point and shoot

snowdrop

The problem with flower photography at this time of year is that most of the blooms are down at ground level. Yesterday I noticed that we had some snowdrops open under the fir tree, and I wanted to try to get some closeups, so I kneeled down and tried to peer through the viewfinder with my head nearly on the ground. I got a few shots, but then decided to try something different: I turned on the autofocus (which I don’t often use), put the camera on the ground, pointed it at the flower, and let the camera zoom in by itself. When the lens was extended enough that it seemed to be focussing on the right thing, I clicked the shutter. I got some terrible pictures this way, but also some rather cool ones. And I love just how much bigger than life that snowdrop is.

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