Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mama's Christmas Tree, & why I'm loving manual!)

Last night I planned to go to a Ladies Christmas Party at church. It was set to begin at 6:30. I get off work at 5, so there wasn't any time for me to go all the way home first. So I went to my parent's to hang out for a bit, until it was time for the party.

I was sad, because I had left what was supposed to be my supper in the fridge at work. (They were only going to serve cake & hot chocolate at the party.) Well, guess what? My mama had leftover gumbo sitting on the stove. YUM! 

She asked me to take some pictures of her tree, which I thought was beautiful. 

And THIS, my friends, is why I am getting addicted to shooting in manual. 

Both of these pictures are straight from the camera! (I know there is lingo for this, but i fail to remember. SOOC? Or SOC?) For you non-photography people, that means I did not edit these!

 I mean... it's not TERRIBLE or anything, but isn't it a little too dark to you?!

Yes! And ALL i did was switch it to Manual & adjust shutter speed!

Played around with it a little more & got this!
Oh, wait. That one's a little blurry. Oh-well. It's still brighter, I think! Still, no editing. 

Obviously, editing gives it an even BETTER look. I am just trying to show off why I am loving manual already! I know about as much about editing as I do about shooting in manual. :) 

More shots from last night! These do have a little editing, but again... i don't know much about that yet. One thing at a time!

The tree topper

Pretty ornaments

I see my reflection! Haha!

And a little bit of bokeh! 

Manual is SO MUCH FUN! 
And I still have so much more to learn! 

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