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Manual Macro Mission

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My body has had me on forced bed/sofa rest as I slowly recover from a major crash following my trip to the Zoo at the end of last month. The mini break was wonderful and worth the relapse but being so restricted drives me crazy.

Yesterday, despite being told to rest and behave by hubby, I rebelliously left the sofa to venture forth into the garden with my camera.

My chronic illnesses cause some debilitating and painful symptoms which sap my strength and stamina. In order for me to use my camera I had to use my tripod as holding it was too much for my weak arms. So, one hand on my stick I weaved unsteadily across the lawn, using my free arm to carry my light tripod, my camera hung around my neck ~ in hindsight I should have used my crutches as it would have been easier.

Sitting periodically on the wall along the back border I located myself by the buddleia. I set the camera on the tripod and decided to use flash and practice my photography in manual mode. Trying to capture critters in manual mode is damn hard, I usually use AV or Sport mode when attempting capturing bees and bugs. All I can say is using manual to capture movement such as in flight is nigh on impossible. I fired off bursts of images to trying  to capture the moment, although I had many blurred unusable images I did succeed in capturing a few.

I also love leaves, how they change, the colours, textures and shapes which draws me to them to photograph. I may be weird but my top subject material is critters, leaves & odd weeds, flowers & plants.

My experiment didn’t last long as my body starting having a tantrum on me causing me to shake and feel faint. Bullishly I fought it as long as possible but after half an hour in the garden I was beat. So, camera still on tripod cradled under one arm and stick been heavily lent, I reluctantly hobbled drunkenly back inside.

After a nap I loaded the images on my computer. First job was to delete the majority of images due to poor focusing and blur. What was left was rotated or cropped and saved.

I am reasonably happy with the resulting images because they are quite soft with some great colours, using the flash in daylight had actually helped pick up those colours.

I will continue to push myself and shoot in manual as I think it will challenge me and help me to understand the various settings more clearly. It is so easy to use the preset options and forget everything learnt via my past online study. So along with practicing in manual I will revisit my lessons as and when cognitive function allows.

So, here are my first attempt shooting in raw on manual setting with my macro lens. I hope you like them.



  1. Peteholmes

    I can’t see all of these as I am in a pub (me?) , but you absolutely have to use manual settings. not as a rule, I use auto all the time, but doing it manually gives a fundamental understanding of why auto works like it does and how to impose your own will on it, because its not always right,, by a long way. When Autumn comes and there are less chance s in the garden, try Stop frame animation. Make a cartoon! X

    10th August 2018
    • crazypurplemama

      That’s a awesome idea 🙂x

      10th August 2018

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