After weeks of rain we finally woke to clear skies and sunshine and I headed out back to catch the sunrise in the garden.
While thus loitering in my bathrobe a male Anna’s Hummingbird showed up ready for breakfast quite unafraid. Excited, I snapped his picture using the Automatic Exposure mode on my fancy (to me) camera.
Now it so happens I’m taking a photography class and should be practicing the Manual Exposure mode. And it also happens that the instructor recently showed us pictures he’d taken of hummingbirds, along with the manual settings he’d used. I knew the hummers would be there a while so I ran inside to refer to my notes – there’s no time like the present to practice.
A whiz. A blur. A flash of color. Swoop. Hover. Drink. Soar. Return.
It was satisfying.
Not that I won’t use automatic mode again. Learning can be slow and it’s always easier to stay with what’s fast and familiar. But I do want to understand how it works and what my choices are, and when I might want to do something differently; so that setting aperture, shutter speed and ISO become second nature. The class is helping with that.
In the meantime what could be better than practicing on hummingbirds in your garden?