Snapping in the garden

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I mentioned a in a previous post that I had been playing around with my new (not 'new' new, but new to me) Leica C-Lux 3. I love this dinky little camera; I've tried quite a few out (my step-dad loves photography and has tons of digital cameras lying around for me to, ahem, 'borrow') but none have really impressed me before.

This Leica is gorgeous. The photos I take don't even need editing because the colours just pop naturally. There's no adjusting contrast or saturation afterwards, which is a relief because I hate editing photos. There are a ton of scene modes you can play around with if you're photographing something specific like someone's portrait, a landscape, a beach, a pet, food, the sky, somewhere especially sunny or dark etc. I know most cameras have this feature but the Leica has so many modes it's almost overwhelming (in a good way).

You'll have already seen two of my Leica flower photos here, but I took even more yesterday afternoon and figured I'd give them their own post...

Mum's favourite - pansies.

I love being able to spend more time in the garden during summer - I love walking on the grass barefoot, filling up the bird feeders, and sitting on the patio watching the bees enjoy the lavender. It can be a lovely way to relax. Sometimes if I've had a rough day at work, I love going outside to see how our little garden is growing and giving the plants are well-deserved water. I find it very grounding (pun not intended). 

Seeing my big tubs of bee-friendly wildflowers shoot up over the last few weeks has been so satisfying. The wildflowers are my babies, I sowed them myself and they're the only seeds I've ever planted that have sprouted into something and not immediately died, so I'm rather proud.

Bee's favourite - lavender.

My wildflower leaves - no actual flowers yet, but I think it's still early days for them.

Last but not least - our slow-blossoming asters.

Hoping that soon this handy little camera will become my go-to for blogging. A bit more practice with it and I'll get there.

P.S. The Leica C-Lux 3 is stupidly hard to get hold of. I think my step-dad got this one from a photography stall on a market. Guess they're not widely sold anymore, but I'm sure if you keep an eye out on eBay you will find one.

P.P.S. I just learned that the Leica C-Lux 3 is essentially the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 with a Leica body and lens. Huh. I might be talking rubbish so I recommend you do your own research on that one(!) Nonetheless, you can shop the Lumix here.

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