Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

Today, June 1, 2012: An exhausting, challenging, troublesome day with its moments of brilliance and moments of drudge. I’ve described the day lived by most of us, haven’t I?

After 14 hours of more move-in tasks, (will it ever end?) I experimented with my camera this evening, trying techniques hitherto foreign to me (I’ve always thought that word, hitherto, to be remarkably silly and pretentious and I just wanted to slip it in here, just for fun).

This first one is an exercise in using two flashes. For many of you, this may be something you do without thinking (when I watched son — the pro — do this the other evening it seem so terribly easy –Well it’s NOT!)  I used the “master-slave” flash with a Willow Tree figurine of a father & son. (I don’t even know if I’m using the right terminology.)

Later, the moon called me to my back patio.

When I saw these images on the computer I was surprised by the position of the moon in the two shots, taken four minutes apart. Can you see the shift? Look at the bottom of each shot (what I think of as the navel).

Taken at 10:40 PM

Taken at 10:44 PM

The last shot is simply Artie who is keeping me company this weekend while his people (my son & his family) are out of town. And that’s the end of my day, June 1, 2012. Good night, all.

Artie is tiny but fierce. He’s old, he coughs and wheezes, he can’t see or hear very well, but he is a super-cool little dog who told me he wants to stay with me.

My Favorite Model

While babysitting and playing with my favorite model yesterday, I took advantage of the opportunity to practice with my new 50 mm lens. I’m still struggling with the focus, but I’ll get there eventually (I hope). I wish the sharper focus were more on her eyes and less on the beads.

Lately, she’s been petulant when I’ve taken out the camera, turning her back on me and proclaiming the toddler’s favorite word, “NO!” Yesterday, she was in a playful mood. (I’m serious about the playful part. We played nonstop for nearly five hours until I finally manipulated her into a nap because grandma definitely needed to rest.)

She loves wearing hats and is beginning to like girlie things like beads and sparkly shoes. She is also a fearless tomboy who climbs on top of everything (just like her father) and loves airplanes, helicopters, and trucks.

A toddler and 50 mm

Elle is frequently my model, whether she wants the job or not. In this shot, I used her to practice with a new fixed lens.

10 months old

It was quite a challenge to get a good focus on a toddler who had just learned to crawl. This image is one of my all time favorites of her. (Oh alright, I have a lot of favorites of her.)