Fortunately I have a blossoming tree in the back yard crawling with bugs bees and birds in search of nectar. This was a quick grab during a study break.
Safe to say study took priority over photography this month…
I managed to use the camera in my phone a lot more than usual and the results were surprisingly good. I even got to spend a couple of hours reacquainting myself with my DSLR. I think the image above sums up my experience this month as I really felt locked in.
I made the most of an opportunity to get some images for one of the November themes.
I had made mental notes of some of the locations for these locks on other walks and they were made on a single walk Wednesday morning. They are all done with one lens and are straight from the camera. I will do some black and white conversions when I have time.
I also got some textures and macro images. The ant is of the bullant variety, much larger and more aggressive than smaller ants with a nasty bite that reminded me of a bee sting the first time I was bitten. They are never to be taunted or trifled with!
Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. —Vaclav Havel
Completed one exam, two workshops and now a new semester of Summer school starts this week. My unread pile continues to grow, I’m tired and perhaps a little stressed but I don’t mind.
I realised I have been focussed too much on my own issues and that getting some perspective was necessary, so that is what I have been looking for this week and I hope you get something out of this too.
It started on Twitter when I saw a number of photographers retweeting an appeal to fund a wheelchair for Jaleel King. I looked into it and this is simply a great story of the human spirit.
Reading Jaleel’s blog I found links to the Help Portrait project. It is a really simple idea best explained in this video.
I cannot see a Melbourne group that is active at the moment and I’m not in a position where I can spare enough time to volunteer to start one right now but I will be donating to this with the intention to put more effort in after I graduate. If you read this and you decide to kick something off where you are, leave a comment so I know I did some good this week. Do we have a deal?
I also got to look at some classic portraiture by Philippe Halsman Hollywood stars in black and white.
Listening to… Katie Noonan cover a Neil Finn classic.
I have been complaining about not having time lately but I think it is important to differentiate between having time to do what I want versus time to do what I need.
Edwood has allowed me to make time for photography, even if it was at my desk using my phone and just for brief periods between study. Not necessarily what I wanted but what I needed.
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