Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Idiot Proof

"Idiot-proof," she said. The assistant manager of the camera store described the green mode setting of the Pentax K20D this way.
Good. That's what I need. I can take my time and learn about the shutter and aperture priorty settings later. I can set the ISO if I want. I can set it to manual focus it if I like.
I can pretend it's a fully manual SLR. That's going to be fun someday. For now I like the fully automatic idiot-proof setting. It lets me take adequate pictures while getting used to the feel of the new camera.
I bought a lens for it that is so sharp and clear I swear I can get the expression on the faces of the insects in the flowers I've shot.
It'll be great, I thought. I can't go wrong.
Oh, how wrong I was.




If you're curious, that's a brown-headed cowbird along the shore Water Fowl Lake in Banff National Park. It was the point of the picture


Hilary said...

But aren't they beautiful pine needles?

You'll get the hang of the focus.. and then look out!

I love that self-portrait. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Well, okay the pine needles are beautiful.

I don't know what distracted me when I took that.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Too funny!

You're way ahead of me... our camera has all these automatic settings with little icons, but I don't use it often enough to remember what they stand for. I just have to hope that when the Lobster used it last it was for a similar kind of picture. I just point and shoot and hope for the best.

Pathetic, I know.

Leah J. Utas said...

Crabby, I'm used to the Nikon FM I've had for 28 years. I understand it. This fully automatic digital thingy is too much for my poor bwain to deal with, but it's fun. I'll be practising.

Missicat said...

Nice needles! I am impressed,I have trouble with the "point and shoot"...

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks so much, Missicat.

the Bag Lady said...

Ah, the idiot-proof camera.... I can totally relate. I keep forgetting to check what my little video camera is set on. I do the "quick, get the camera" thing, then end up with a photo so fuzzy, it's pathetic. Sigh.

Leah J. Utas said...

Eventually I'll learn to check things properly before I shoot. And I'll be sensible and delete the mistakes.

Reb said...

I agree with Hilary, the needles are so clear and the colour seems to be really accurate. (Spruce isn't it?)

I still have trouble with the automatic wanting to focus somewhere I don't want it too - pfhht!

Love the new camera though and the self-portrait is wonderful!

Leah J. Utas said...

On the whole it is a really good photo of the branches.

I have to practice more with autofocus.
The self-portrait was fun. I can use autofocus on a point and shoot.

Thomma Lyn said...

You'll get the hang of it! Sounds like a super-cool new camera. :)

And I love your self-portrait, too! :)

My internet has been down all day. Been up and down a lot lately. Hopefully a change we made today will make things better.

Leah J. Utas said...

TL, it is. I looked at Nikons for sentimental reasons, but my husband was quite taken with this one and thought it ought to be the one we get.
There's a lot to learn, especially for someone used to a fully manual 35mm.
Sorry to hear about your internet service. Hope it's all sorted out now.

To all who liked the self-portrait, thanks. It really was fun.