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What ELSE (Explore Learn Share Etc.) Wednesday

This week I took an important step toward getting myself back on track: I went on a field trip. Here is the story of this week's exploration and lesson learned: 

On Monday afternoon I spent an hour exploring the Peace Garden, one of my favorite Minneapolis gardens. I brought along our "big camera," a 5-year-old Canon PowerShot S3 IS, with the idea of exploring its aperture settings based on what I learned from Karen Walrond's Gratitude.2012 April issue.

At the park, I snapped about 70 images, making not-so-detailed notes about subjects and settings. The real learning took place when I uploaded the images and examined what settings worked and, more often, what didn't work. The main lessons I learned were to let the camera set the ISO automatically and, in addition to manually setting the aperture, using the macro or super macro setting when I was close up to the subject.

In this post, I'm sharing my favorite of the images I shot at the park. Check out my Learning about Aperture set on Flickr if you'd like to see more of my exploration and learning process.

(Etc.): During my park visit, I wore a stocking cap. Temperatures were in the 40s, and I usually choose warmth and comfort over appearance. After several weeks of unseasonably warm weather and a growing season that's about 2 weeks ahead of normal, our temps in the Minneapolis area have been about 10 degrees below normal this week. That's Minnesota for ya!

What ELSE? What have you been exploring or learning? What do you have to share, (etc.)? Comment here or via twitter.