Up till now, I've been taking pictures using the automatic settings on the camera. But it's got all these other fancy-schmancy settings and button and wheels and levers and whatnot, and I don't know what they're for and how they work. So I booked myself onto a photography course, and learnt all about F stops and ISO and shutter speeds and what-have-you.
Of course, I promptly forgot the lot, but fortunately there's a website where I can remind myself of what it all was. Anyway, the upshot of all this is that I now use my camera on the M (for "manual") setting, and adjust the other settings myself according to the conditions. So goes the theory...today we went out and took it for a first test run. It was a cloudy day, so not the ideal bright sunshine which has probably been the cause of my good photography so far. We went up to Zealandia once again, and photographed some of the bird life there:
|Fantails are notoriously hard to photograph|
The kakas do stay still enough to get some good shots...
|A takahe - one of two resident at Zealandia. Beautiful plumage!|
|A black cormorant|
|A grumpy cormorant|