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A garden enthusiast who loves to travel and capture the beauty of places and freeze the memories of her travels in photographs, as well as document her experiences in verse...thankful for the simple pleasures in life.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Photography Field Trip in Melaka

While out on  a field trip recently during a photography workshop on "Aperture", I took the opportunity to shoot more than just photos with a small depth of field, though that was what most of us were more interested to do to show off our skills. For someone like me who has been relying so much on Intelligent Auto, this course was an eye-opener, so to speak. I actually gained some confidence in using the manual functions of my camera. It is indeed necessary for me to make a resolution not to rely on all things 'auto'. I need to give my brain something to work on!

resolve to learn all
scour the scale from rusty brain
till mind shines brightly

 It was a fun field trip as we went to the public garden of the Town  Council Complex. The marigold-celosia-periwinkle combination worked well in the garden design they had there.

Here are some of my favourite shallow depth of field shots...

These shots with a greater depth of field, using smaller aperture settings allow us to see the photo in focus from the foreground, all the way to the horizon. See, I was  paying attention. Don't ask me about shutter speed, though. Haven't learned that yet.

These other photos sort of came out crazy...definitely not to be assessed as assignment photos. Some were focused on the background, some did not have any focus at all and many were out of focus! Despite all that, I sort of like them.

And some of the shots turned out great after some tweaks!

we travel so far
when what we seek is so near
homespun silk seems coarse 

Linking to:
Outdoor Wednesday
Watery Wednesday
Share The Joy Thursday
Skywatch Friday
Sensational Haiku Wednesday (Prompt : Resolve)
Poetry Picnic (Week 20)
Poets Rally (Week 59)
Haiku My Heart

Weekend Reflections
Haiku Heights (Prompt: Travel)
Scenic Sunday
Shadow Shot


  1. This year, I resolve to try my best to reply to comments on my posts as well as visit my visitors' blogs. It is a more relaxed approach I intend to take, with a view to having a better interaction with my blog-friends.
    Rosie Gan
    My Garden Haven

  2. Rosie, you may not know about shutter speeds (another class, perhaps?) but you got it just right with the fountains, freezing water drops in mid-air. And the shots of caladiums. We can grow marigolds and celosia here, but the soil doesn't get warm enough to get a great show of caladium. So I always love to see it in outside gardens.

  3. I am so envious. I try and try to remember what I have read about how to use the settings on my camera, but I can come up with nothing like your shots. They are prize winning, as far as I am concerned.

  4. Hello Rosie. Happy New Year!
    Capturing the water like that is just awesome!
    Love what you did with the little tweaks too.
    Lovely photos all around.
    Thanks for sharing.

    A Flower And A Tear

  5. OMG these photos are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Lovely photo!!! I too resolve to learn more...everyday has so much to offer!! Thank you for this post! Cathy

  7. lovely!
    your flowers photos
    are just simply lovely

    you know what?

    i Adore the mcdonalds sign
    ~~showing up~~
    in that one shot
    reminding us how near
    a Garden Oasis can B!

    """so near"""


  8. Wow! Fantastic photos ~ lovely haiku ~~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with Haiku my Heart

  9. Yes, we need to look around our space!!!
    your pictures are glorious!!

  10. The silk may be homespun, but it's still silk! Joy, joy, joy!

    Ten Thousand Rooftops

  11. I don't see any rusty brains here! Beautiful photography! ♥ ♥ ♥

  12. brilliant words, the photo shots are breath taking.

    love your fresh poetry, smiles.
    keep it up.

  13. your photographs are dazzling! yet it is your second haiku that captured my heart completely!
    thank you for your generous sharing!

  14. Thoses shots are great, so incredibly vibrant, makes me long for sunshine (I garden in Scotland and it's been an exceptionally wet and windy year).

    I'm spending the evening on garden blogs to persuade great gardeners to join Folia, the free gardening website. It's a great resource for gardeners and has helped me keep on top of my 800+ plantings with photo's, notes, journals, milestones etc. They have an extensive plant wiki and a seed stash section where people can also list seeds for swapping. Here's the link to my Folia page so you can see how it works:

  15. Great shots, especially the first two or three shots...

  16. Awesome pictures and a well done haiku about resolving. thank you for sharing.

  17. Fabulous photos! I wish I could scour the scale from my brain... ;)

  18. Wonderful selective foucs in the first few images. Well done!

    Happy MM

  19. love it,

    your nature photos are always mind blowing,

    Thanks for sharing with poetry picnic today.

  20. A superb series of photographs, all so enjoyable. Thank you!

  21. Beautiful flowers and great work on all these shots.
    Maybe you'll share some of your setting too, sometimes.

  22. Wow..... Simply beautiful, ma'am. And I adore the leafy one with the twisty branches-VERY awesome. You make me want to play with the camera! LOL

  23. Oooh! I love, love your photos! I think they will make a great desktop background. This post makes me want to take my camera and shoot photos of the beautiful flowers around.

    1. When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked. I fear the disease is incurable.

  24. These photos are remarkably attractive. I have friends who are really into photography and I noticed that they really enjoy capturing beautiful images of flowers, gorgeous flowers of all kinds. Well, they are certainly eye-catching, eh! ;)


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