Last week I spent some time getting to know my camera a little better. The only thing that disappointed me about this exercise is that I waited so long to do it. I watched a few online videos that are perfect for the novice photographer as they are certainly not mind blowing in terms of content. But, I learned a lot of about adjusting aperture, ISO, shutter speed and white balance and the experience has left me feeling more confident and capable with my camera.
I took a few practice shots at the Rosengarten, which you’ve seen quite a bit of on both this blog and my Instagram. As if the overwhelming number of pictures taken there isn’t confirmation enough, let it be known that we spend a lot of time there. It’s literally directly across the street from our apartment and makes for a great place to hold picnics, happy hours, date nights and casual afternoon bocce ball tournaments. It is home to 220 types of roses, 200 species of irises and moor beds and contains at least 20 different types of rhododendrons. Azaleas, crocuses, daffodils, flowering trees and many other flora and fauna can also be found there (along with a very cool capoeira club that spends a lot of time “free-styling”).
To note, I have a Canon EOS Rebel t41 and have been shooting with a Canon EF-S 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens. I also have a 50 mm lens that shoots great close-ups and detail shots. If you have any suggestions or tips I would love to hear them!