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Last week I said I was going to the Daylesford Market, well, I got the days wrong, so we ended up going back to the market at St Andrews.  I decided that instead of taking my DSLR again I would try my daughters Nikon Coolpix L120 which she got for her birthday last year.

Recently I have heard from some people that think that because they use a compact camera they don’t need to worry about how their images look.  I was sorry to hear this.  I know that a compact camera has limitations, and there isn’t a lot you can do with it, but you can compose your images.   Learning about composition is very important to anyone who wants to take images, even those using a compact camera, or the camera on their phone.  I am not going to go into the rules of composition and things like that, but I hope if you have a CC (compact camera) you will compose your images thoughtfully.

Don’t you love this stall, the woman at the back did have someone else sitting beside her knitting as well, but she went to help a customer.  Controlling the light was a little difficult with CC, you can see how the hat in the foreground on the right is totally blown out and would seem to be glowing.  The camera did seem to have a lot of trouble with the full tonal range, the lights to the darks.

This is like an aisle down the market, or that could be up the market.  I thought it was a good image to show you the setting.  It really is like a bush market.  It really adds to the ambience of the place.

Taking this image, I put the camera down below waist height, it was good not having to get down myself.  I could see the image in the back of the camera.  I could probably do the same on my DSLR, but I have never bothered to work it out, I do like looking through the viewfinder.  I think also, if you are looking through the viewfinder then you are less likely to miss things that might be on the edge.  However, I did enjoy just pointing the camera and taking photos.

Again, you can see the camera had trouble with the very white sky and the foreground.  I think this is just something you have to live with.  I am sure in photoshop you could do things to fix it, I didn’t really try, I wanted to be able to show you.

This is something I find quite amazing, there are quite a few places where you find tools, second hand I believe.  This image was done quickly, the camera was taken out and I pointed it and then I clicked.  Haha, get it, point and click.

Again the flooding of the white down into the image is happening again.  I think it was one of those things where the day was overcast, but it was very bright.  The camera really had it’s work cut out for it.

This man had lots of tools around this tree.  He held onto that saw on the right and he did seem a bit scary, but I am sure he was very nice.  He had some interesting tools.

I did try and fix the sky in this and make it less intrusive, but I didn’t have a lot of luck.

This is my daughter Klara getting a Henna Tattoo.  She has been wanting one for a long time and was so happy that Nomadic Tara was there doing her henna tattoos, so Klara sat down for one.  You can see the design she picked there in the left corner, sorry I don’t know what the design is.  We had a lovely time talking to her and seeing where she goes.  She was a very lovely woman, as are most people at the market.

This image is probably the best out of the ones I took.  I didn’t take many, but it was so different doing photos with a compact camera, certainly very challenging.  I tried to remember to compose each image and take each one with thought.  I hope you can tell that.

It was a lot of fun playing with a camera like this, really takes you back to basics, which is a good place to go from time to time.  One of things I love about the phones these days is the cameras in them.  I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I like playing with the camera in it.  I have a few apps as well, Instagram, HDR etc, though a new one I got, Paper Camera, which I purchased for 25cents is turning out to be a lot of fun.  Photography should be fun, but serious sometimes as well.

I heard from Canon today and the cameras are arriving tomorrow, which will be great, just in time for the weekend.  I have also heard from Crumpler so that is good news as well.  Lots happening which is great.  I was also approached by someone last night about some software, but I have to check it out first.

Awards

My Travels and Photography has nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award

http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/two-blogger-awards/#comment-460

So thank you very much, it is really appreciated.

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