Beach action

Beach action

8 week online workshop
lesson 1

This is the six year old of a good friend of mine at her swimming lesson at beautiful Cottesloe Beach last week. She was having a blast and tearing about, and I took some good photos of her. The first one demonstrates my annoyance with my camera over the auto focus, though. I usually use it in AF-C. On my older camera there are only three focus points and I can easily switch it to the one I want if it chooses the wrong one with the multi selector, but on my newer camera which I was using here there are 19 points and it won’t let me switch them manually – I do what he manual tells me to do yet it still doesn’t work! It will default to focus on what is closest to the camera, which isn’t what I always want, so on this photo it has switched the focus to the wave rather than the figure. Such a pity because I loved the photo and it looked great on the camera’s lcd but when I put it on the computer I could see the focus was off. Grrr. Oh well, I’ll keep practicing. And keep trying the different modes to see what works best.

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I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. That’s strange about the focus points. You should be able to switch them as you need. Are you sure there’s no menu setting that you need to change to fix that? You should be able to switch the camera’s focus area to: single point, dynamic area or closest subject (or similar names depending on your camera). What you want is single point. It sounds like you are using closest subject. Have another look at the manual and let me know.
    Anyway on to your images. I love the colours and the movement captured in these. It is a shame about the focus being out on that first one. It’s a great shot otherwise.

  2. Great pics and colours! I know what you mean about frustrations with focus…I’ve taken heaps of pics of my kids at the beach and they look good on the LCD screen, but on the computer they are blurred. Need more hours in the day to practise!!!

  3. The colour in these images is wonderful. I don’t mind the focus being off – I know it isn’t what you wanted to achieve, but it makes it look like the wave is going to swallow her. To me it adds a different dimension to the image.

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