Our camera is ready to go, but are we?

Note to self: before leaving on a trip learn how to use your camera.  

When we bought our camera, almost three years ago, we worked to master the basics and took ever so many photos practicing to get it down.  We took a trip to Iceland, snapped over 1,200 photos, and we were happy.  New camera. Good photos. We allowed ourselves to go on cruise control and stopped our learning process.  Hey, we were busy!


A photo snapped in Iceland soon after we purchased the camera.

We knew our camera could do so much more, if only we knew how. The other day we opened the on-line manual for the first time in well over a year.  We read and re-read the –(to us) vague instructions.  If only we could figure out what those words meant.  After putting our heads together, we finally deciphered the manual’s instructions.  We had unlocked the mystery of several basic tools of our camera.  Who knew our camera could do all that?

The sun shone brightly every day in Nelson (NZ), but, after a few days wait, the forecast called for overcast skies and, sure enough, we saw overcast skies moving over this lovely little town.  Photography day!  (Bright sunny days are not especially good for photography.) We dashed down to the Queens Gardens, a wonderful setting for trees, flowers, and birds.

Note to self: don’t always believe the weather forecast or your own eyes.

The overcast day rapidly transformed into a sunny sky just as our photo taking began in the garden.  Still, we did experiment with our newly acquired knowledge and tried to take enough photos so that the new camera tools would become second nature to us.




Taking a bath in the park fountain.

Taking a bath in the park fountain.


We’ve resolved to open the instruction manual on our camera more often to reveal those helpful hidden features.  We expect that, like travel, the instructions will give us a new perspective on what we’re trying to photograph.  We hope you will see evidence of that in our photos in coming days.

February 2014

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to Our camera is ready to go, but are we?

  1. Kathy Oshaughnessy says:

    Hi Beth and Joe! We are enjoying your adventures in NZ. You surely are camera masters now with these stunning images! The colors and textures you are able to capture are simply brilliant. Thanks for making a snowy CT day a little brighter!!

  2. icelandpenny says:

    It’s a good reminder to revisit the manual every year or so! We learn a certain amount, then it’s tempting just to freeze at that level, and forget or never realize the tool could do more for us. I’m glad you didn’t really need your new skills after all — but how nice to have them!

  3. Marti Weston says:

    It is wonderful to see your pictures! They provide such a grand window on your travels!

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