I have lots of glasses. I've been wearing them since Second Grade.
About a month ago, I started thinking about getting a DSLR. I wanted to improve my photography for my patterns, but I also just enjoy taking pictures. I emailed my brother, Rocky, asking him what I absolutely needed, because I was thinking about just buying a used camera. I didn't eed anything super fancy, and figured something a few years older would suit me just fine. Imagine how floored I was when he sent me his old camera, a Rebel xTi! I am still just so humbled by how kind and sweet that was, and truly a blessing for me!
So I have been taking pictures constantly! It's been a real learning curve even from the superzoom I used to use. I always seemed to be taking pictures of the same things; goats, Reagan, and knitting. Then I remembered something I had seen on one of my favorite blogs (got sucked in by the knitting, stayed for the hilarious American Idol reviews!) about a photo challenge.
So,I am starting the photo a day challenge, from the blog Fat Mum Slim. I thought I would post my pictures here in addition to posting them on twitter. Is that overkill? Anyway, everyday has a different theme, and you take a picture of that theme, and then share it with the world. Here are my first three photos for this month.
Aug 1: Outside.Still a goat picture, but who can resist that face! This is two of the three baby girls JarJar gave me this year. After the disaster of no baby at all the year before, I'd say she more than redeemed herself. I am keeping these two, Shorty, looking at the camera, and Rosie, focused on food! The third is Sweetie, and she is going to live at Heaven Sent Food and Fiber Farms.
Aug 3: Coin. Again, one coin was hard. We have these coins that my FIL brought back from China, and while I don't think they are old, they are beautiful.
So that is the first three days! Looking forward to the rest of August!
time to get the kids in reasonable clean clothes, drag them out to the woods in an effort to find a place reasonable free of buildings, junk, and snakes, and take their pictures. I used to do this for my own benefit, and so I could send pictures to Mom so she could see how much they have grown, but the last couple of years, I have also done it because the homeschool co-op puts out a yearbook, and of course, the kids want to be in it.
This is always interesting, mostly because pictures that look good through the viewfinder or the little lcd screen aren’t necessarily going to look good on the computer or printed out. This means that though I think I am finished several times, I’m not. Also, you can bet, as soon as I go in the house to check out the pictures on the computer, the kids start playing in the dirt (even the almost 16 year old has been playing in the dirt. I am convinced he is trying to drive me crazy, since normally, he wouldn’t play in the dirt for anything, being the cool kid that he is…snort) So I tromp in the house, see that all the great photos I took are blurry (kids don’t stand as still as yarn or knit projects) and when I tromp back outside to resume the photo shoot, everyone is dirty and I have to tell them to put on clean shirts (at this point, I am ready to settle for shots from the waist up. Nobody cares what their legs look like, right?) and get right back outside.
Being kids, they get sidetracked. They need a drink of water, or food, or they have to go to the bathroom. Whiners. They can’t find a clean shirt, despite the fact that I have been doing laundry every waking minute since Sean got home from the hospital. In the meantime, we are losing daylight, and then it’s dark. I sit at the computer for an hour or two, trying to get the pictures to “work” using the magic of photoshop like applications. I fail miserably. So, I tell the kids, we’re doing this all again tommorrow, I have got to get this done!
This repeats for a couple of days, until finally, finally, I have 4 or 5 photos that I feel might work. I spend hours in front of the computer playing with the scrapbooking software, changing fonts, changing layouts, changing background colors. Finally it’s done.
But they are cute kids, if I have to say so myself.
I know. I haven’t blogged in ages. There are lots of reasons, healing from my surgery, lethargy, Sean’s graduation, lots of homeschooling. Mostly though, it is because I think of this as a fiber blog, and I haven’t had a lot going on, in a fibery sense, lately. The dog literally ate the socks I was working on, I was doing a little dyeing and spinning, and I just didn’t feel like it was interesting enough to blog about.
I think the only thing that is going to help me blog more, is to change the focus of the blog. If you are a friend or my family, there is going to be a lot more on here to interest you, with an occaisional post about fibery goings on to satisfy my urge to talk about what I am knitting, spinning, dyeing at the moment.
Public school has let out here for the summer, which means the kids can now abandon the house after they are done with their school work for the day. I predict that this means no more looking for pencils for half an hour, cleaner rooms, and less dawdling as they finish their daily writing assignments for the kids. For me, it means more prayer as I try to pray them out of the way of snakes, pray that they won’t fall out of trees, and that they won’t be stung by bees. General mayhem will commence.
One of the things we are looking forward to this year is a season pass to the pool that Sean’s mom has suggested getting for the kids. I’m really glad that I have lost 61 pounds now, although a trip to look for a bathing suit was more challenging than a basic training obstacle course. I had done a lot of reading on “figure flattering” bathing suits, and thought I was prepared, but well…..no. No, no, no, no, no. I’ve got a long long way to go, LOL.
I am still playing with the new camera. It has a lot of bells and whistles, and a very steep learning curve, but I think I am starting to figure out how to get good pictures on the manual setting, and if there is anything important, I make sure to set it to auto for a few snap shots, so I at least have a chance of capturing something useable. This is one of my favorites of the last few days. We have had a lot of rain this week, which will probably end soon as we enter the dry season.