My Sunday Photo 9

My Sunday Photo

Robin Opportunity

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Notice / Stop / Capture
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Thanks for your help last week; whilst it was nice to see my lighter and clearer Robin shot, I grew to really appreciate my original silhouette pictures of the Robin. I captured a Robin on camera; what an achievement for an amateur photographer … especially considering how quick they are on their feet. Bring on the next photography challenge … whatever it may be. 🙂

Well, you’ll never believe what happened on Friday evening. After much dilly-dallying about what to eat for dinner, I left the house to pick up the Chinese takeaway we had ordered. I took the camera with me just in case … but I promised my husband that I won’t spend loads of time taking pictures of things that catch my eye.

I was still in our compound when I heard the familiar sounds; I stopped and looked around to see where it was coming from. O my word, a Robin on a tree, another hopping from one branch to another!

I quickly switched on my camera and changed its mode to ‘sport’; the ‘macro’ and ‘colour’ features were already set. I pointed it upwards and scanned the tree to see where to focus. The hopping Robin was gone but the one on a branch was still there. I zoomed to get it … ‘click’. No time to check my picture, the Robin was on the move … another ‘click’ as soon as the camera was ready again.

Robin on the move |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumThen the Robin rested on a nearby beam, I knew I had to be really fast. I quickly adjusted my zoom, trying desperately to focus well … ‘click’, ‘click’.

Robin on the beam |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumAnother ‘click’ … THE CLICK … I didn’t of course know this then.

Robin on the beam |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumOff again the Robin went … back to the tree … ‘click’ … another ‘click’ as it seemed to take flight, but I or/and my camera weren’t quick enough … another time perhaps. 🙂

Robin on the move 2 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumI tried to see where it went, but a cat came running for another bird and I knew the Robin was definitely gone.

As you can imagine, I quickly checked my shots and they looked alright, especially the ones on the beam. I curbed my excitement though; I couldn’t be sure of their quality until I saw them on the computer screen.

I continued my journey, stopping a few times to take pictures of flowers whilst remembering I needed to be home soon. The wind was helpful in keeping me moving; the flowers were not still enough you see. Thus, making it that much easier to keep my promise of getting home soon.

I couldn’t wait to show my husband my Robin captures when I got home, before proceeding to the computer to check their quality. I was disappointed that they were not all as good as I thought and hoped. But my, the 5th picture … I was and still am so delighted about it.

There was no further question about My Sunday Photo this week, I knew what it had to be. 🙂

The whole experience turned my mind towards opportunities in life. I tend to compare them to birds and my Robin pictures capture it well. I’ll leave my reflections for another post, to avoid this one from being too long.

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Do you have instances like this, when lovely moments present themselves to you? / What is one of your best photography experience?

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My Sunday Photo 12Apr15

My Sunday Photo

Catching a Robin

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Observe / Pause / Snap
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I’m moving away from sharing flowers this week but I need your help.

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Whilst on a walk during the week with Precious Sparkle, we passed through a beautiful alley way. I heard some sounds and quick movements in the trees above that made me stop. ‘Hmm … Robins’, I wondered; I wasn’t disappointed when I looked up.

Perched Robin 1 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #My Sunday Photo | @aNoviceMumI quickly moved the buggy out of the way, secured it, and brought out my bridge camera. I knew I had to be quick because Robins are always on the move. I tried to find one to focus on but none stayed still long enough. And then, I saw this one perched on a branch … ‘quick’, I thought. I focused, zoomed, focused again, and snapped … and again … and again … and then it flew away.

Perched Robin 2 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #My Sunday Photo | @aNoviceMumAn elderly lady passed by at this point and I wondered if she thought it strange to see a lady with a buggy, looking up with a big camera and taking pictures. I felt a need to explain myself, albeit briefly because I wanted to take more pictures.

“Oh, those Robins”, I said, they’re so quick on their feet, aren’t they? I’m trying to get a good picture of them; look at what I’ve got so far”, I continued. ‘They look alright”, or something to that effect, she responded and walked on.

Perched Robin 3 |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumI looked for another ‘still’ Robin but there was none 🙁 ; more folks passed by and I thought I better move on. I suppose I didn’t want anyone to think I was strange. 🙂 In any case, Precious Sparkle had, had enough of his snapping mother; he needed a different scene.

I enjoyed the rest of the walk, took more pictures, and looked forward to seeing them properly on the computer screen at home.

My Robin pictures … I like them, but …. the light didn’t seem to work for me … or did it?. Perhaps, the Robins would have been more visible if I had stood at a different angle … I’ll never know now … oh well.

Perched Robin Collage |Adventures of a Novice Mum | #MySundayPhoto | @aNoviceMumI’m not one for really editing the details in my pictures; I’m just never sure where to start from. However, I decided to play about with the exposure of this set on Picmonkey … to perhaps improve them.

