They're still smashing shots, Ian. I'd be over the moon with them.
Another one for Karen to muse over. Some sunset shots. It was getting very dark as the memsahib and I were on the final quarter mile of our walk - we sort of forgot that sunset was now quite early.
As usual, I had my Canon Powershot SX700HS with me. It's convenient to carry on short walks. I thought I'd have a crack at photographing the, rather dark, sunset. I too switched to P mode. I normally have the Powershot set to auto, but P mode works better for sunsets and sunrises.
The results are quite noisy and grainy, but it was getting hideously dark.
I wasn't able to see much of the sunset as all these naughty trees got in the way. I thought I'd try and do something a little arty with this one. I just wish I could have been about two feet higher up. I was already standing on tiptoe, with my arms raised over my head due to this large hedge in front of me.
Now an exercise in what happens if you fiddle about with where you point the camera. I have not moved at all between these next two photos. The first one has the camera pointing at the dark shrub. It fools the camera into upping the exposure, and probably the ISO and ev.
The sunset is blown out, but you can see the details in the shrub and houses. However, swing round a bit and point the camera at a brightish patch of sky and you get this.
The sky doesn't get over exposed, though by now it was really, really dark. We were wishing we'd brought some torches with us or set out half an hour earlier.
My wife has a Powershot 720HS which I think is a sort of next year's model to yours. She didn't get usable shots of the sparrowhawk as she didn't switch to program mode where I have set up some form of point focus - it's a little while since I did it, so can't quite recall if it was a point focus or a focus square which I made small - so of course in auto mode it latched onto the background with all those interesting branches, leaves and grass to focus on. It worked in trials, but she doesn't really take an interest in the technical stuff at the moment, she's quite pleased to frame something and have buildings vaguely level!
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