So, using trial and error I have been experimenting with the different settings to see which one is the best suited for my purposes, one of the most useful features it has, and one that features on a lot of cameras now is the articulated display screen, for low down or overhead shots it is brilliant and in the case of the latter saves using a chair or ladder!
It is hard to break the habits of a lifetime and I am loathe to move away from the P setting it does allow me by rotating the front lens ring to set aperture and speed to how I like it. The camera is clever enough to sense if the light (or setting I have selected) is not quite right and takes two or three rapid shots each with a slightly different exposure leaving me to see which one I like, isn`t modern technology clever.
The following are a selection of photos with my default setting on the camera.
Of course you may wish to skip the techno-babble and move straight on to the nine pictures.........
The overhead shot
Ground level. The command dial is normally set on P not on scn
Poppies in the strawberry bed
Overhead rose shot
The colour of this foxglove is spot on
Phildelphus. Bees having been arriving in camera shot a lot lately
Mock Orange (philadelphus)
Using the articulated screen for this low down beach shot