Anyhow I am still experimenting with this and that. I have a tripod which is more than half my height and I am tall. I needed about an hour until I found out how that worked. Today I took my first photos with the remote control thing. Even on a tripod it seems it shakes if you press the button. Of course I forgot to switch the camera back to normal after the remote experiment, and nothing more was working.
Sometimes I wish I could pop over to England (with Baz or Mitch in mind) or just a trip to the States (the Gator in the Swamp) as well as many others I know from Multiply that are much better at this photo thing than I am. Rome really wasn't built in a day. I was quite proud of myself this afternoon. I was in the garden equipped with tripod, remote control and the biggest lens taking a photo of the crocus in the lawn. they were really a long way away, but I managed to get them nice and close. My technique is not perfect at the moment, and things could be a bit sharper. This is not the camera's fault by the way.
I had never worked with these lens things before, but am gradually getting the trick. Anyhow here is an example of my imperfect work. I even managed to focus on the crocus and make the twigs at the side of the photo out of focus, sort of depth of horizon or something like that. It can only get better (I hope).