Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge -Week #3 – Always Take More Than One Photo

Always Take More Than One Photo

That’s one of the things I like most about digital photography. Now I can afford to take more pictures and don’t feel wasteful because I only print the ones I think are good enough. Since I bought a digital camera I probably take at least three times as many photos on an outing as I used to.

I wondered what I was going to do for this challenge though. I hoped that I would get multiple pictures of the Huon River at Franklin last Thursday but things did not quite work out that way. I will be going back another day soon and will have another try. Franklin needs a post of its own anyway.

One place I have been taking a lot of photos recently is in our back garden because of all the changes happening there. The pictures I am using today are a set of consecutive photos I took featuring our apple tree. We had really nice apple blossom this year but it had only just started to show when I took these photos. I took several photos of the tree from slightly different angles trying to get one picture I was happy with.  A couple of these I didn’t like all that much, they didn’t look right but for the benefit of the exercise I’ll let you see them, normally I don’t show people photos I don’t like very much. The first three are the unedited versions. The blossoms I think are pretty much as I took them too. I was trying to show the nice shape of the tree after pruning as well as get the exposure right. My camera, a Nikon Coolpix L120 is not a DSLR and has icons rather than f/stops. I think I took the first two and last one with the landscape setting.  As there was deep shade near the shed I tried the backlighting setting for the third one but I didn’t like the result much as it was too washed out. The blossoms were done in close-up mode.

Another reason that I take multiple shots is to use the different settings on the camera and try and understand what works best rather than just leaving it on Auto all the time.

I did like the photos of the blossoms, especially the one with the blue sky in the background. I quite like the last photo as well which was taken from further away. It shows the “borrowed landscape” of the farm with the tall gum trees behind our place. I think the big trees frame the photo rather nicely.

Apple blossom on our tree. October 2015
Apple blossom on our tree.
This one taken from much further away.
This one taken from much further away.

I did take one other picture featuring the apple tree that I used in a post recently. It wasn’t taken on the same day so it’s not really part of the set. Cindy was interested in something in the tree, maybe a bird and I zoomed in to get this one. I like her expression and you can see the blossoms better in this too. It’s always shady in that corner of the garden so I find it a bit of a challenge to get a good picture.

There is something interesting in that tree.
There is something interesting in that tree.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Oh did I enjoy your entry this week. You even gave us a special bonus treat with Cindy. I really like the close up of the blossoms and blue sky. But then I’m a macro girl myself. Wonderful explanation and photos. And yes for this exercise it was okay to show photos we normally wouldn’t show. 😀


  2. Beautiful photos… and what a lucky break for me to find this post! I am dealing with exactly the camera issues that you mention… and love the lessons of the three different exposure shots of your back garden…thank you!


      • Yes, this is indeed the joy of blogging. I love visiting other blogs. It takes me to places that I have never been. It also lets me share my own experiences with people who are not captive audiences (:-) and can take my writing or not. thanks.

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