I left off my last post with the hopes that a few hours of shooting in the wildflower patch behind my house in Breckenridge CO would produce some great shots to share. It was windy, and mid-afternoon, so I was practicing my Auto Focus skills, Al Servo, focal points, and trying out the new 360-ball head on my tripod. Of course, I had 2 cameras ready - my Canon 60D outfitted with my 60mm macro on the tripod, and working on hand-held skills with my new Leica V-Lux 4 (ultra light, amazing camera).
So, here's what I learned once again. You can take a lot of time, a lot of shots, mess around with f's and ISO's etc and then you have to have the courage to admit THERE IS NOT ONE GOOD SHOT IN THE BATCH. I got a few shots that were close. Close would have been good enough last year when I thought anything pretty was a good shot. Now, the first thing I do once I upload to Lightroom is to see which if any survive the "is anything actually in focus" test at 100% size. Unless, of course, I intentionally blurred in which case the question has to do with whether the shot is remotely interesting.
I went back out this morning - very early light. Very little wind. Canon 60D-60mm macro. I took one shot and then it started to drizzle so I had to run inside. Wouldn't you know -- one shot and IMHO, it is ONE GOOD SHOT.
Here ya go - let me know what you think.
Next up on my practice list - trying to get a handle on water shots.