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A Photography Workshop

This afternoon, I attended a photography workshop organised by Jeanette Verster, and I had a lot of fun. It was aimed at moms with cameras, and was built around photographing children and getting more out of your camera. I discovered more menus on my Pentax K200 than I knew existed, and Jenty’s instruction brought back a lot of what I learnt back when I was working on a photo lab.

After we finished the theory part of the workshop and had worked out how to change the F-stop, ISO settings and the way the cameras focus, we headed off to practice our newly learned composition skills by photographing the kidlets who had come with their mommies.

And then my cameras batteries died! My Pentax uses four AA batteries, and I’ve been using Varter 2500 mAh rechargeables… which I suspect may have reached the end of their 2500 hour lifespan since I charged them yesterday.

I did take a few pics, but they’re of other people’s children so I won’t post them here. I did recharge again when I got home and I got a couple of cute pictures of my Turk who was lying on the bed near me. Its not within the composition guidelines, but I was immensely impressed by how clear the picture was without a flash! You can see his fur clearly, his beautiful red flame-point markings and his blue eyes!

The First Flower!

I’ve had this cactus since I can’t remember when, my sister C gave it to me years ago- and it finally flowered!!
Isn’t this the prettiest flower!!?!
It lives on my kitchen windowsill and it clearly loves the new potted plant food I am using.


My Prize From Scott!

the box…
opening the box…
the tumbler emerging…
…its so big and so pretty!

And trust me, the pictures don’t do it justice!
Anyone remember me blogging about winning second prize in Gnat of Glass’ competition?
Well, my prize finally arrived after Scott had a hard time getting it to me… and I went and collected it from the post office on Friday! I was so excited I wanted to rip it open in the car, but I knew it was glass and I was terrified of breaking it in my haste… I did shake it gently and heard no tinking sounds- which I took to mean it had arrived in one piece! When I got to the office I opened the box and there was LOADS of shredded paper on top, and gently rolled in bubble wrap under the paper was this glass tumbler- hand made by Scott himself with his own two hands! It even has a number etched on the bottom and the base still has a rough part where Scott cut it off the tube!
I haven’t decided where its going yet…
Thank you Scott!