This is my very first attempt at using my camera in non-automatic mode:

I know, I have a lot of work in front of me. But I rather like it. I have not edited the photo other than cropping it to get only the part of the decoration I wanted. It comes from this:


This elephant was a present from a friend to First Daughter. It is still hers, but for the time being, it has moved into my office, where its ornate head and back perfectly compliment the colours of the walls.

I am now looking forward to experimenting more with my camera and coming up with – hopefully – unusual pictures.


You will find more close up stories here: Sticky Fingers.

20 thoughts on “Extreme Close Up – Exotic Flavour”

  1. I really must try playing with the settings more on my camera and not relying on auto so much.
    I love the elephant. There’s something about them that makes me smile 🙂

    1. Glad I you loved the elephant and that it made you smile! This first attempt made me want to fiddle with my camera more. Good luck! 🙂

    1. Thanks! Trouble is, I played with the settings so much that I have now no idea what I did… 😉

  2. Great pic & well done on not using auto……Now just keep auto turned off all the time….I find aperture settings useful, playing around with depth of field to keep your subject well focused and everything else a blur 🙂

    Lou 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Trouble is, it took me quite a while to get the shot I wanted. If I want to keep auto turned off, I will have to practice a lot more!!

    1. Thanks so much! They are pretty much a foreign language for me too, but I am willing to learn! 🙂

  3. Beautiful elephant sculpture and well done you for moving off auto, I still feel more comfy on auto but every now and then have a go 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I feel WAY comfier on auto, but I do want to play around with my camera more.

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