Through The Lens Thursday #3: Movement

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Movement”. 

Fan moving

Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/200, F5.6, ISO 100

Given that many of you are freezing your nuts off in what is known as the Polar Vortex, it seems  a little cruel to show you a fan. 

This fan keeps us cool, therefore sane. Year-round tropical weather sounds glorious when you are snowed in, and going out the door equals a gargantuan task of putting everyone in their cold weather gear. Year-round tropical weather also means nearly 100% humidity, which equals hell for me, a sweater (as in I sweat, not that I resemble a piece of clothing). 

I won’t complain. 

I have my fan.

May your weather get friendlier, my friends.

(What do you think of my movement photo? This IS a photography exercise, so I would love any critique!)

Next week’s prompt: White

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.


So, a while back, I wrote about being done now that we have two children. 

Never say never, right? Because I wrote about three children being the new two over at Families In The Loop (a new writing gig! I will be there every 6 weeks or so). Come weigh in. Have you ever said “I’m done!”, then gone back on your word?

And I’ve been stuffing my face with these homemade granola bars I made for my toddler (what? They’re YUMMY) – I am sharing this very easy recipe along with 5 other recipes for delicious and healthy homemade toddler snacks at Everyday Family. What’s your go-to kid snack? (for the kids, not you)

What’s new with you this week?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • January 16, 2014 Nicole

    As much as I like to moan & groan about the cold temps, I love having four seasons. I don’t think I could handle all humidity, all the time! Can’t wait to check out your other posts. I eat granola bars every day (they’re my pre-run fav!), so I’d love to find a yummy, homemade version. Please tell me there have chocolate chips? And I’m absolutely sure we’re done at two. A decision that was reaffirmed this week when my 21-month-old started launching herself from her crib. Fabulous. Guess it’s time for a big girl bed! I don’t know anything about photography, but I love this week’s photo!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      My 20 month old sleeps in a crib, but with one side down, and a mattress on the floor next to him. So far, so good πŸ™‚ Though, we are planning to get him a regular single bed soon.

      And yes, my recipe does allow for chocolate chips! The good thing about it is, you can customize the mix-ins. So yummy.

  • January 16, 2014 Allie

    The fan actually looks like it’s moving. Fabulous! I’d always heard 4 was the new 2:). But I’m thinking that perhaps by bringing it up, you are considering a third?

    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      The wan WAS moving! πŸ™‚
      And yes, we are considering a third! *gulp*

  • January 16, 2014 Jennifer McCullough

    Hi Alison, This is a COOL pic! Pun intended:) LOL I see a bit of grain there and wonder if that’s because you’ve compressed the pic to improve your page load time or if it was due to lighting, etc. I need to go back and optimize the pictures on my site, but I’m afraid of sacrificing quality so I haven’t done it yet.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Jennifer! The picture is a little grainy because the ISO was quite high at 800, as I had the shutter speed on high too. Or it would have been too dark. πŸ™‚ Thanks for playing along this week!

  • January 16, 2014 Sarah

    I try to give my kid the same snacks I have, that is, my healthified versions of things. I have created quite the expensive snack habit now that he constantly demands “bars” — that is, Larabars or Kind bars! Lately I’ve been making my own version from a recipe I found called Apple Pie Bites. I really want to try green smoothies on him now that he’s into superheroes and I can sell it as a Hulk smoothie. =)
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, that’s so clever, Hulk Smoothies! Good luck, Sarah!

  • January 16, 2014 Gracielle

    Looking at the picture of the fan in the midst of the polar vortex wasn’t cruel at all. Driving past an ice cream truck in the middle of a snowy parking lot was very cruel! So sorry I haven’t been able to jump into this awesome series yet. It’s been bananas around here! But I do love seeing everyone else’s photos.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Oh man, yes, that IS cruel!!
      We have 49 more prompts, so whenever you like, jump in!

  • January 16, 2014 Barbara

    The fan looks like it is moving. I’m lucky the winter here has been pretty mild. I’m such a wimp when it comes to the cold.

    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      The fan WAS moving! πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 Allie

    So much going on here today – I love it! It’s been a balmy 45 degrees here lately so I won’t bash you too much about the fan. Plus, I’ve been sick in bed staring at mine so, for a second, I thought I may still be in bed!! You captured “movement” for sure and I’m loving this series.
    I so want to try the granola bars. I rarely meet (eat!) one I don’t like.
    Ever go back on a “never?” Um – YES! I will never run another marathon. Then I ran 4 more.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Do try the granola bar, it’s SO good.
      Hope you’re feeling better!

