My white balance was set on auto instead of cloudy which I have found also makes a difference in my contentment of my pictures outdoors, though I am fairly happy with this SOOC shot of Sunflower.
|1/1250 f/1.8 50mm ISO 100|
Now back to my originally scheduled programming. We saw many, many pumpkins at the zoo Saturday. Here is my SOOC shot for Shoot and Edit. I had one identical whose framing I liked better, but the focus was not as sharp. So I'm choosing the one I will need to crop, but has all the elements I need to make it what I want.
|1/800 f/1.8 50mm ISO 100|
We were greeted at the entry with pumpkins:
But the most fun for the boys was the professional pumpkin carver. Who knew that was a job option?
We were supposed to go meet Dad and Sunflower inside for lunch (Sunflower needed the bathroom), but we lost track of time. The boys watching the carving, and I taking pictures of all the pumpkins around.
Finally Daddy and Sunflower did come find us and we had lunch and then finished the zoo. Only to find a few more pumpkins at the end of the day. By then my camera battery had given out on me--it only lasted 1500 pictures (plus the 150 at home). Well really.
So I used my old camera...A Panasonic DMC-FZ3 3mp camera...a very good camera for it's time. But I do want to gently suggest that the next time someone says "your camera takes good pictures" please ask them how old their camera is before giving them a lecture about food and ovens. (Not that I don't agree, but some people really do just have horrible cameras that are limiting their ability to ever become good photographers.) I used the manual settings to try and creatively compose my shots, but changing settings is beyond awkward. My old camera does have a really fast shutter speed compared to other cameras 7 years old, but I had to run significant noise reduction to deal with the noise produced on ISO 200. In fact, I'll first show you a SOOC shot so you can see.
|1/200 f/2.8 7.5mm (yes, I don't know what that is compared to dSLR) ISO 200|
Anyway, after color boosting, cropping, and noise reduction, I was able to produce a reasonable shot.
Have a fantastic Monday! I plan to...after I fold 8 loads of laundry since we were busy, busy, busy all weekend. Being productive is a joy in and of itself...no matter the task, right?