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What do you think of my original captures? Which do you prefer?

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My Sunday Photo 05Apr15

My Sunday Photo

A flower in a house

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Noticing / Capturing / Moving
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Last week, I noted the photographic inspiration that I derive from people’s front gardens; what about people’s houses! I was at a very dear friend’s some days ago, and as is usual for me these days, I had my camera with me. ‘Hmmmmmm’, did I hear you say? 🙂 Well, this blogger keeps one of her blogging aids quite close; she never knows when it might come in handy. 😉

Precious Sparkle and I were on our way back from our monthly extended breastfeeding group, 🙂 with a parking fine in tow (another tale to tell) :-(. It’s not uncommon that I’ll check with my lovely friend if I could stop by hers on my way home. She graciously agreed to see us though I only called to ask if we could visit whilst parked less than 1 minute from their driveway. 🙂 We love hanging out with their family, and definitely in their home. Her homemaking skills reminds me of what I’ll like mine to be someday. 🙂

As usual, we sat down and started catching up in her beautiful sitting room; and then I saw this by a window!

Sunday Photoo 05Ap15‘O my word, what a beauty’, I thought. The camera had to come out! If you’ve seen my previous ‘My Sunday Photo‘ posts, you know that I enjoy taking and sharing pictures of flowers. 🙂

Multitasking is one of the accepted features of parenting, and it came in very handy in this situation. In addition, the timing was just right; the conversation between my friend and I was gradually slowing down. You see, she focused more and more on Precious Sparkle as we shared our news. So, I stood up, unzipped the bag where I keep my camera (until I get a proper camera case), and started my picture-taking process.

I of course was still involved in our time together, and our conversation continued; albeit, with more quiet moments in between. As usual, I experimented with different tones for similar shots.

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I found its position, background, colour contrast, and detail intriguing. So, I tried to capture as much of it from different angles and distance, as quickly possible. Afterall, I came to spend time with my friend and her husband, not to take pictures. 🙂 And my fast-moving Precious Sparkle needed my FULL attention!

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One usually knows when it’s time to put the camera down and move on, and thankfully I did. We moved from their sitting room to their kitchen space, then to their garden and back; making lovely memories all the way. A lot of laughing, more talking, a few more pictures; and it was time to go home!

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Do you find photographic inspiration in people’s houses? Do you end up taking different shots of the same object too? What do you think of my pictures? 🙂

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My Sunday Photo 29Mar15

My Sunday Photo

A Front Garden Shot

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Check Out This View

A Glimpse

Amazing the difference in the display of snaps on camera screens versus computer screens.

I had felt quite discouraged when I took some pictures of the Terrace Gardens; until I saw them on my computer.

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My capture doesn’t do justice to the view but it’s one that brings back lovely memories.

CheckOutThisView 21Mar15 | Another view of the Terrace Gardens | Adventures of a Novice Mum

I have gone on walks here many times over the years, and sat down for a few hot drinks in its cute café.

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I have watched Parakeets having fun,

CheckOutThisView 21Mar15 parakeetRobins enjoying themselves, and sat on the edge of my seat whilst Crows came too close for comfort.

CheckOutThisView 21Mar15 crowrobinI have stood in awe of the Almighty as I gazed at its many magnificent trees; and felt amazement, observing its delicate mini garden designs.

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I have been part of so much laughter and refreshing at this Gardens.

If I hadn’t known me better, I will say that I would visit this place more often if I lived close by.

It is so beautiful … so exquisite … with its little hills (fab for exercising), gorgeous plants, elegant trees, cute green house, changing flower arrangements, quaint café, scurrying squirrels, chirping birds, and view of the river Thames.

I lived about 5 mins walk away many years ago, when I had more time on my hands (I didn’t realise this then).

I wish I valued it as much then …

I wish I visited it daily to take in its fresh air then …

I wish I explored it weekly to fill me with wonder then …

I wish I sat there regularly to take in its beauty then …

I wish I allowed myself to be regularly enriched by it then …

I wish ….

So sad how we don’t always see the beauty around us … how we don’t always maximise the opportunities that stare us in the face.

I hope I do better now with what I have around me, so that I don’t wish I’d done so in time to come.

Do you take full advantage of the scenery near you?

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Black and White Photo

3 in a Row

As we walked back to get Precious Sparkle, I noticed the flowers in people’s front gardens.

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My Sunday Photo 22Mar15

My Sunday Photo

Sidewalk Flower Capture

Searching / Experimenting / Sharing / Exploring photography
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Check Out This View 4

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Dangling Over Water

The walk to the car after a Thai Sunday lunch …
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