Some of the most beautiful photography I have ever come across, is on blogs, taken by bloggers. Some are photographers by profession, many are just like me, budding amateurs who have always had a love for it, but did not really take it seriously until we started blogging.
I have had my ‘big girl’ camera for a while now, and I like to think that my pictures are much better than they were before I started blogging. Shooting in manual mode, learning the jargon of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and metering, navigating the world of editing – although I have learned a lot, there is still so much more.
Due to the easy nature of taking pictures with our phones (and the lure of shiny Instagram!), it is easy to choose not to grab the camera, and fiddle with settings. However, as with many things, practice makes perfect in photography.
In 2014, I want to be better at photography. I want to pick up my camera and shoot. I want to shoot in RAW. I want to learn everything about editing. And so does my friend, Greta who writes at GFunkified.
Together, we conceived the idea of a one-year photography project, Through The Lens Thursday. Once a week (yes, on Thursday), we 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.
This week’s prompt is “Soft”.
I found this very festive bear lying on the floor after the boys had gone down for their nap. It was the little one’s Christmas present from his Secret Santa at school.
He spent all day and the following week playing with the box it came in.
This is no surprise, is it? Children don’t really need much in way of toys. My kids’ favorite things to play with are, in no particular order: empty boxes, tissue paper, and water.
Anyway. The bear. The incongruous bear wearing a hat and scarf in our tropical weather. Of course I know he can’t feel it. But it just looks… silly. Which brings me to the topic of gift giving. My, my, aren’t we jumping around everywhere today?
Do you sometimes feel that people don’t understand you, because you received a gift that was so not you? And you think, how could you not know? Don’t you know what I like, what I need, what I want? Why did I get a generic, neutral gift? (or worse, something I most definitely do not want) Why do we care so much about gifting anyway? It’s a gift, no? It’s not an obligation.
The festive bear made me think that the parent who decided on this bear to give to my son, didn’t give much thought into what a toddler might enjoy (even though his/ her child is the same age). With the spending limit, one could get many things. A pail and bucket plastic set. A coloring book. A ball.
A soft teddy bear. That’s what he got. I got something to write about.
If you’d like to post your own picture on your blog, or social media, based on our weekly prompt, please do and let us know about it, we will definitely want to check it out! #ThroughTheLensThursday
Next week’s prompt: Corner
For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page.
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And, check out my post on Everyday Family today about the 8 things we should do with our toddlers and preschoolers in 2014.
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