Flying solo with a flower flaunt

There is a ‘secret garden’ in Regents Park which is neither readily visible, nor hard to find if one looks closely enough. I visited on a day that was far from ideal for photography, with mediocre mid-day lighting and a random breeze.

Nevertheless it was a quiet place and one in which I could relax enough to practice with my camera off auto mode. For even the camera does not get it right if the conditions are not ideal – as in this lack of sky capture:-

the secret garden - Regents Park
Escaping the clutches of the auto mode

At first I thought I’d stick with the Aperture priority setting* (middle image) since I tend to drown in the mystery of iso, f stops etc. I only went deeper into the obfuscation of the camera with the aid of an auto setting and then switching to manual, in order to copy and adjust the parameters. ( A behaviourist learning model when finally the penny drops as to what effects which changes have when viewed in outcome).

All worked quite well in the relatively well-lit areas of the low borders when foliage is a unified mosaic of shape, texture and shadow.

But blooms all cry out for individual attention and the Black-eyed Susies were so eye-catching that I lost  focus. Hence I veered too far to the right on this first image in my attempt to include the companion planting of black velvet petunias. After a few attempts, I gained a better eye for framing the multitudes whilst the  ‘Awakening’ sculpture required much experimentation with Iso settings. The happy outcome was set at 200.

And then hosts of Japanese anenome swept my lens into their albine light – too much as it turned out, since the auto capture on the right used a smaller aperture, faster shutter and lower Iso. That is all the difference between not so good and much better. One day I’m going to get the hang of this!

But here at least I can say that my own settings were an impovement on the automatic calculations when I opted to darken the exposure on this pink Japanese anenome.
pink Japanese anenomes
Prompted by Leanne Cole’s Beginners basics I’m encouraged to delve deeper into my Lumix G6 camera

Note to self:
* Aperture priority ( A on camera mode dial) enables adjustment of aperture value while the camera selects a shutter speed to match, thereby ensuring proper exposure. see Introduction to Aperture


13 thoughts on “Flying solo with a flower flaunt

  1. Thank you for sharing your forays ‘out of automatic’. I never dare to go there myself. (One day I’ll learn. Maybe). Also there’s something exciting about hidden corners in cities – makes them extra-special somehow.

    1. been hovering on the edge like a timorous swimmer (which I am!) so purchased Leanne Cole’s ‘beginners basics’ – affordable and well explained pdfs. So much so have signed up with local college for 6 week course in November to help print to memory. Jump in Tish!

  2. I so enjoyed working through manual settings with you in this garden! I mainly shoot on aperture priority, but I am working more toward full manual, too. Thanks for taking us along on this beautiful practice and for writing about it in a way that promotes trying and enjoying the challenge!

  3. I found myself settling on aperture priority with my previous camera Laura, though it didn’t give me the dizzying possibility of complete manual control. Now I use a fully automated camera that non the less has myriad excellent presets, and do my tweaking in post processing. One day I shall go for total control, in the mean time, I enjoyed sharing in your own adventures. Love that last shot.

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