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8 Lit by a window

Cotton boll from last year's harvest.  This window gives some of the best lighting.
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9 Older than me

Everything in this picture is older than me.  Camera, loom, mirrors, windows, table...

Actually, the loom is the youngest thing in the image, dating back to the 1960s
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10 Food

lunch:  tomato soup, cheese cubes, and bread cooked in the pressure cooker (most of the bread went to the chickens - this recipe needs work)
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From here, I've been going a bit out of order.  

24 Movement

I threw some of the cheese in the soup in hopes of capturing a splash on camera.  In the end, I was very lucky not to get a splash on the camera as I seem to have tomato soup everywhere else.
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r ranson wrote:These are the silk cocoons I grew this year.  Lots of vibrant colours!



Not trying to go OT, but those are amazing to look at!
 
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12 Plain background

Not the best picture, but it was taken inside, lit by my monitor (I made a white screen for more light) with the aperture priority to try to get as much in focus as possible.  It turned out this means a one-second shutter speed - gulp!  It takes a lot of breathing control to keep the camera still for that long.  
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Burra Maluca wrote:

I still haven't found where I hid my DSLR, but rummaging on the settings on the phone camera reveal that I can adjust the shutter speed if I put it in manual mode.

OK, clearly I need to find instructions for my new phone's camera. I'll swear it has a mind of its own, and not one I can relate to at all!

Also Burra - a friend of mine has a cheap digital camera with no cord. When I opened up the battery compartment, I could see a standard SD card just peeking out. My current computer needs an SD card holder, but some computers have an SD slot, so either of those possibilities might be easier than finding a compatible cord, and much easier than my old hp digital camera which required an actual docking station if you don't want to handle its SD card.

If you sign up for the '30 picture challenge' are there special instructions that come with it?
 
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I think the 30-picture challenge is to develop a baseline to measure your improvement as you take the class.  

The mantra the class gives us is:



The 30 pictures are also probably something to do to keep us excited while we wait for the start date (only 4 more sleeps for the Sept 2019 start)

 
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Jay Angler wrote:
If you sign up for the '30 picture challenge' are there special instructions that come with it?



You don't need to sign up for the 30 day thing, just do it.  Post them here if you like.  I'm a bit behind now, but then there's no set dates for it either so just join in as and when you feel like it.

Also I do have a cable somewhere as it's the same as for my last mobile phone.  Just have to get myself organised to rummage in the right drawer.  My life is too chaotic....
 
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I've just signed up for it too. Awaiting the first email...
 
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Fill the Frame with Color
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Things in Three
(A tree seed I am trying to figure out.)
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Things in Three
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3. Black and White
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4. Taken at Midday
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Skipped 5.Abstract, no ideas there.
I like 6. Snail's View
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7. Reflection
I thought I was just taking a photo of flowers, but in the window's reflection is the flag, sky, telephone poles.
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5 Abstract

 
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6 Snail's eye view

 
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Burra, your abstract makes me think maybe the photo below may work in Gray scale sort of way.

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Since I did some skipping earlier, how about a nice jump to 30. Texture
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7 Reflection

I'm afraid I cheated with this one.  You don't want to know how long ago I took this...

 
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On my quest for balance (number 13 on the list), I took these photos.  Unfortunately, no single photo displays the whole event, but if you imagine them in some sort of animated gif, then it tells a more interesting story.

Also, this is the first time I've tried resizing the image in Digital Photo Professional 4.  Not sure how well it will work.
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my quest for balance with chicken
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my quest for balance without chicken
 
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19 Wildlife
any idea what this fuzzy fella is?
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I bought the first book from the A Year With My Camera series.  This is an optional companion to the free course and covers the first four months.  The book is clear, encouraging and well written.  I'm going to really enjoy this method of learning photography.  
 
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14 Urban

Another cheat I'm afraid, as I've no intention of heading anywhere urban for a while...

 
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11 Shadows

Another old one, of the knife-sharpening bike that visits the local market every week.

 
I think he's gonna try to grab my monkey. Do we have a monkey outfit for this tiny ad?
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