Wildflowers!

March 11: Meeting of the Mariposa Photo Club.

During the February Photo Share presentation, two of the photographs I took last month of Historic Mariposa County were shown alongside photographs from several professionals.  I felt excited, but quite inferior.  My images looked okay when viewed on a computer monitor, but they did not transfer well to the big screen: the cropping was wrong and the images themselves weren’t as sharp as I hoped they’d be.

Lupine.  Taken on the Stewartville Trail, March 2015.

Lupine found on the Stewartville Trail in Antioch, CA. March 2015.

After the meeting I spoke with club member Rose (not her real name), a professional photographer.  During our conversation I think she realized how inexperienced I am.

Yellow Field Mustard found on the Star Mine Trail, Antioch, CA.  March 2015

Yellow Field Mustard found on the Star Mine Trail, Antioch, CA. March 2015

She taught me a little about my point-and-click camera.  “It’s shoot, point-and-shoot,” she corrected me.  “Oh!” I replied, a little embarrassed.  “There’s a setting–a flower icon–that I think means use when photographing flowers,” I said excitedly since April’s photo assignment is wildflowers.  “I use my flower setting a lot while hiking,”  I mentioned.

Cherry Blossom on my parents' tree in Antioch, CA.  March 2015.

Cherry Blossom on my parents’ tree in Antioch, CA. March 2015.

Rose cringed and taught me that the flower icon is a universal symbol meaning the camera is in macro mode.  It is used for photographing subjects with magnified results—such as close ups of flowers.

Mariposa Lily, image taken May 2014 along my road.

Mariposa Lily found near my home. May 2014

Rose talked quickly about other things.  I tried to take notes: optical zoom versus digital zoom, megapixels, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and Canon versus Nikon.  My head was swimming and I felt overwhelmed.

Fireweed, image taken July 2014 at

Fireweed found on the Bridalveil Creek Trail in Yosemite. July 2014.

Not to mention during the meeting I volunteered to be the club’s webmaster.  Something else to learn!  Here’s a link to the website

Blue Dick growing wild in my yard, image taken March 2015.

Blue Dick growing wild in my yard. March 2015.

I will be happy if I can learn one thing per month about photography or my camera.

Blooms on a tree near my home.  Image taken March 2015.

Blooms on a tree near my home. March 2015.

If I can take two good photographs per month I will be really happy.

Grassnut (or Ithuriel's Spear) found on the Star Mine trail in Antioch, CA.  March 2015.

Grassnut (or Ithuriel’s Spear) found on the Star Mine trail in Antioch, CA. March 2015.

You’ve been viewing some of the wildflowers I’ve photographed using the flower setting the macro mode on my point-andclick shoot camera.  They’re still not as sharp as I’d like, so maybe it’s time for a camera upgrade.

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4 thoughts on “Wildflowers!

  1. Very nice photos, Janet! The colors are beautiful!! I don’t think I’d be too far off by saying professional photographers like to shoot their pictures in the “RAW” format to get those crisp photos and “process” them using software like Adobe Lightroom. Anyway, I’ll check out your website! Excited for you and your new adventures!!

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    • Thanks, Anna. I think you’re right about Photoshop. I was told by one of the club members that Photoshop was more important to have than a good camera. I have a lot to learn still.

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