  • January 16, 2014 Galit Breen

    Lovelovelove the fan as movement!

    (Also, we’re FREEZING here and still use our bedroom fan at night?!)

    And congrats on the new gig!!

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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      To circulate the cold air? Hee!
      Thank you!

  • January 16, 2014 Bev

    Thankfully that polar vortex seems to have passed by us, and it has been unusually wam (though not warm enough to warrant a fan). While I do prefer the warmer weather, I don’t think I could deal with tropical weather year round!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      The humidity really sucks! πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 Alma

    Here in our southern home we have a fan in every room, including the porch. Even if its cold I turn it on because I love the white noise at night. Here the weather changes every three days… it can be 50 -60 for a few days then its below freezing temperatures then next.
    I love the light on one side of the fan, it casts some nice shadows on the opposite side.
    Yeah, I’m a fan of this one πŸ™‚
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      I actually love the white noise of the fan too.
      And thank you! I quite like this photo myself πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2014 Tamara

    I can’t stand humidity either! Winter or humidity. The only consolation with living in New England is that the in-betweens – spring and fall – are just that good that you endure the rest.
    I love the photo. I love the way the blades are not in focus and the center is. Nice aperture/shutter speed work!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tamara! High praise from you πŸ™‚
      I really wish I lived in a country of four seasons. Year-round tropical weather is so dull!

  • January 16, 2014 tracy

    Congrats on your new gig! And I think you should have four kids. Or five. Not even kidding.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! And no way!!! (OMG) xo

  • January 16, 2014 Katie

    Love the fan pic! I have so much to learn. I have a cool idea for movement, but it requires I remember to bring my camera to school AND that I know what I’m doing. Two hard things for me! Ack!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      It’s all a learning process. Maybe you can try shooting on weekends for the next 49 prompts? (why yes, see you every week! Heh)

  • January 16, 2014 Shannon

    Yes. It is rather frigid here, but I can’t stand to be hot so I empathize with your perpetual need of a fan. The photo looks great. I like the focus on the central stationary part. It makes the movement of the blades even more noticeable. I really want to do this prompt, but it may be a day or two until I get to it.
    Congrats on your new role!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, I like the effect of the blades too. I wanted to slow the shutter down more, but the lighting was poor, and upping the ISO more would make it very grainy. (gosh I love photography talk!)

  • January 16, 2014 KalleyC

    The fan looks like it’s moving! I cannot do all humidity all the time. As much as I don’t like shoveling snow, I like having snow. Odd, isn’t it? I am also doing a project 52 over at my blog. I picked one object, and I am going to try to photograph it with 52 different themes or different ways.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      That’s a very challenging and interesting photo project! Have fun!

  • January 16, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    If that were to be a photo of a heater or heated blanket that would make me smile as I have cold air blasting above my head at work πŸ™‚ It’s heated air but feels cool when it reaches me. In the summertime though, that is a beautiful thing. πŸ™‚ We get all 4 seasons here so I can’t complain, it’s good to enjoy each season for what it is. For now, I enjoy the cuddling the cold weather induces. πŸ™‚ Have a great one Alison and great photo! -iva
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Cold weather cuddling – what’s not to love? πŸ™‚

  • January 17, 2014 Kerstin

    I am no expert, but I think the picture is awesome. I love how the middle of the fan is in focus even though it’s not in the middle of the picture!
    Also – 100% humidity would kill me for sure. Yes, I bitch and complain when it gets “polar” around here, but at about 15% humidity year-round both the cold and the hot are easier to deal with!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Kerstin! I am really happy with how the photograph turned out!
      Yeah the 100% humidity really sucks the life out of you (me). Ugh.

  • January 17, 2014 Rorybore

    Great capture. It does look like it’s moving. And I like all the white and grey shades too – it keeps the shot light and cool. Rather like what a fan does I suppose.
    And even though it is well below zero Celsius where I am, we do actually keep a fan on to circulate the air. The freezing cold temperatures of Canadian winter can often mean Dry Dry Dry; so it helps.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      The fan was moving! To fit the prompt πŸ™‚
      So fans are basically cool in every kind of weather!

