After unsuccessfully trying to take pictures of birds through trees while camping last week, I decided I need to learn how to use my camera on something other than the auto setting! Since it was super sunny today, I played with aperture and took pictures of hot coloured flowers in my Edmonton garden. I wasn’t that adventurous and just left the ISO setting on ‘auto’ – gotta start somewhere!! And I didn’t use any tools, filters, reflectors or post-processing besides cropping them, just so I could see what the differences were.
Below: Red poppy in front of heliopsis in the Front Courtyard Garden. Left photo was taken at f/4, hence the blurry background. Right photo was taken at f/11. No noticeable difference in colours. Both at ISO 100.
Below: Paprika rose in front of blue sea holly in the Front Courtyard Garden. Oops, left photo at f/5 has too short a depth of field! But the colour is richer than the right one, which was taken at f/11. On the right, the camera adjusted to ISO 160.
Below: Daylily ‘Frans Hals’ in the Sunset Garden. Taken at f/4, ISO 100.
Below: Another daylily in front of scarlet runner beans and kale in the veggie garden. Left to right: f/4 with the blurriest background, and no real difference between f/9 and f/11. All ISO 100.
Below: Some beautiful begonias in a pot in the side garden, taken at f/11, which I can see is probably the safest if I want everything in focus! This was actually in the shade and the camera adjusted to ISO 400.
Below: On the other hand, I do like this “portrait” of a canna lily better taken at f/4, on the left, because the veronica in the background is more out of focus than at f/11. Both ISO 100.
Well, there you have it. Now I’m waiting for clouds.
Clockwise from top left: arugula, beets, & kale; scarlet runner beans, strawberries, raspberries, Saskatoon berries.
Above: Plus the Evans cherries are almost ripe!
The veggie garden area at my old house in Calgary was called ‘England’, so this one in my new-to-me Edmonton backyard is, of course, ‘New England’!!
Last year I planned out the raised bed size,
and then in the winter I decided on a round lawn in front of it, with a little sitting area where the evening sun lasts longest:
I’m very happy with it! Raised beds make a veggie garden much easier to maintain, and less grass also makes me happy. The dark mulch also helps the shape of the lawn stand out better. Here’s one more photo a little closer in:
Plus I am still eating lots of lettuce and arugula, although they’re both almost finished now. How about you?
The onions are covered with bees all day long: