I was outside at lunch today, nice and sunny after a number of rainy days.
Instead of setting out walking like usual, I stopped and just looked through some of the new green just starting in the lawn. I found these teeny tiny little flowers that I would have just passed on by without knowing any different otherwise.
This is Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), it's actually a weed that grows in the lawn. I've seen it around but had to look it up to find the name.
(Above settings: F-stop: f/11; Exposure time: 1/800 seconds; ISO-800; Focal length 39mm; using a 13mm extension tube, picture is cropped, taken in bright sunlight, no flash.)
(Above settings: F-stop: f/11; Exposure time: 1/800 seconds; ISO-800; Focal length 43mm; using a 13mm extension tube, picture is cropped significantly, taken in bright sunlight, no flash.)
I've been playing around with my camera even more, reading up again about shutter speed, f-stop and ISO and playing with these in different light settings.
Today I was messing with this in low-light in a room and learned something about my camera specifically, that the Auto Focus setting will sometimes not allow me to take pictures at all if the camera thinks that the picture will turn out too dark - so I couldn't take any photos in low light with a long exposure time until I figured this out, then changed either to manual focus or to a different auto-focus mode that prioritizes taking the photo even if the settings are not ideal.
I can tell I am getting a more intuitive feel for how the settings interact with each other. It's making it easier to choose better settings quickly when I want to take a photo.