Learning about my camera

I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to learn everything about my little camera, in particular how to extend the tonal range it captures. Dsc03637
I haven’t been very happy with it: the highlights tend to get too white and shadows too black. They lack detail, even with some Photoshop doctoring. I now understand all of the settings on the camera. I don’t know if I’ll ever be entirely satisfied with it. In reality in this vertical picture the sun was a brilliant ball framed by the tree branches and the haze was not so heavy. The camera has compressed the highlights so there is little differentiation.

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However, I’m not willing to burden myself with lots of equipment, and I can’t see to focus an SLR. I’ll stay with the point and shoot.

This morning I went out walking alone, again. Since I had been to Frick Park yesterday I just walked down Reynolds and over to Mellon Park.

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It’s a shorter route so I didn’t get as much exercise, but the day was heating up quickly and I find this heat really debilitating. I took these pictures in Mellon Park. Dsc03643
The haze is accentuated in the pictures; it wasn’t quite that strong. I liked the play of light and shadow in an otherwise not very inspired landscape. I took the flower photo because I wanted to see whether I would get detail in the white blossom. The green is reasonable; the white is off the chart. I can probably fix it, but this is the unedited photo, taken without flash.Dsc03645

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