108: Something around the house

(Bad hair day.  © 2011 MaidinSun Photography)

As mentioned previously, one of my goals this year is to learn to use the manual mode of my camera in preparation for jumping into the DSLR pool sometime in the future.  Having received a little windfall the other day (a surprise because I’d forgotten about it), I have the beginnings of a good savings account for said future purchase.

In addition to learning to use manual mode, I am attempting to stretch by doing something different every now and then.  Towards that end I decided to participate (as much as possible) in MCP Project 52:  One Photo a Week.  I qualified that with “as much as possible” because I don’t want to overload my plate.  There may be weeks when I don’t have time.

This week’s suggested theme was:  Something around the house.  I thought about shooting the snow around the house as my interpretation of the theme but I’ve already photographed and posted plenty of the white stuff.  Instead, I decided to try a still life, having been inspired by Marcie’s recent series.  Her still life photos are amazing!  If you haven’t seen them, go take a look.

Still life photography is not my thing, making it the perfect “something different.”  I located my tripod.  Poor thing has been collecting dust and cobwebs.  I grabbed a vase and a pineapple, set them up one at a time, and took a series of shots using various settings.  The pineapple pictured above  was my favorite of the bunch.  I was not terribly happy with any of the shots.  That’s okay.  It was fun and I learned a few things along the way.

(A collage of today’s attempts at a still life photo.)

The Lake Erie Snow Machine

The snow continues to fall, even when the sun makes an appearance.  I like watching the snowflakes glisten in the sun as they make their way to the ground.

(Blue jay.)

The birds are providing color today.  I spent a good portion of the morning watching them at the feeders.  I was hoping to catch the brilliant red male cardinal but he was too fast for me.

(Red-bellied woodpecker.)

While out on my walk today I experienced a couple of heavy snow squalls as well as some clearing and sunshine.  It was a nice, wintry mix.

(Snow on the roof.)

We should get enough snow tonight and tomorrow for cross-country skiing.  M and I are thinking about trying out some trails up near the lake (Erie), maybe at the Holden Arboretum.

(At the back of the pond.)

Time for me to get moving.  Dinner time approaches.  I’m making a cauliflower and potato curry for dinner tonight.  It’s been a while since I made a curry.  I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll leave you with one or two more photos from today’s walk.  See you tomorrow!

(Sunshine peering through the woods.)

(Today’s view of the creek in the woods.)

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13 Comments on “108: Something around the house”

  1. Anna says:

    I love the photos of the blue jay and Red-bellied woodpecker. I’ll make a resolution right now upon seeing your lovely bird photos. To actively learn to photograph birds of every kind from the backyard variety to the migration birds that stop-over at spots in our state. That is a resolution I surely hope to keep and endeavor. 🙂

    Now, that is a good looking pineapple! Still life photography is a challenge. Wonderful snow scenes. I am in hopes that we’ll have appreciable snow by Monday. Our winter has been warm with no snow. Enjoyed your post and photos, Robin. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Anna. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to following up on your resolution and looking at your bird photographs. I’m just beginning in my attempts to photograph them. They move so quickly! I hope to have that cardinal captured before winter is over, but I think it’s going to be difficult. We have more blue jays than cardinals this year. Some years we have more cardinals than blue jays. So far I’ve only seen the one cardinal.

      It’s a tasty pineapple too. lol! We cut it open tonight. I don’t think I’ll be pursuing still life photography, but ya never know. 😉

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you in regards to the snow. But be careful what you wish for…

  2. penpusherpen says:

    whilst looking at the still life bleary eyed….I thought I was looking in the mirror…bad hair day? yup must shake off the Sunday feel of ‘slump’ and gain a new lease of energy, hair washing drying, straightening always wakes me up, the dunking of the head in water gives that feeling of being alive…(must make sure it’s set to warm this time ) … I’ve just been out into the garden and removed the old seed off the bird-table, the water bowl wasn’t frozen for the first time in days.. Yippee…it’s feeling slightly warmer… no white stuff to be seen… no birds either, I wonder if they’ve all gone round yours? Keep the photo’s coming I’m enjoying every one..
    and hope the Pineapple is as good as it looks, (despite the bad hair cut!!) xpenx

    • Robin says:

      Sometimes I wish my hair would look that cool, Pen. It’s mostly flat and pretty lifeless except when it’s humid. Then it curls in odd ways that are not good.

      The pineapple was delicious. Had some for breakfast this morning. At least it had its moment of fame before being dissected. 🙂

  3. Karma says:

    I agree with you that still lifes are both difficult and not my favorite. I’ve been trying some to fit my daily photo prompts this month and I’m not usually thrilled with the result.
    I’m very curious about your “picture a week” idea! I think I’ll have to check that out.
    We have a new coating of snow today – again only about 4″, but I’d love to be able to get some lovely shots outside while the snow remains. Your birds, as usual, are great – they lend the perfect color to your shots.

    • Robin says:

      The next “picture a week” prompt is pretty good, Karma. I used to pair music with photos on my other blog (Bountiful Healing). It’s been a long time. Might be fun to do it again.

      I hope you were able to get your snow shots. 🙂

  4. photobyholly says:

    I like the results of the top-left and bottom-right in the still-life collage! I, too, have been trying to understand the manual settings a little better myself. Beautiful bird shots!!

  5. Marcie says:

    Wonderful still lifes..and such gorgeous images from your day’s walk. Especially love the birds!

  6. Marianne says:

    Sunshine peering through the trees is pretty. I love the birds too.

    Great new blog theme also.

    Another challenge! This is great Robin.

  7. Robin says:

    Thank you, Marianne! 🙂

  8. […] Robin mentioned a weekly photo project back in January. It’s called MCP Project 52.  I’ve been meaning to jump in on this one, but for reasons I can’t quite figure, I haven’t done it yet.  Maybe you could go check it out and try it, let me know what you think? […]


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