these are straight out of the camera, with only sharpening applied. I think of all the apple shots, the last one is my favorite, although I do kindof like the dreamy quality of the one taken at 1/15 (and don't mind the color distortion too much). I took all these in shutter priority mode; Shimelle had other things to suggest about shooting completely in manual, but I'm not quite ready to go there yet. It seems the more I learn about my camera (and photography in general), the more there is to learn! On the upside, I'm thinking that if I continue to learn at this rate, I can convince myself that I've "outgrown" my current camera and can justify an upgrade at Christmas time!