Went out in the garden tonight just to try and use the macro setting that was so kindly pointed out to me by a reader.
Alas, there was no bees or butterflies to shoot, only a few hoverflies investigating the last of the summer flowers and they were in no mind to sit still for a photographer who despite his best efforts to be gentle must have seemed like Mount Everest on the move to them.
Still, I got some flower shots, but we still aren't 100% successful yet, although I'd like to think we are now seeing some good detail on some of these shots. Minimum range seems to be about 8-10cm, any less than this and dire red "WARNING - AF" notices appear on the screen.
The flowers themselves have taken a fearful pasting from the rain in the last couple of days and aren't at their best, but this gives them a sort of dejected quality, an "oh bugger I'm a flower and I'd best try and look nice but I really can't be bothered" feel.
The season is nearly over. How swiftly it has gone. It has not been long enough, and soon the bleakness of autumn will arrive, and again I shall wit till January when new colour starts to emerge again.
But, until then I shall make the best of it, every chance I get.