Shooting the Moon : Always read the instructions

I am a spoilt brat who got a fabulous new Canon G1X camera for her birthday.  She is a little darling and looks sensational in her gorgeous leather frock.  But whilst I downloaded the fabulous Beyond Snapshots by Rachel Devine of Sesame Ellis and Peta Mazey to my iPad, as well as the Canon User Guide, I haven’t done much more than look at Rachel’s very pretty pictures, and flick through the user guide,  and apparently didn’t retain a single iota of information.



Over the long weekend, we had a fabulous lunch, which extended into the early evening, with some old friends who have returned to Sydney for a year from the UK, with their kids in tow.  It’s an amazing adventure and we are just so delighted to have them “home” again.  From their Manly Vale balcony, I noticed the most beautiful moon, just suspended in the sky, framed gorgeously by trees and houses and clouds.  Unfortunately, as I couldn’t remember how to work my camera properly, I just had to fiddle around and hope for the best.









Some of these didn’t turn out too badly, considering I had all the settings completely up the duff and had no clue.  Imagine how they could have turned out if I’d known what I was doing.  Like if I’d, you know, read the instructions!

Moral of the story?  Always read the instructions!  Especially when attempting something like shooting the moon.  It’s not like I’m a man or anything.  I really have no excuse.

Excuse me, whilst I go moon over my new camera.



  • Alice - 5 October 2012 - 9.25 am

    Fantastic photos! I love looking at the moon. Not yet successful with taking a photo of it on our DSLR. I need to muck around with it more, and perhaps use a tripod. Did you use one? So far my most successful shot has been with my cameraphone. I should pick my husband’s brains about it more. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 5 October 2012 - 9.45 pm

      Nope, just my wobbly arms balancing on the balcony railing! I do need to take some more now I’ve figured out what those dials mean! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rita - 2 October 2012 - 10.33 pm

    Stunning pictures! I love the moon! Have you seen it tonight? It’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kevin - 2 October 2012 - 9.38 pm

    it is far more brave and commendable to do it without the instructions said most husbands!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Newman - 2 October 2012 - 8.20 pm

    Oh I’m a shocker at reading the destructions! I recently got a new iron, and realised that I have no idea what half the settings do, cause I threw them out!ReplyCancel

  • Grace Titioka - 2 October 2012 - 2.46 pm

    LOL! I always get in trouble for not reading instructions. Meh. Who needs them ?
    Wasn’t the moon just amazing last night??!You took some great shots! Can’t wait to see more! xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 October 2012 - 9.21 pm

      The moon is so beautiful at the moment. The colour too! I will try harder next time! 🙂

  • the parenting files - tahlia - 2 October 2012 - 1.38 pm

    ohh i love it when the full moon is out! And that camera case is so retro and gorgeous… ohh and the photos are fabulous too xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 October 2012 - 9.22 pm

      I found the case on eBay for $20. I was trying not to copy Nikki from Styling You but it was the nicest (and one of the cheapest) ones I could find! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • workingwomenaustralia - 2 October 2012 - 11.17 am

    There are some amazing shots there Kimba. Love them! I too have a fancy-pants camera that I should read the instructions for…haven’t the time 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sonia // She's Sonic - 2 October 2012 - 10.22 am

    You’ll get there in the end! Unlike men, we have the patience to persist…!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda @ Shop Me Chic - 2 October 2012 - 9.27 am

    My fiance doesn’t even know what instructions are!

    Seriously, he NEVER readers them and then gets cranky if he does something wrong.

    Can’t wait to see some shots once you have those settings mastered! xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 October 2012 - 9.28 am

      I did figure out how to use the self timer for my Frocktober selfies yesterday. I’m afraid the model was at fault though! 😉

      Men – can’t live with them, can’t shoot them. But we wouldn’t have it any other way xReplyCancel

  • Yvette - 2 October 2012 - 9.24 am

    i never read instructions… then wonder why the flash is going off when I didn’t have it set on 😛 I point and shoot my very expensive camera.. I should learn what it does…ReplyCancel

  • Nikki | Styling You - 2 October 2012 - 8.29 am

    Just switch it to AUTO and shoot – the rest will come – I see you found a case like mine too 😉ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 October 2012 - 9.27 am

      I’ve since found the time to give myself a little lesson. And it was ridonkously easy! Yes, sorry about style stalking you, Nikki! It’s a bit creepy, but I went camera case shopping and they were either ridiculously expensive and gorgeous, or amazingly expensive and butt ugly, so I’m afraid I had to steal your style! I promise I’m not turning into Single White Female! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Housewife in Heels - 2 October 2012 - 8.20 am

    Great shots! Even if you can’t work out how to use the camera, at least it makes for a beautiful accessory 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 2 October 2012 - 8.04 am

    Haha, no you’re not a man. My husband is the opposite. He reads everything before starting and I am more gung-ho. Beautiful moon. Rachel

    #TeamIBOT was here x ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 October 2012 - 9.25 am

      It was so gorgeous! Oh, and thanks for the confirmation I’m not a man. Was getting worried! 😉ReplyCancel

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