The other day I took to the great outdoors to snap some pictures. I had two stops planned: a local cemetery (with some local Flickr mates) and some sunset shots through trees at a spot not far from my house. While sitting at the cemetery waiting for the others to arrive I spent a few minutes on the phone with my local camera shop guy, Alex. He suggested that while I was out shooting, Autumnal colours in part, I might want to play and experiment with the monochrome setting built into my Canon 40D. Furthermore he suggested I mix things up a bit with the various filter and tone settings within the monochrome set-up.
Don’t get me wrong…..I like experimentation. But I usually prefer experimentation to come with a bit of fore-knowledge. You know…some sense that I have a partial idea of what the hell I’m doing with the various settings, etc. and what will be the outcome of such experimentation. This is because when you don’t know what the devil you’re doing one winds up with things like this
which is a monochromatic picture that is…..well…..monochromatic. Exciting stuff, eh? Maybe colour makes more sense in this situation anyway?
I haven’t yet had time to go through my much more numerous images from the cemetery shoot, but I have looked at them as off-camera JPEGs just to have an idea of what I have for my efforts. During the course of my perusal I discovered something unusual: I had more pictures I wanted to KEEP than I wanted to toss.
Is this possible? How could this be? Who are you and what happened to the real Mark? Yeah, really and truly strange. I don’t yet know what this means either. I don’t know if it means I really need to go through them more carefully and then I will find plenty more to discard or if this could possibly mean I actually took more care of what and when I actually snapped the shutter release. Or maybe it’s a bit of both?
Perish the thought mind you. We cannot have this sort of thing, now can we?