On our recent visit to California, I spent a couple of hours at the Oakland Bonsai Garden taking pictures. Since photography is a new pursuit, I find it easier to take pictures of objects because they stay put. The enclosed Bonsai Garden closed minutes before I arrived, but there were some lovely flowers in the adjacent community garden facility. I used the photo editing program that came on my computer to create the blurred background in the photo below. My semantics are probably all wrong, but I don’t know photospeak.
I have been playing with foreground and background focus. I took a bunch of photos with different aperture settings, and I couldn’t tell any difference between them, but I had luck just taking the camera and putting it very close to the foreground objects to create some parts that were out of focus, some that were in.
I wandered across some ducks in a pond, so I played with shutter speed to capture motion. These ducks were fun to shoot, although I didn’t capture motion the way I envisioned. Gotta start somewhere.
Taking photos has made me notice much more than I have in the past. I might need to learn to balance viewing life through the lens with actually being in the scene. I say this because I took approximately five million pictures on the California trip. That’s a topic for another blog. For now, I hope you are having a happy Saturday.