My Summer Photography Spree

Summer is pretty much over, I guess. With all the biking I've done - and biking is what I love to do in the summer - there just hasn't been time left to post here. Not that anyone seems to have missed me. There have been a few visitors - hello! - but no comments. Not even on my nifty new welcome page pano. I do love those colors. I'm going to leave that on there.

Checking my Pages to-do list, I see there are quite a few things on it. I'll try to catch up, but I also need to spend some time editing photos. It's great fun, but very time-consuming.

I live in Sweden, as the images prove, and the beauty of Södermanland is a never-ceasing inspiration to me. If I could afford it I would love to travel, but here - at least in the summer - I get my fill of beautiful landscape imagery (in the winter, I just freeze). This year, I got lots of practice with my new cameras. It's been so much fun.

In my last post - was it really May?? - I spoke of the Manual setting, finally figuring out what I had been missing. I've been using it ever since, getting great results. Of course, digital photography has the wonderful advantage of allowing for easy experimentation, at least when the subjects are not moving. It makes good sense to do multiple exposures at different settings, just to make sure.

Previously I said "why not stay in bracketing mode for safety, even when you don't have HDR processing in mind for the shot", but it turns out that isn't always practical. Many cameras, it would seem, cannot do bracketing in Manual mode, forcing you to choose automatic (this is the case with the Canon S100, the camera I use on bike trips). HDR experts insist that it makes good sense to use bracketing when shooting high-contrast subjects (which good-weather photos tend to feature), and they do have a point. This summer, however, I seem to have veered away from HDR a bit. A topic for a separate post, I think, once I'm finished editing.

But yes, it's true! Finally, I am really happy about digital photography! I get it now, thanks to shooting manual. It gives me both the freedom and the control I want. Of course, owning a professional camera again - digital this time - helped! Acquiring the Dynax 7D has made an even more profound difference than I imagined it would. The other cameras are terrific, but this is the Real Thing. I used to tell myself: "Aren't you glad you don't have to haul all that heavy, bulky, expensive stuff anymore?" Well, it's true, only carrying the S100 is enormously liberating, and it's a technical marvel. But the 7D is just so much more fun to work with, now that I've gotten used to it. Yesterday I hauled it, along with a big tripod and three lenses, all over Torshälla, and had a grand time.

So, photos are coming up very soon, and other stuff too. By the way, some time ago I added all my old blog posts to the Legacy Weblog, images and all! At least that's one off the list.