I started trying to learn to shoot in manual last September. I'd never used any setting on my dial that fell north of the lil' green square, and actually because I didn't appreciate the different settings I rarely used anything like Portrait or Landscape either. You know, I had a camera that took good pictures.
Wow, it's been 11 months! After looking through my pictures I was feeling sort of down and like I haven't improved much, but then I remembered that it's because I'm trying to pick a picture that I haven't shared before, and I've shared all of my best with you all! Also I realized that I am very self-conscious about saying "Look how far I've come!" and then putting up some pictures that do not indicate coming a long way :-) I'm still a chronic underexposer. Still have a hard time composing interesting shots. But at least I have lost my self-consciousness and gladly will be the weirdo taking a picture of something random. Sometimes it pays off.
So, then: 2009, my first day really shooting on manual, I took these two pictures:
And now: In June of this year I took this one (while watching the parade at Ryukyu Mura--it pays to have that birder's instinct to always be looking in the bushes!).
And in April this year I took this one:
Sorry, Courtney, I've been out of the loop for so long that I had to post multiple pairs of pictures ;-) And I realize that these pictures are absolutely huge but I am too tired to go back and change them.
I'm not really looking for critiques today so I won't list my long line of my own critiques for these last two. I have them, and I'm setting them aside for today to celebrate and be grateful to live in the digital age of endless free pictures, camera technology that's getting cheaper and cheaper, and a husband who brings home the bacon so I can do things like take pictures of our Good News Girl all day long.
Go see what everybody else has learned at the website that is solely responsible for my progress in the last year!
And now, we're probably going to lose power any minute. Thank you, Typhoon Muifa.