23-29 July ’11
I’ve been in a bit of a photographic slump the last few weeks. Maybe a touch of the winter blues. I just seem to have lost the excitement I usually feel for taking pictures, and seeing what I’ve got once I get to the processing stage. It was this mid-winter lack of interest that caused the demise of my 365 project last year. It took me most of the week to get around to processing these shots. Meh, I’m sure this funk will pass. Just have to keep plugging on and wait for spring. I’ve finally got my zoom lens back from the repair shop, so maybe this will give the injection of enthusiasm I need.
This weekend we made for Mangaweka – middle of the school holidays, no rugby, no other commitments. Trev collected the kidlets early on Friday morning, the Lovely Man and I traveled up after work.
The children have small pot-belly stove in the garden that they are allowed to light and use to cook snacks. They seem to have learned a healthy respect for fire, whilst learning how to control it and put its power to good use. Handy skills to have, and ones that many kids probably miss out on. Later in the evening the opportunity arose to play around with some longer, night-time exposures. Light writing using a glowing stick, Billy had loads of fun making squiggles in the darkness. I hadn’t taken my tripod with me, so I rested the camera on the back of a chair for stability.
Cat found herself a stick to light, too. It needed a little extra oxygen to get it glowing.F-stop f/1.8 Exp time 1/60sec ISO speed ISO-800 Focal length 50mm
The low light made this a very noisy image. I liked the starry/sand effect, so I pushed it further. I’m pleased with the results.
Lighting a Fire
The middle of a damp winter is the safest time for a bonfire. We had a pile of prunings and clippings from various garden tidy-up projects to dispose of. The Lovely Man will take any excuse to have a play on Oliver the li’l’ bulldozer. He pushed all the old branches and bamboo in to a heap for burning.
Jake is a bit of a fire bug, so between them they got the heap burning.
Hmmm…. wet material makes for smokey fire.
Is anyone getting tired of collages? 🙂
The fire burned all day, and was still glowing after dark.F-stop f/3.8 Exposure time 1/5sec ISO speed ISO-400 Focal length 18mm
A poke with a stick created an interesting spectacle.F-stop f/4.5 Exposure time 1/60sec ISO Speed ISO-400 Focal length 34mm
Nature’s promise that the warmer months are comingF-stop f/1.3 Exposure time 1/125sec ISO speed ISO-200 Focal length 86mm