20 thoughts on “The Hissing of Summer Lawns (Joni Mitchell) 1

    1. Nia Simone and Ántonia Moran Post author

      Yes. I know, this isn’t a masterpiece, but might as well start with a low bar! LOL The problem I was having was my camera somehow got itself in a mode where it put the focus in a box on the bottom left, which was black, and so it wouldn’t take the picture. I waited for all three sprinklers to line up in front of the light, but the camera wouldn’t take it. By the time I got the shutter to go, only one was there. I have to read the manual before I go out again tonight! Find out why it’s doing an off-center focus.


      1. laurie27wsmith

        I wouldn’t make derogatory comments about your pics Nia. The focus on your Sony? I guess it would be like the Canon, a button on the back controls the number of points on the focus, whether it’s auto or manual. Auto will light all the focus points up, manual does the centre one. I’d say bite the bullet and read the manual. 😉


      2. Nia Simone and Ántonia Moran Post author

        LOL! I read the manual over breakfast. Now I know what the four-arrowed round button on the back does. I must have pushed the left one in the dark and then the center one and set the focus to one of the 9 focus spots. I also know how to get it off auto-focus. That, thankfully, is a slider button so I don’t have to go into the menu if I get myself in a focusing jam in the dark again, I can just slide off the auto focus. That would also come in handy for macros, come to think of it. Thanks! 😀


      3. laurie27wsmith

        I thought it was only men who didn’t read directions? 🙂 Now you know what to do I can see your pics getting better and better. Photography is a great pastime.


      4. Nia Simone and Ántonia Moran Post author

        🙂 I only read the manual as a last resort. First I see how far I can get just by pounding on things. 😉 I do try to read the camera manual now, but sometimes I don’t get what it’s saying. The answer to what that little box is in the focus, wasn’t straightforward. You had to kind of guess what had happened by reading about the focus feature and guessing how I must have got that box stuck there. It’s a pretty good manual, but it just describes individual features, so if you don’t know what the feature is, it’s tricky to put figure out what to read. But it’s kind of fun to puzzle over.

        I am really surprised by how much I like photography! I never would have known this if I hadn’t started blogging! Now, what you do with the insect photography I really admire because so far I haven’t done anything that requires waiting. I’m mostly just taking shots I find as I’m doing other things. Little by little I am starting to venture out just to take pictures. But waiting for animals to do things… I think that may be way beyond my patience levels!


      5. laurie27wsmith

        That’s very male of you Nia. 😉 The manuals are dry reading indeed. I’ve found you tube is the best and there are some good ideas on Pin interest. If you’re on it go to photography and you will tons of stuff on settings, cameras etc. You can download cheat sheets, info, everything. I love taking pics of insects, I have a great fly shot for tomorrow. 🙂 I have time a plenty so it’s no problem about waiting. Pardon the pun but you’ll get the bug. 🙂 Random shots are great, it leads to better and better pictures. Remember, patience is a virtue.
        Have a look at this man’s tutorials, he’s very good and gives clear directions.


      6. Nia Simone and Ántonia Moran Post author

        Thank you, Laurie!! I will look at these and let you know how I go.

        The funny thing about me not reading manuals is that I used to write them for a living. 😉

        P.S. You are not a troll! People look at my blog posts for different reasons. I don’t think looking for professional level photography is one of those reasons. They mostly want to say hello and see what’s going on in Nia’s world. 😉


      7. laurie27wsmith

        I hope you get something out of them Nia. Now I know why you don’t read manuals. 😉 They’re probably not looking for that Nia, sometimes I take thinks too seriously.


      8. Nia Simone and Ántonia Moran Post author

        P.S. I realized later I may not have been clear. I want to be a better photographer and enjoy the process of learning, especially chatting with you about the ins and outs. I just meant that people may say “nice shot” on my blog because the photo gave them a little lift or a view into another corner of the world. But you have been following my blog for a long time and know that I am also enjoying the journey of learning about photography. You have seen me growing and so of course you are going to offer some hints from your experience and that’s really nice. It means a lot to have people looking at our photos, don’t you think? And interacting! So anyway… I was just concerned I hadn’t expressed myself clearly. That’s what I meant by people coming by my blog for a variety of reasons and you and I have a dialogue going so of course your comments might be more in-depth than someone (also very valued by me!) dashing off a quick note.

        See? You’re aren’t the only one who takes things seriously!


      9. laurie27wsmith

        It’s fine Nia. The learning process is certainly steep and we get better by sharing, comparing and critiquing. I have noticed a change in your work. Once you take control of the camera it all changes, for the better – after a few thousand shots. 🙂 I can see the enjoyment in your photos, the trick is to take photos of anything, at different times of the day. I love the fact that people like looking at my photos. 1. I get to show the world my little corner of it. 2. I love showcasing our unique animals. 3. I love the interaction with other photographers, learning from them and helping them. Yes people do visit for a variety of reasons, to some a pic is ‘nice,’ to others they look at the technical aspect of it and others look for the art in the picture. I do get what you’re saying Nia, so we’ll sit in the corner and chat photos, and wave at the other visitors dropping by. 😉 It’s heartening that you took the time to express your feelings here Nia and I certainly thank you for doing so. I like that there’s another person out there who takes things seriously. 🙂 I sincerely hope we have a great blogging relationship. I felt your despair last year when you couldn’t get the shots you wanted in, I think a cathedral or museum? That’s when I thought, Laurie, say something. I’m inspired by a few photographers one of which is Steve McCurry., here’s the link to his blog. He took that famous Time mag cover shot of the blue eyed Afghan girl.
        His blog is extensive and has some beautiful work showcased.


      10. Nia Simone and Ántonia Moran Post author

        P.S. I know you wouldn’t make derogatory comments, Laurie. I thought you might be thinking about some constructive criticism. Some people think that’s an oxymoron, but I take in a lot of constructive criticism as a writer! You are always so supportive and I appreciate your interaction and friendship. 🙂


      11. laurie27wsmith

        Thanks Nia. I always feel the odd man out if I say things about the shots. Other people are saying great shots (which they are) and such. I pop up and say, “Now if you do this or that…’ Then I feel like a troll. I know you don’t see it that way. I will persevere and continue to give hints and encouragement. 🙂


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