I probably shouldn’t be saying this because the gods of Olympus will probably make me pay, but last night I was really hating my camera. Granted, the situation I was trying to photograph was a difficult one: poor lighting and fast-moving subjects. Then I went over to Scott’s site this morning and saw a beautifully exposed, complicated lighting situation, which made me dislike my camera even more! Now part of my bad experience last night with my camera, I know, was because I didn’t take the time to go back to my camera manual again and review manual settings and what I have learned about exposure. Why not you may ask? The situation that caused my poor photographing conditions was dress rehearsal for my daughters’ and my dance recital tonight. I was more concerned with making sure we had all the stuff we needed for the night ready to go, than thinking about my camera. Instead of adjusting shutter speed, aperture and ISO myself, I tried two different settings I thought might work: the “sport” setting and “quick shutter.” Those both sound good, don’t they? Well, they weren’t. The lament of point-and-shoot photographers everywhere, shutter-lag, confounded me on so many attempted shots.
Sooooo frustrating! Luckily, while the shots are so very far from perfect (these are also S.O.O.C. – I’m not in the mood for editing today, recital is tonight!) I managed to get a few that made me happy enough…
Here she is on pointe; I’m very proud of her abilities in the beautiful style of dance.
Another lady there last night was busily using her Canon Rebel to shoot away. As I heard its shutter sounds behind me, the jealousy grew! Sigh!
There are some other shots from last night on my Flickr photostream if you care to check them out. Sorry, no pictures of me in my costumes – such is the problem for the family photographer; we are rarely featured in a photo unless we ask. Wish us luck tonight!