Sunday, September 12, 2010

Snappy September - Day Twelve - Playing with Camera

Last year Love Chunks and Sapphire gave me an SLR camera for my birthday. It replaced my twenty one year old Canon 'sure shot' that I won on 'Wheel of Fortune' back in 1988 when my hair was big, my waist was small and Love Chunks was merely some friend of my brothers' he was sharing a rather ramshackle, testosteroney house with in Mile End.

As for the magnificent new camera, yet it's approaching a year and I haven't read the 'big' manual yet, just the pocket-sized one and no, the big hard-cover book titled 'Fundamentals of Modern Photography' by Tom Ang is resting unobtrusively in the shelf where it is likely to remain undisturbed for a longer time still.

Instead, I like to play.

I'll never be a gardener but I'll always love the stuff I find in them.


Vanessa said...

Lovely photos. You have combined two of my passions, photography and gardening. What type of camera is it?

Kath Lockett said...

It's a Canon SLR EOS 450D. LC and Sapphire chose it for me (and it took 'em ages, they tell me) and what I love about it is that it's easy to figure out without having to read the manual.

Elisabeth said...

For someone who's just playing, these photos are marvellous, more like professional's job to my eye.

You underestimate your talents, Kath.

River said...

Beautiful photos Kath, and I'm so jealous that you've managed to capture a bee on camera. I've never been able to do that.

Plastic Mancunian said...

G'Day Kath,

Some very nice photos there for somebody who is "playing with" a camera.

We had our new wonder camera swiped in Iceland and I am desperate to replace it.

The most irritating thing is that I took a few fabulous snaps too that will be lost forever.




nuttynoton said...

great photos, isn't digital photography amazing you can take loads and just get rid of the poorer ones. My eldest daughter loves taking photos of flowers and plants and some are quite good. She also lokes to take photos of shoes! Not in shops but her own feet and shoes left in place, like the great ocean road, holcomb beack Norfolk the UK and others!! I suspect she gets her strangeness from her dad!

Kath Lockett said...

Thanks Elisabeth - I think the human just has to find the right 'angle' and the camera does all the rest

River, the bumble bee was taken at Port Arthur (in the gardens of the Chaplain's cottage). They look so cute compared to our nastier, slimmer version.

Plasman, it's awful that your camera was swiped, esp on holiday because you and Mrs P can't wander out to a park in Manchester and pretend you're in front of the the ikgligligoligligligligll (spell check needed) volcano, can you?

Shoes is a great idea, nutty - sounds a bit like modern art to me.

Kath Lockett said...

Ooops that should be shoes 'are'.

Sapph and I have been commenting on how many black box televisions are out on the footpath for 'hard rubbish' week and she wanted to make an art wall with them all, as a statement on how we've now all got flatscreen plasmas and need to rethink our spending habits - perhaps my urban 4WD rants have penetrated further than I thought....

Helen said...

Lovely photos! The one of te rose is really beautiful, and the bee is so cute :)

franzy said...

Ah - the macro button! You and I, Kath. We know the power of high definition petals and wings.

My new favourite button is the black and white button - it seriously makes everything look completely meaningful and artistic.

I'm thinking of holding an art exhibition by just leaving the black and white button on for a few rolls and printing the results big. No selection necessary. No cropping. Just black frames and some reasonably inaccessible jazz.
I'm going to be a millionaire!