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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Marston Moretaine - Thrift Walk

On this occasion, I used my car to reach my start point for a walk around Marston Thrift and Rectory Wood, since once there I would be definitely walking far more than the trip to the entry to the Woods, but to no advantage! I wondered just what changes I would find since my last visit might be. The trees had acquired far more leaf coverage, and although only one car had driven ahead of me to the Car Park, we were the sole vehicles. The other person had taken the path to the right, so I took the left one.
My first images were of fresh new leaves that were heart-shaped, which from my scant knowledge were probably likely to be described as weeds, but to my eye it was their shape that appealed, not whether gardeners would categorise them derogatorily as weeds. It was whilst I was walking along this straight stretch, that I caught sight of a very busy, and unusual flying insect, but it proved to be utterly indefatigable and on the few occasions when it alighted, it barely remained beyond a twenty-fifth of a second, and certainly beyond my chance of getting a shot, but it was not a species I had seen before, so I wasted several minutes in a vain effort to see whether I might get a shot of it — this is my most serious disappointment with this mirrorless camera (the FZ10002), I might at least have had a chance were I using a dSLR. 
My reason for the persistence in using this camera, is that firstly, it is a very capable camera, that I am determined to master; it is vey light, produces excellent quality results, and the fault lies with my difficulty in adapting to its controls. Also, it does not advertise my activities that for some might consider to be nonessential. It is very capable despite its lack of weight, and has rewarded me with some excellent images. The greatest drawback lies in the way it’s operations are arranged via its numerous controls, and the difficulty is also very much related to my age and my brain is not blessed with much available storage space. However in my defence, I do believe that the controls are not ideally laid out, so if I could get someone to set some specific features I need to be immediately accessible I feel it would become indispensable.
I am aware that it is very possible to program the controls to suit differing ways of working, but if I play around I could well make matters worse, without some informed input, so whilst under Lockdown there is little chance of some informed guidance. I have certainly learned some ways to speed some settings, but all too often, if I hit the wrong button, suddenly I lose vital settings, resulting in lost shots!
Overall on this outing, I managed to capture most shots with minimal fuss, from close-ups of insects to landscapes and an overflying light aircraft, fill-in flash to balance contre-jour shots of leaves, and a five-shot handheld panorama. So, not too disgraceful, but having learned deer roam these woods, it is a shame I did not get that opportunity! I did manage low-level close-up shots of bluebells, so definitely not a waste of time for the amount of walking I did to keep fit. And importantly very few contacts with fellow humans.

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