Through The Lens Thursday #35: Texture

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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 ‘Texture’.  

Texture - dinosaur

Texture - crochet

Texture - headphones

No stories this week about the pictures. I pulled random objects from around the house, put them on my white coffee table, and started shooting. They turned out pretty well, yes?

I am tired, my friends. Shall I count the ways?

Nearly 32 weeks pregnant but feeling much further along. Also, looking it. Everything hurts.

The kids are pushing buttons every morning this week. They’re kicking my ass, in other words. I have to remind myself that despite some not-so-stellar moments, I am a good mom.  

I was considering closing comments here, because I understand that not everyone knows what to say about photos. And they get the least views and comments, so maybe people aren’t so interested in these posts? Now that I’m asking you these questions, I can’t really close comments, can I? I have enjoyed doing these weekly photography posts, because they make me take my camera out, and I do think I’ve improved. So it’s not really about page views or comments, but good lord, we know those are nice right?

Thank you to those who faithfully comment, week in, week out. I do appreciate you. 

(What do you think of these ‘texture’ photos? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)

Next week’s prompt: Golden

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.

I would love for you to check out my latest post at Everyday Family on 5 quiet time preschooler activities! Thank you.

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 worldโ€™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: Womenโ€™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 doesnโ€™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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  • August 28, 2014 Rebecca

    I am especially excited to be the first comment given the content of this post…! I like the dinosaur shot most, the color is awesome. I hope the boys ease up a bit and the twins too! You do have one thing going for you…great mom status!!
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      The dinosaur is my favorite too ๐Ÿ™‚
      And thank you, as always.

  • August 28, 2014 Janine Huldie

    I know the feeling well and I am not even pregnant, Alison. Seriously, I am tired and a bit stressed myself. Emma starts kindergarten next week and we have orientation today. I am truly all over the place emotionally about this time and decided I will take off for the rest of the weekend and the weekend with posting right now and just take time to try to enjoy as much as I can – at least that is the plan, but sure I will get my butt kicked all over by the girls, because even the best laid intentions very often get mucked up, because being a mother and having young kids is just as unpredictable as it gets, I suppose. Hugs to you and thinking about you today.
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      I wish you a restful, stress-free long weekend, Janine!
      Thank you for thinking of me. The love is felt!

  • August 28, 2014 Bev

    I really like the closeup of that knitting! And sometimes I wish I had a white table for photography’s sake–all ours are really dark (which is why I invested in a piece of white foam board). Oy, and I’m feeling for ya lady on the pregnancy front. I remember how horribly uncomfortable I was the last few weeks, and there was only one baby. You’re almost there!
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      We are lucky we kept our very scuffed and old Ikea table ๐Ÿ™‚
      Don’t tell – sometimes, I take pictures on my bed which has white sheets. Heh.
      And yes, nearly there. Just 5+ weeks now!

  • August 28, 2014 Allie

    32 weeks – you’re getting close! You’ve already made it longer than I did – I think you’re a fantastic mom!

    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      Yes, 5 weeks to full-term! How far did you make it with your twins?

  • August 28, 2014 Tamara

    It’s hard to rate photos, at least for me. People ask me sometimes but I struggle because in my head is 15 years of professional experience, and even that changes, and in my heart is something different.
    So I focus a lot on how they make me feel, rather than technical stuff and composition stuff. So subjective.
    I’m so sorry everything hurts!
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      It is subjective. As an amateur, it’s even harder for me to critique other people’s photographs, and I come to that with my own preferences in mind, it’s impossible to shake.

  • August 29, 2014 Rorybore

    Well, you know that I will comment on the photography pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

    my mom is here with me today and she also is a photography hobbyist and lover. we both love the knitting one. the bright colours and the pattern is perfect. I love the dinosaur skin one, but I kinda want to see his face…. rooooaaarrrr!!! LOL
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      Aw, I love that you and your Mom looked at the pictures, thank you!
      My 2 year old does the same thing with the dinosaur – he roars! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 29, 2014 Clare

    I liked this prompt alot, it was fun. Getting up close to a dinosaur though, genius! I hope you were careful, those things have big teeth….
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      Heh. It was a teeny dinosaur, because my 2 year old, though he loves them, gets scared of the big ones, hah!
      Yes, this one was a fun one, wasn’t it?

  • August 29, 2014 Natalie

    I love the one with the dinosaur…texture is such an important element in life but we often forget about it. I bet you are tired my friend…hold on you are almost there!
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      It’s my favorite too!
      Oh, all the tiredness. Just thinking about tired makes me tired, hah!

  • August 29, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Love the Dinosaur! Very cool texture.
    Are you getting excited to have the babies? Can you imagine suddenly
    having 4 instead of 2? WOW.
    Amazing! Surreal!
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      I am excited, and terrified! I know, TWO TO FOUR, OMG.

  • August 29, 2014 Andrea

    I think these texture shots are very good. I really like the first two, together – the chunky knit and the smooth molded plastic compliment each other in a lot of ways. And what is the last one?
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      The third one is part of headphones, the soft part that goes on the ear ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 29, 2014 Christine

    I enjoy the photo posts and seeing your response to the prompts. I love the dinosaur one – the framing and the texture. I do think that you’ve improved too! I’m sorry that everything hurts but 32 weeks!
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    • August 29, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad at least one person enjoys the photos! Because I love taking them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 29, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    I always want to read and see what you’re writing or showing. It doesn’t really matter if it’s photos or words – I just like hanging out in your space. I think also, maybe the fatigue and the discouragement of carrying so heavy (you are not very big and you’re carrying 2!) are colouring things? Maybe?

    Was that a felt hat? You can see the little fibres! So cool!!

    PS Love you ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • September 1, 2014 Alison

      Aw, I like having you here too, Jennie.
      Let’s just say, pregnancy is not my favourite thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s a crochet cushion I bought from my friend, Alma!

  • August 30, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Yikes 32 weeks preggo with twins? That’s outstanding, almost there – countdown!!! I love the knit image – the texture really stands out and it’s just so warm and comforting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope the kids ease up on your or maybe it’s just the impatience since you’re carrying two humans? hmm could be that. ๐Ÿ˜› Hope you have a great weekend Alison! -Iva
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    • September 1, 2014 Alison

      Pregnancy is hard, twin pregnancy is harder, so… ๐Ÿ™‚
      And thank you, hope you’re having a great weekend too!

  • August 31, 2014 Kerstin

    I do love seeing your weekly pictures – and can definitely see that they are more refined than at the beginning of the year. Awesome – don’t you just love getting better at something?
    Also – 32 weeks with twins? That’s amazing in itself. Take care of yourself! xo
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    • September 1, 2014 Alison

      It’s nice to get better at something, that’s for sure! Or I’d have wasted a good portion of my year, hah!

  • September 2, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    I enjoy your photography series.
    The dinosaur and the crochet piece are such diametric opposite surfaces that it really highlights various textures.

    Take it easy, Alison.
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    • September 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Rudri!

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