Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The last peony

I am still enamored of photography. I found I have a little program called paint, a pale imitation of Photoshop, but despite its simplicity, I can't use it. So I am thinking, just do what you can do, which is take pictures. Above, my try at a peony picture that is not too sentimental, for the background flower is browning. Both are hanging, as they do, sometimes flopping right down on the ground after a rain so they look like a petticoat thrown there.

I have a nothing-much digital camera bought in 2003 (!) so I imagine the technology is much better. I would especially like to lose the gap after your press the shutter, before it takes the picture. This is fatal to pictures of the grandson, and it makes even photographing a peony more difficult, because I have a little tremor (and can't find the tripod). It has a macro feature as well as an adjustable close-up, and I don't know what the difference is, though I use both of them. But they are far from the zoom capability a lot of people have.

I got my hands on a book about digital photography that told me, Know what you're taking the picture for. I knew my constant spill of pictures of my grandson, that is about capturing a reminder of the moments of his growing up.

The other thing I do with pictures now is post them here. I think the best kind of picture for the blog is close and simple, because the picture is small. Above is all the closer I could get to the peony, 4 inches. At that distance you smell it perfuming the air around it. It continues to do that in a vase in the house. And when the flower dies, I strew the petals on newspaper to dry. Later, sitting in a bowl, they continue to release their sweet, innocent fragrance.

1 comment:

  1. Canon makes a series of inexpensive cameras that don't have the annoying lag (the 195 I think) You can find them online through Amazon or locally at (shudder} Staples. One of the best things about digital cameras is that there's no film, why know what you're taking the picture for? Point and click. Decide later. Wasted bits evaporate harmlessly and don't cost anything.