Manual Photography Selections : #03

Ok, I know I said I’d try to take more pics of things OTHER THAN my kids, but… I said I’d TRY, not that I WOULD. And, I’m still in the midst of volleyball season, which means that my indoor-poor-lighting-fast-movement challenge is still on.

A few weeks ago I tried some film, but forgot my flash.
This is the result:

41880018And that was the best of the bunch.
So, this past weekend I brought the flash. Fortunately she told me afterwards that it didn’t bother her – even as it was going off in her face as she made some heroic shot or other!

Still quite a bit darker than I’d like, but finally I’ve stopped motion! I can’t seem to get this shot with the digital, even on manual settings. Even the ball itself is clear!

I’d like to crop in closer to “my subject”. And try some contrast adjustments. These are right outta the can because I don’t yet own or know how to use Photoshop.

Can you hardly tell she’s done years of ballet??

This one wasn’t as clear, but it’s my “money shot”! I can’t remember if she saved this ball or not, but she sure looks good trying!

I have one more try for “THE” indoor volleyball shot – next tournaments in better stadiums.

In the meantime, I took a roll or two in my backyard yesterday – it was SUNNY! AND WARM!!
I’ll post those sometime soon, assuming any turned out.






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tuesdays for tea 09.04.06

p4030025Finally! A “tea” pic actually taken my MOI TRULY! I bought a set of 2 of these lovely little tea sips at a flea market in Toronto a few years back. I have never, ever used them. They’re just too fragile! But so lovely to look at.

Today I am vowing to hug my kids. A lot. Every minute. And the ones that aren’t here to hug (school schmool), I’ll text over and over.

We don’t have cable in the house (for now…), but even when we did we never watched News. We don’t subscribe or read any newspapers. We are blissfully out of the loop. If there’s something we really need to know about (a murder? in the park I was just about to start walking the boys once a week??), dear Nana or a friend somehow let’s us know. Otherwise, TOO DANGED DEPRESSING!! And I don’t want to be sad all the time.

Personal life is often hard enough to take as it is, without taking on the world’s personal lives. I now know of 3 people – friends of close friends – who are struggling or dying of cancer. In the past 5 years we have witnessed at least 5 divorces of people near to us. Children we know have suffered tragedy. I sat with a gfriend just last night who is a Dr. and told me (why, btw???) story after story of pain and loss.

Watching “Sliding Doors” last night with my daughters and (re)heard the line “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” from Monty Python. I can’t live expecting tragedy to strike at every corner. For today, I have my health. For today, I have my family. For today, my friends are here. Certainly we should have compassion for the suffering world around us. But we should also embrace each day we are given as it’s own little gift – and enjoy it as best we can.

Now, where did those little rug rats go – Momma needs a hug.

I promise – PROMISE – to be much more chipper next Tuesday.
No, really.

Now, go hug somebody.