    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thank you – the fan was moving! To fit the prompt πŸ™‚
      So fans are basically cool in every kind of weather!

  • January 17, 2014 Stacey

    I must say, you’ve done a poor job making me think that year-round tropical weather is a bad thing. πŸ˜‰ I love the motion you captured with your fan. In my next life, I want to become a photographer! I love photography!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Hah! I guess if you’re freezing your butt off, tropical weather does sound kinda nice πŸ™‚
      No need to wait for the next life – pick you the camera now!

  • January 17, 2014 Tess

    I love your blog new look-very cool! Too bad that I missed the challenge.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Tess! You can join the challenge any time! There’s no deadline, nor is there a linky. Join our Flickr group, and post your pictures during the entire week of each prompt. No hard and fast rules there πŸ™‚

  • January 17, 2014 Ashlee

    Love the fan picture! I always get lost trying to focus on one fan blade and following it. I’ve got my son into and it’s hilarious to watch him!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      That’s what my husband does for fun sometimes, hah!

  • January 17, 2014 Lady Jennie

    You caught the fan while it was still moving? Cool! I like that the centre is in focus. I have just the picture to enter for next week’s prompt, even though it wasn’t on manual setting. Congrats on your new writing gig! Awesome!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Can’t wait to see your picture next week!

  • January 17, 2014 Greta

    As much as warm weather sounds great right now (although it is pretty nice today), I would miss the seasons. Spring and fall make up half the year, and they’re my favorites! Is the fan moving slowly or fast? Like I said on flickr, it looks slow and soothing to me. If that’s what you were going for, it’s awesome! If it was moving fast (like you’re being stifled by the heat), you could slow the shutter speed even more, I think, to blur the blades even more. You know? But I love it!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      It was moving pretty fast! I didn’t think to try a lower shutter speed at the time, lighting was pretty bad, and I didn’t want to push the ISO up more, since it was already pretty grainy. But definitely, I should have gone slower to get more movement. And thank you!

  • January 17, 2014 Natalie

    I could really live without winter…and just have spring, fall, and summer! I love my ceiling fans!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      That would be awesome, 4 months of Spring, Summer and Fall!

  • January 17, 2014 Janice Trinh

    Ahhh…ceiling fans remind me of the Philippines. Tropical weather calls for it, you know?

    And as for 3 as the new 2, well, I’ve got 3, I wouldn’t mind a 4. πŸ˜‰

    Love the prompt this week. Can’t wait for the next one!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Is your husband on board for 4? πŸ™‚

  • January 17, 2014 Kimberly

    Stop. Making. All. Of. The. Things.
    Signed Thighs.
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      No. Way.
      Signed, Greedy. xo

  • January 17, 2014 sarah reinhart

    love. the whiirrrrr of the fan. I get that in this image. excellent capture. xx.

    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Sarah! #flattered

  • January 17, 2014 Kim

    I am OK with winter (I suppose that is a good thing, being Canadian and all.) I find March is the hardest month for me. Not that it is colder than January or February, but at that point we have had nearly 4 months of winter and I am ready for spring. And summer, when we need our fans, too. πŸ™‚
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Oh man, I can imagine 4 straight months of cold would be hard!

  • January 18, 2014 Alexa

    I’m sorry I have not been by as often as I used to come lately! I’ve been so slammed with PR for the book (which thank you so much for including in your giveaway!) that blogging and visiting my fave blogs has taken a back seat. I LOVE the new look of your blog! And THREE is much, much harder than TWO. So yes, I am done! πŸ™‚
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Alexa! I know it’s a busy time for you, no need for apologies!
      3 is harder than 2 – should I just stick to 2? πŸ™‚

  • January 18, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Turn that fan off, I am getting a draught! Ha, I am def checking out the granola bars, they sound yum! Clare x
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      Haha! Funny lady. πŸ™‚

  • January 18, 2014 Susi

    I have to rifle through my old albums and see if I can find the pictures I took of a few of our ceiling fans a while back – just because! And yes, they are life savers when the weather is hot. Just not right now – it’s even cold here in sunny South Florida!
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    • January 18, 2014 Alison

      When it’s cold in Florida, it must be REALLY cold! πŸ™‚

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